Information the police's new weapon
The Schengen agreement goes far beyond swapping soft internal borders for hard external frontiers, and a second Schengen project on Malta that is supported by Norway concerns protecting one of the most important tools of the European police forces – the Schengen Information System (SIS).
"From a police perspective, Schengen arms us with information", said Maltese Police Sergeant Pierre Minuti. The SIS database provides police forces throughout Europe with direct and immediate access to information related to border security and law enforcement. "If I detain a person in Malta`s capital Valetta, I can check out this person in all Schengen countries by some simple computer clicks", Minuti said.
Enhanced police cooperation through the SIS database is one of the most important measures to compensate for the open-borders policy of the Schengen zone. Due to the importance of the database, the Schengen aquis includes strict security requirements to protect the database. Norway supports Malta's Police Force with an 85-percent grant towards its €300,000 SIS database security project. The protective measures need to be in place by end-September, when Malta is up for a final evaluation on its preparedness for Schengen membership.
Procurement & installation of security/safety equipment for building sites housing SIS equipment
Schengen and judiciary
Type & project assistance:
Malta Police force
Type of institution:
Grant agreement date:
15 June 2007
The Purpose of the Project is to provide physical security protection of three building sites housing central elements of the national Schengen Information System (SIS), with the overall objective of securing information exchange as part of the Schengen Information System according to the appropriate standards. Reference is made to the application, dated 2 November 2005, and additional information provided by and through the Focal Point dated 24 July 2006 and 11 December 2006.
The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:
- modification of a server room;
- installation of a Closed Circuit television systems (CCTV systems, external and internal cameras);
- installation of security doors and access control equipment such as card readers and finger print and code devices; and
- installation of fire safety measures such as fire doors, fire alarm systems, automatic fire extinguishing system and data storage cabinets.
The Project Promoter is the Malta Police Force.
The Project Promoter shall provide at least 15 per cent of the estimated eligible project cost.