With the jihadists behind the bloodshed in Paris and Brussels able to criss-cross European borders at will, anti-terror chiefs have been forced to come together to seek a common response to a global threat.
In a move to step up the fight against visa fraud, the Council has adopted conclusions on the architecture, functionalities and biometric identifiers to be included in the future European-wide database on visas.
According to the latest Commission's Communication on the second generation Schengen information system (the so-called 'SIS II') , the extended version of the existing Schengen database should include biometrics.
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