1. Name of the Fund
European External Border Fund
2. Annual Program
Priority „Support for development of IT systems required for implementation of the Community eligibility tool in the field of external borders and visas”
Activity 4.2 „Integration of the national biometrical data processing system with the Schengen information system II (SIS II) and the integrated information system of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Latvia”
5. Name of the project
„Integration of the national biometrical data processing system with the Schengen information system II (SIS II) and the integrated information system of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Latvia”
6. Description of the project
The Information Centre of the Ministry of Interior (MI IC) according to the Biometrical Data Processing Law shall be considered holder and manager of the Biometrical Data Processing System. According to the law on Operation of the Schengen Information System, technical operation of SIS in Latvia is ensured by MI IC, while in relation to the Latvian government share of SIS, MI IC shall be considered performing functions of the manager of the system
Thus, considering availability of information and infrastructure, the most effective creation of the link between SIS II and the biometrical data processing system will be ensured by MI IC. Schengen information system II (SIS II), which shall be put into operation in 2013, processing of biometrical information is expected.
Currently, the biometrical information (digital photos of faces of the respective category of persons) is being already stored in the integrated home affair information system (hereinafter referred to as IIIS). Exchange of information (incl. biometrical) between right protection institutions of the EU Member States is expected in different EU legislative enactments, for instance, Council Decision 2008/615/TI „On Enhancement of Transboundary Cooperation, in Particular, Combating against Terrorism and Transboundary Crime” dated by 23 June 2008, Council Principal Decision Nr.2006/960/TI „On Facilitation of Information and Intelligence Exchange of the European Union Member State Right Protection Institutions” dated by 18 December 2006 and other legislative enactments. On 21 May 2009, The Parliament of the Republic of Latvia accepted law „On Biometrical Data Processing System” (valid from 10 June 2009), regulating development and operation of the national biometrical data processing systems (hereinafter referred to as BDAS). At the national level, biometrical data will be stored both in IIIS and BDAS. At the same time, biometrical information entered into the common system SIS II of the EU Member States and in other shared international systems will fail to reach IIIS and BDAS, since: first, there is no legal grounds for that, second, it will unnecessarily charge BDAS. Thus, no links with other internationally used systems, incl. SIS II, for inclusion of biometrical data into national information systems is expected.
Within the framework of the European Regional Development Fund project „Development of the biometrical data processing system” biometrical data processing system (hereinafter referred to as BDAS) will be developed. Within the framework of ERDF project, considering the limited amount of funds, no implementation of integrated search solution by biometrical data is expected, though, a unified interface for acquisition of biometrical data from the central biometrical database will be created, thus, creating preconditions for ensuring of exchange with these data with other information systems, incl. SIS II, as well.
However, within the framework of the BDAS project no necessary procedures will be developed to include these data/ verification into other systems, as well as all related systems have been enhanced and their functionality adjusted to processing of biometrical data. Failing to create inter-system links and to enhance national systems will prevent effective and high-quality biometrical data processing and quick verification, integrated search of information (using one request for search of information) in national systems and in international shared systems. At the same time, after previous investigation of the situation, it was established that the State Police has no appropriate equipment (i.e. scanners, computers and, consequently, connection of technical equipment to the secure computer network – i.e. procurement of the computer network security devices is also required), through which an effective and high-quality acquisition of biometrical data is possible, include them into BDAS, as well as to perform their processing at a later time (incl. for expert needs). Furthermore, in order to do an effective preventive work in identification of illegal immigrants and other persons of interest of right protection institutions against the person control list, procurement of several specific video flow cameras required, which will be installed in the places with high intensity of people flow, for instance, at VRS Riga airport border control, at port border control and other VRS border controls.
7. Project will be implemented until 30 November 2012.