Interior ministers from the 27 member states of the European Union met in Prague on Thursday to discuss a vast new security database for Europe’s border-free Schengen zone. The system was due to be running in 2007 but has been plagued by technical and legal problems. Speaking after the informal meeting, Czech Interior Minister Ivan Langer told press that it was ‘obvious’ the original timetable for the database could not be adhered to, but that the project remained one of the ‘biggest issues’ in the field of European security. The giant database links information gathered by police in 25 countries. It is predicted that the revised completion date of September 2009 will now also prove unrealizable.