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eu-LISA attends EP LIBE Committee Hearinghttp://www.eulisa.europa.eu/Newsroom/News/Pages/eu-LISA-attends-EP-LIBE-Committee-Hearing.aspxeu-LISA attends EP LIBE Committee Hearing12/05/2017 13:00:00<p style="text-align:justify;">On 10 May eu-LISA was hosted by the European Parliament in Brussels in order to attend a meeting with the MEPs of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE Committee) to discuss the Agency's priorities and main activities for 2017.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Krum Garkov</strong>, eu-LISA's Executive Director, highlighted the Agency's core mission and reiterated our continued technological support to the Member States in their efforts to ensure a safer Europe. In this respect, the Agency will continue to make important contributions to Europe's work to meet the challenges related to migration crisis, terrorist threats and cross-border crime. Mr Garkov gave concrete examples to the Committee Members of how the use of the IT systems entrusted to eu-LISA could further enhance security in the Schengen Area. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Bernard Kirch</strong>, Head of Operations at eu-LISA, presented the state-of-play regarding the three main large-scale IT systems under the Agency's responsibility - Eurodac, SIS II and VIS whilst <strong>Mailis Pukonen</strong>, Head of GCU, gave a detailed explanation of some of the upcoming proposals in the Home Affairs area namely the VIS recast, the SIS II recast and the Dublin package. Following questions from committee members, she underlined the importance of the training the Agency provides and gave examples thereof. eu-LISA's Head of Resources and Administration Department, <strong>Krzysztof Czekalowski</strong>, illustrated with consolidated figures the evolution of the budget for 2016 and 2017 and its implementation. Budget matters related to EES and Eurodac proposals were also presented.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The LIBE Committee members showed particular interest in the topics of Entry/Exit System (EES), European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS), European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS TCN), the amendment of eu-LISA's establishing Regulation and the outcomes of the High Level Expert Group's work on Interoperability. Mr Garkov addressed these questions and received support for the Agency as well as congratulations on the work done and commitment to support the Agency's necessities from the MEPs.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Claude Moraes, Chairman of the LIBE Committee, closed the meeting by thanking the Agency for attending and encouraging further development of the relationship between the Agency and the European Parliament.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Further readings:</p><ul><li><p><a href="/Publications/Information%20Material/EURODAC_EN_web.pdf"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">Eurodac</span></a>, <a href="/Publications/Information%20Material/SIS%20II_EN_web.pdf"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">SIS II</span></a> and <a href="/Publications/Information%20Material/VIS_EN_web.pdf"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">VIS</span></a> information leaflets</p></li><li><p><a href="/Publications/Corporate/eu-LISA%20Single%20Programming%20Document%202017-2019.pdf"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">eu-LISA Programming Document 2017 2019</span></a><br></p></li></ul>
eu-LISA celebrates Europe Day 2017http://www.eulisa.europa.eu/Newsroom/News/Pages/eu-LISA-celebrates-Europe-Day-2017.aspxeu-LISA celebrates Europe Day 201708/05/2017 13:00:00 <p>On 6 May eu-LISA's communications team had a busy day meeting Tallinn's citizens and boosting the visibility of EU Institutions side by side with colleagues from other Institutions such as the European Parliament, the European Commission representation in Estonia and the Court of Auditors. </p><p>eu-LISA held a special quiz and surprised participants with different prizes, disseminated information materials, and took part of in a special <a href="http://www.euroopapaev.ee/en/passport-game/"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">Passport Game</span></a>. eu-LISA is one of the organisations whose stamp has to be collected in the “passport”.</p><p>Almost 600 people took our quiz and several thousand visited the info-desk, making 2017 the highest turnout at the eu-LISA info desk since the Agency started to participate, back in 2014, in the celebrations. </p><p>We can definitely say Europe Day 2017, in Estonia where our headquarters are hosted, was very successful with a lot of visibility achieved and awareness raised. We heard from colleagues, that Tallinn was eu-LISA blue and yellow al day long– Mission Accomplished!</p>
Call for Registration eu-LISA Roundtable on interoperability in the JHA domain http://www.eulisa.europa.eu/Newsroom/News/Pages/Roundtable-on-interoperability-in-the-JHA-domain.aspxCall for Registration eu-LISA Roundtable on interoperability in the JHA domain 27/04/2017 06:00:00<p>The European Commission's April 2016 Communication <em>Stronger and Smarter Information Systems for Borders and Security </em>established a framework for the strengthened use of existing IT systems for border management, migration and internal security, development of new systems to fill identified gaps and implementation of systems interoperability as a means to drive technical efficiency and operational effectiveness. It also established the High Level Expert Group on Information Systems and Interoperability, comprising experts from Member States, EU Agencies and other EU bodies, to, <em>inter alia</em>, develop an overall strategic vision on interoperability and interconnection of information systems and recommend concrete follow-up actions. The group concluded its work in April 2017, with the main outcomes to be made available in the group's final report.