EU ambassadors reached today an agreement about the ETIAS proposal. Bulgarian foreign affair minister, Valentin Radaev claimed that today's agreement it's a stepstone towards the improvement of border protections of the Schengen area.
The ETIAS system is one of the biggest priorities in the security agenda of EU countries.
ETIAS: next steps
To enforce the new authorisation system European parliament needs to vote favorably on the initiative before it can be transmitted to the EU Council where it will be set or not for adoption.
European Council will then mandate EU commission to set up an agreement with third-party countries, in this sense the commission will be called to negotiate with United kingdom once, at the moment, Great Britain is set to become a third party country in March 2019. A deadline that can be postponed if a different a new date will be ratified during the post-Brexit negotiations.
Upcoming changes in ETIAS authorisation
Few things are still under discussion about when the new authorisation will become effective. The starting date in which ETIAS will be mandatory for all third party Countries shifted from 2020 to 2021.
EU-Lisa, which will offer the IT structures behind the entry-exit system and ETIAS authorisation consider this change to 2021 as a deadline to have the new systems in place.
The ETIAS cost of authorisation has also been updated to 7 euro while the validity time it's still set to 3 years.