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European Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice

Smart Borders and eu-LISA

​Going forward, eu-LISA may be entrusted with the preparation, development and operational management of other large-scale IT systems. The first such system – pending approval of the relevant legislative proposals – may be the European Entry-Exit System, proposed as part of the European Commission's Smart Borders package.

The package, first proposed in 2013, focuses on implementation of more modern and efficient border management by using state-of-the-art technology. The Entry-Exit System, a proposed new large-scale IT system which forms a central component of the package, would provide information on over-staying third country nationals, thereby aiding in the fight against irregular migration while also facilitating border crossings by enabling deployment of automated technologies. The associated legislative proposal was tabled in April 2016 and is currently being analysed by the Council. Current timetables indicate a go-live of the new system in 2020 should the co-legislators provide their approvals.

The Agency has played an important role in the work undertaken to date related to the Smart Borders package, in particular executing the testing phase of the Proof of Concept. Operational tests were run at 18 different border crossing points in 12 European countries from March to September 2015 in order to assess the feasibility of using some technologies and technological approaches for European border checks and generally to support the decision making process going forward. More than 58000 volunteering third country nationals participated in the pilot, providing crucial qualitative and quantitative information on the quality of data, particularly biometric data, that could be enrolled at the border, the durations of various proposed processes and traveller and border guard perspectives on the tests. The outcomes provide increased confidence that the proposed processes are operationally and technically feasible and respect fundamental rights.


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