The second BODEGA workshop gathers European border control experts to exchange on the challenges raised by the implementation of stronger and smarter borders
On 29 June 2016, a workshop on the consequences of the digitalisation of border control processes gathered eighteen border control professionals from different relevant Member States’ services – police, customs, border guard agencies – representing 12 European countries. The European agency FRONTEX was also in attendance.
This event was organised by CEIS in the framework of the European H2020 Security project BODEGA “BorDErGuArd – Proactive Enhancement of Human Performance in Border Control”. The objective of BODEGA is to assess the impact of the current European legislative procedure and technological developments on the work of border control practitioners. The outcomes of the project aim at taking into account human factor aspects in relation to border control and thus improving the efficiency of the process without creating negative side effects for border control agents and managers, and for travellers.
Throughout the day, the partners of the BODEGA consortium and the participating experts assessed the consequences – especially on the task of the border guards and the “human factor” – of the implementation of the European legislation “Stronger and Smart Borders” published in April 2016. The introduction of an “Entry/Exit System” and the generalisation of the use of e-gates were discussed.
This successful workshop was the occasion to present the most likely changes induced by the new framework at individual and organisational levels, and to exchange best practices and lessons learned. A Member State agency in particular provided a very enlightening feedback on their experience since 2007 in implementing a pilot project on automated border control, using e-gates and biometric data. They highlighted the main challenges and the solutions introduced to improve border control, particularly in terms of change management aspects.
The workshop confirmed the interest of border control professionals in the work done by the partners of the BODEGA project. The participants are expected to meet again at the next BODEGA workshop planned during the fourth trimester of 2016 in order to validate the progress of the project.
BODEGA (http://bodega-project.eu) is a H2020 security research project co-funded by the European Commission and coordinated by VTT. BODEGA aims at investigating and modelling human factors in border control to provide innovative socio-technical solutions for enhancing border guards’ performance of critical tasks, support border management decision-making, and optimise travellers’ border crossing experience.
The main role of CEIS in the BODEGA project is to establish and maintain a working relationship with the community of end-users – i.e. national, European and international authorities and law enforcement agencies involved in the management of EU borders – and to contribute to the analysis of the human and organisational aspects of border management.