Debate; COELHO; Agency for the management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security & justice.
Yet another expensive, bureaucratic monster arises by combining VIS, SIS and Eurodac, whether or not any member state currently participates in these agencies.
It is meant to develop Schengen which itself is under pressure due to the Libyan situation. What is the use of a system to allow free movement which has to be partially suspended because of the free movement it encourages?
I understand there will be a central agency to retain finger prints and biometric records for five years, including material obtained under SIS; "information regarding certain categories of persons and property".
So, under the guise of facilitating the free movement of people we have a resurrection of the Stasi.
Of course this is intended to lead to EU immigration control. For the UK many immigrants come from the commonwealth, a voluntary association including every single one of our former colonies. Well, we have our own border controls for that purpose and the EU does not have the right to interfere.