</p><p>The interim report from the chair of the group highlights a need for future concrete work on a European Search Portal (ESP) and a shared Biometric Matching Service. eu-LISA, as the management authority for the principal three large-scale IT systems to be linked by the ESP and the biometric matching platforms currently servicing these systems, will be heavily engaged in this work. Indeed, on foot of the mandate provided by the chair in his report, concrete actions have already been initiated by the Agency that relate to systems interoperability.</p><p>In order to stimulate innovative thinking and exchange information on the merits of various implementation possibilities and to learn more about the current state of evolution of relevant technologies, the Agency wishes to convene experts from industry to discuss and debate future concrete efforts related to interoperability in the European Justice and Home Affairs domain.</p><p><strong>Organisation and context</strong></p><p>eu-LISA intends to organise a roundtable meeting "Interoperability in the JHA domain: Moving forward with concrete implementation" on June 8<sup>th</sup>  in Strasbourg, France.  The current state of affairs in terms of planning for interoperability at the EU level and some expectations regarding possible benefits for system end users will be introduced.  Industry representatives will have opportunities to propose ideas for possible approaches to implementing different interoperability concepts and to update on methods and solutions or relevance. Discussions will be open to all attendees and no bilateral meetings will be organised. The aim is to assemble and share thoughts; under no circumstances should the event be considered as a prelude or an advantage to eventual procurement exercises. The focus will be on recent and near-future developments and only public information will be shared with participants.</p><p><strong>Format</strong></p><p>The event will run between 08.30 and 15.00 on June 8<sup>th</sup>. EU bodies will provide introductory information in session one, describing expectations for new developments and noting challenges that may lie ahead. In the second session, industry will have the opportunity to respond during presentations and open group discussion. <a href="/Newsroom/News/Documents/Industry%20Workshop%202017-Agenda.pdf"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">Further information is available in the draft agenda</span></a>.</p><p><strong>Participation and Logistics</strong></p><p>eu-LISA would like to call on vendors and industry representatives active in the domains of information technology and/or biometric systems  to express their interest in attending the event. Attendees may have the opportunity to present relevant information in session 2 and should indicate a willingness to do so in their submission. eu-LISA will select presenters from those submitted based on the relevance of the topics proposed and the expertise of the proposing companies. Capacity is limited and eu-LISA reserves the right to select attendees based on their areas of expertise and knowledge and their likely relevance to the proposed discussions. The Agency will <span style="text-decoration:underline;">not</span> be in a position to cover any costs associated with attendance at the event.</p><p>Please express your interest to eu-LISA by completing the <a href="https://form.jotformpro.com/ProPager/2017-0608euIR"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">online registration form</span></a>. </p><p>For further information on the meeting, please contact: <a href="mailto:eulisa.workshop@newstravel.eu"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">eulisa.workshop@newstravel.eu</span></a></p><p><strong>References</strong></p><p>Commission communication: <a href="/Newsroom/News/Documents/SB-EES/communication_on_stronger_and_smart_borders_20160406_en.pdf"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">Stronger and Smarter Information Systems for Borders and Security</span></a></p><p>High Level Expert Group on Information Systems and Interoperability: <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/transparency/regexpert/index.cfm?do=groupDetail.groupDetail&groupID=3435"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">Meeting minutes and group reports</span></a></p><p><br></p>
The Rome Declarationhttp://www.eulisa.europa.eu/Newsroom/News/Pages/The-Rome-Declaration-.aspxThe Rome Declaration27/03/2017 08:00:00<p>“European unity started as the dream of a few, it became the hope of the many. Then Europe became one again. Today, we are united and stronger: hundreds of millions of people across Europe benefit from living in an enlarged Union that has overcome the old divides.”<br></p><p>On Saturday, within the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/eu60?source=feed_text&story_id=434134096925376" data-ft="{"tn":"*N","type":104}">#EU60</a> celebrations in Rome, 27 Member State leaders as well as those from the EU Institutions issued a common declaration committing to make the EU stronger and more resilient, safe and secure, prosperous and competitive.</p><p>eu-LISA is fully dedicated to reaching these objectives and remains a true believer in the European Union.<br></p><div class="text_exposed_show" style="display:inline;font-family:helvetica,arial,sans-serif;color:#1d2129;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;letter-spacing:normal;text-align:start;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p>Read the full declaration here: <a href="http://bit.ly/2mH1dAs"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">The Rome Declaration</span></a><br></p></div>

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