The European Commision is launching a consultation on the API Directive in particular and in border management in general.The Commission has launched this evaluation process of the API Directive, which is now 15 years old, in the light of its objectives (combat irregular immigration and improve border control).As the API Directive allows also using API data for law enforcement purposes, the evaluation will also assess to what extent the API Directive has been effective in supporting law enforcement authorities in EU Member States.The aim of the consultation activities are also to ensure that all interested parties have the opportunity to provide feedback on the compliance and the quality of the transposition of the API Directive and on its functioning. The Commission will be able to gauge the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and EU added value of the Directive in supporting the Member States to improve border control, combat irregular immigration and support their law enforcement authorities.The Commission said it is interested to hear the views from all citizens, as well as non-government, public or private organisations/entities.In the EU, Council Directive 2004/82/EC of 29 April 2004 on the obligation of carriers to communicate passenger data ('advance passenger data' or 'API') regulates the collection and transmission of API data. API data is information on passengers (usually contained in travel documents like passports and identity cards) collected by air carriers during check-in and transmitted by these carriers after check-in closure to the border control authorities of the country of destination. These authorities screen the passengers while in-flight. Border checks for travellers of good faith are therefore expedited upon arrival, while more resources and time can be spent to identify travellers who need further investigation.Interested parties can learn more here.