ID WORLD International Congress: Dr. Frank Paul

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Dr. Frank Paul

DG Home-Affairs – European Commission

Speaks at ID WORLD on EU Commission Priorities

For more than five years, Dr. Frank Paul headed the Unit “Large-scale IT systems”, the largest operational unit within the European Commission’s Directorate-General Justice, Freedom and Security. Since 1 October 2008, he heads the unit “IT systems: Infrastructure and Legal Issues”.

His unit supports mainly the development of the second-generation SIS (Schengen Information System, one of the biggest Border Control and Police Information systems worldwide) and the future VIS (Visa Information System).

Dr. Paul has a legal background in German, French and International Law and joined the European Commission in 1993 as a Permanent Official.

Coming from the Commission’s Legal Service, he joined the then Task Force Justice and Home Affairs (now a Directorate-General) in 1998 and before his appointment as Head of Unit, worked as a project manager for EURODAC and on a variety of legal and organisational issues all related to Asylum and Immigration.


A major achievement in the European Union’s common visa policy was the start of operations of the Visa Information System this year on 11 October in North Africa. Member State consulates have begun issuing Schengen visas incorporating biometric identifiers, namely fingerprints and the digital facial image. Further to this major technological advancement, the Smart Borders initiative has begun with the adoption of a Communication on the options for implementing an Entry/Exit System and Registered Traveller programme at the EU external borders for third country nationals. The proposals for these Regulations will be submitted to the Council early next year. The Registered Traveller Programme will help to facilitate border crossing for frequent third country national business and tourism travellers coming to the Schengen area. These two systems will comprise databases incorporating biometrics and will help to combat illegal immigration, increase security, reduce fraud for both visa and non-visa holders and will benefit European citizens in the same regard. These systems will be subject to the most stringent data protection and privacy rules and will protect the identity of all third country nationals. Automated border controls are being implemented at more and more border crossing points throughout Europe, making border control smoother, faster and more secure.


Speaking on November 4

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