Belgium approves biometrics for EU entry/exit system (EES)

Belgium’s Federal Council of Ministers has approved establishment of a new biometric migrant database to be accessible by all EU member states. This is part of an EU wide system for information sharing on entry and exit of migrants into the area. Under the EU entry/Exit system EES, EU states have been piloting biometric border control systems.
Belgium’s system will have the capacity to store a migrant’s biometric data for up to 90 days, enabling immigration officials in Belgium to determine validity of a non-EU national in their jurisdiction.