As of today, Croatia is connected to the Schengen
Information System (SIS), the most widely used information sharing system for
security and border management in Europe. Croatia will now be able to exchange
information with other Member States through SIS on persons wanted in relation
to terrorism and other serious crimes, missing persons and certain objects such
as stolen vehicles, firearms and identity documents. This will further enhance
information exchange between Member States and will contribute to the security
of all European citizens. Croatia's integration into SIS will also help reduce
waiting time at land borders between Croatia and Slovenia - with both Member
States having access to SIS II, there will no longer be a need for checks against
databases on both sides of the border.
The Commission had proposed the
gradual integration of Croatia into the SIS on 18 January 2017, with the
Council adopting the Commission proposal on 25 April 2017 and setting the date
for the entry into operation for 27 June 2017. In December 2016, the Commission
presented a legislative
proposal to further strengthen the operational effectiveness of the
Schengen Information System by improving the security and accessibility of the
system and including new alert categories as well as the obligation for Member
States to create SIS alerts in cases related to terrorist offences.
The addition of Croatia now brings the total number of Members States and Associated Countries that use SIS to 30. Further to these EU Agencies Europol and Eurojust also have access to the system.
The second generation of the Schengen Information System (SIS II) is one of the large-scale IT systems that have been entrusted to eu-LISA.
Further readings: SIS II Information Leaflet