Malta & EU Agree on Temporary Solution for Implementation of Entry/Exit System

The European Union’s Commission will permit Malta to put into place an alternative system at its borders instead of the automatic Entry/Exit System (EES), though only temporarily.

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The Maltese government and the EU Commission have agreed on a temporary solution for the introduction of the EES at the borders of Malta, after the latter failed to set up the technology required for the implementation of the automated system at its borders, Schengen.News reports.

According to the Times of Malta, the government and the Commission have refused to reveal any further information on the matter. The Commission however, has pointed out that Malta is amongst the very few EU countries that are currently unprepared for the implementation of the system.

MEP Agius: We Could Be Suspended From Schengen for Not Implementing EES

On July 3, Maltese politician Peter Agius, who is a Member of the European Parliament from the Nationalist Party, had raised the issue, warning that Malta could be suspended from the Schengen Zone if it failed to implement EES on time.

It seems that our country has left for the last the implementation of a European law that has been agreed for six years so much so that until a few days ago there was still no contract to ensure the purchase of the new equipment needed to replace the existing equipment in airport.

Maltese MEP Peter Agius

He has also accused the government of putting at risk the freedom of movement of the citizens of Malta in the Schengen Area due to their lack of seriousness.

Services of the European Commission told MEP Agius that the government of his country is preparing a manual and temporary passport control system, in a bid to remain in the Schengen Zone. Yet, he believes this system will be bureaucratic, and could cause delays at Malta’s borders.

Several EU Airports Not Ready for EES Implementation Either

At the beginning of the month, British Telegraph had warned that numerous EU airports are not ready to implement the EES system for third country nationals in October, either.

The same claims that the problem is evident mainly in smaller airports which have not installed the fingerprint technology yet, warning that the issue could become a headache for British nationals travelling to the EU.

At the same time, it is believed that the Entry/Exit System mobile phone app, which was supposed to make it easier for travellers to pass the EU borders, won’t be ready on October 6 either, but will be rolled out later on.

The EES is an automated IT system which starting from OCtober 6 will be registering every entry and exit of travellers from third-countries, in a bid of the EU to make its territory more secure for its citizens and tackle immigration.