A New system for border control within countries of the European Union, created by Portuguese experts will be implemented in April of the current year, including the members that joined the Union after 2004.
The Portuguese system is an adaptation of the system currently used within the EU – The Schengen Information System (SIS), which until now only covered those countries that were members before 2004. The SIS, with head office in Strasbourg, France, which has been in use since 1995, is a huge computerised system which offers immediate information regarding data introduced in the system by the member-states, concerning citizens (for whom search warrants were issued or who were reported missing, for example) and property (such as stolen cars).
The new system offered by Portugal will not be a definite solution, but just a temporary measure up to the moment when the SIS II, which is delayed in its development, becomes implemented. The new SIS will encompass the possibility of introducing biometric data, such as photographs and finger prints.