The Norwegian government has proposed allocating more than NOK 300 million (€30,639,570) to support the development and implementation of international information and communication technology (ICT) systems in the police and the Directorate of Immigration (UDI) in order to strengthen the security of the Schengen Area’s external borders.
Such procedures are part of the country’s Schengen membership responsibilities, according to the Ministry of Justice and Public Security.
The same efforts are being made to boost information sharing and make data transmission easier in systems for European police cooperation, migration control, and visas.
Monica Mæland (H), Norway’s Minister of Justice and Emergency Management, has emphasized that upgrading ICT systems is something that all countries in the Schengen borderless area are doing together, while also emphasizing that the country is investing in security both at home and at the Schengen area’s outer borders.
In this context, the European Union Commission earlier emphasized the importance of ICT in Europe’s digital economy. Furthermore, the Commission stated that more than €20 billion has been set aside for ICT investments from 2014 to 2020, emphasizing the importance of such investments in preparing Europe for the “digital age.”
According to the same Ministry, the new modifications are being made in accordance with European Union legislation in order to boost efforts against illegal migration, cross-border crime, and terrorism.