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ECRIS (European Criminal Records Information System)

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The computerised system ECRIS was established in April 2012 to create an efficient exchange of information on criminal convictions between EU Member States. Examples such as the Fourniret case of 2004 and numerous subsequent studies have demonstrated that national courts frequently pass sentences on the sole basis of past convictions featuring in their national register, without any knowledge of convictions in other Member States. Consequently, criminals were often able to escape their criminal past simply by moving to another Member State. ECRIS has been created to improve the exchange of information on criminal records throughout the EU. It establishes an electronic interconnection of criminal records databases to ensure that information on convictions is exchanged between Member States in a uniform, speedy and easily computer-transferable way. The system provides judges and prosecutors with easy access to comprehensive information on the criminal history of persons concerned, no matter in which Member States that person has been convicted in the past. Through removing the possibility for offenders to escape their criminal past simply by moving from one EU country to another, the system could also serve to prevent crime.

The link address is: http://ec.europa.eu/justice/criminal/european-e-justice/ecris/index_en.htm

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