The European Commission says it needs another €13 million to instigate its new hi-tech system of tracking people throughout the EU.
It will bring to €63 million the cost of the Schengen Information System II – brought in to help secure a continent no longer divided by border controls.
But the advantage of being able to travel from one country to the next without showing a passport comes at a cost. The SIS II system will consist of a database to help police share information such as car registration numbers and alert officials in other countries to people who have been arrested.
The system has been in force for seven years but with the enlargement of the Schengen area of countries (where there are little or no border controls at normal times – the area does not include the UK) better technology, using biometric data is needed.
It is hoped SIS II will be operational by the end of 2012.