On November 19th, 2018, the European Council, a governing part of the European Union (EU), met in Brussels and agreed to create a stronger Schengen Information System, or SIS.
What is SIS?
The SIS is a large-scale information system that supports security at external Schengen Zone borders. The system went into effect in April 2013 and is Europe’s most widely used security database. SIS currently contains over 80 million records. In 2017 alone, the SIS was consulted more than 5.2 billion times. The proposed changes will make Schengen Zone travel safer on many levels, creating tighter regulations and an upgrade to a completely integrated, digital system.