In his 2016 State of the Union speech, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, said the following:
« We need to know who is crossing our borders. In this way, we will know which people are travelling to Europe even before they arrive here. »
The main reason for approving the ETIAS authorization was security. With the increased risk of travelers all over the world, the European Union wants to ensure the security of travel in its countries. The ETIAS system will significantly reduce security problems through its information and data collection systems. What this means is that the ETIAS system will detect whether a person is a threat to the security of the Schengen countries. This will therefore lead to denying the person entry and preventing the threat from being present within the EU’s borders. It will simply address the problem before it can even exist.
However, in addition to making travel safer, the ETIAS authorization will also help EU countries and all travelers in the following ways:
- Reduction of procedure and request times
- Improving border management in EU countries
- Assistance in the detection and reduction of crime and terrorism
- Preventing migration contrary to the Regulation
- Strengthening the EU’s visa liberalization policy
Overall, the ETIAS authorization will make travel in the EU less painful and safer.