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Creating virtual customs and security checks along Europe’s external borders carries the seed of good and bad developments

By BROOKS TIGNER , TALLINN, Estonia – As the global economy gains steam, debate in Europe is also firing up about the possibilities of creating virtual or “dematerialised” border control procedures to facilitate trade and the movement of travellers across the EU’s borders. Such dematerialisation would see the removal, as much as possible, of physical checks at a border. However, this would depend overwhelmingly on the data border authorities received in advance of the arrival of people and cargo. While the advantage for global trade of doing this are obvious, such a system would need to come up with answers to two serious problems, said experts at the EU’s annual Security Research Event 2017 here during 14-15 November. The first would have to…

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