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Border-control computing agency, environmental R&D, SME ‘ring-fence’…

This week in Europe in brief: Border-control computing agency launched; Airbus to spend €2 billion on environmental R&D; Call for SME ‘ring-fence’; Biotech industry calls for ‘incentives’; ESO matches Hubble’s productivity.

Border-control computing agency launched

The European Commission has launched an EU agency to manage the large information systems used in border control. The agency will manage three computer systems: comparing the fingerprints of asylum seekers; consulting visa applications data, including biometrics; and exchanging data among nations about border crossings. The un-named agency will aim to “become a centre of excellence for the development and management of large-scale IT systems” related to security, the Commission said in a statement.

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