Bulgaria backs European fingerprint database of convicted non-EU nationals

Bulgaria supports the setting up of a centralised database of the fingerprints of non-EU nationals who have criminal convictions, the government said on June 8.

This support will be stated at a meeting of EU justice ministers on June 9, the government said.

A Cabinet statement said that the measure is a necessary step in order to prevent terrorist threats across the EU.

Since 2012, the EU has had an information system for exchanging data on European citizens with criminal convictions.

However, it is decentralised, meaning that data is stored in individual countries and access to it from abroad is available upon request.

There is currently no mechanism for data exchange of convicted third-country nationals or stateless persons.

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