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60th Anniversary of the Treaties of Rome

60th Anniversary of the Treaties of Rome

2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaties of Rome, widely regarded as the foundation stone of the movement towards greater political and economic union that has become known as the ‘European project.’ Signed on 25 March 1957, the treaties established the European Economic Community (EEC) and the European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM). While their immediate objectives were to integrate trade and strengthen the economies of the area, one of its underlying political desires was to ‘lay the foundations of an ever closer union among the people of Europe’.

Sixty years later we can witness how modern information and communication technologies have affected EU societies and created additional frameworks to foster links within this ‘ever closer union among the people’.  Today information and communication technologies are one of the EU’s driving forces for the digital transformation of public services. We are now moving towards a newer and faster generation of smart technical solutions which can transform people’s lives, industry and the overall outlook of the EU.  ICT is the modern tool to provide people with services that are based on innovative solutions and aim to protect the values that we have cherished for the past 60 years: freedom, justice and security.

In eu-LISA, the European Agency for the management of large-scale IT systems in the area of justice, freedom and security, we believe that the keywords for the EU of the generations to come are:  innovation and digitalization. They are the backbone of the present and the future union where policy-makers, regulators and industry work closely together for the benefit of the people. 

This is not an easy glide upwards only. From the past and present of the EU we know that challenges and setbacks are an inevitable part of progress. However, we also know that as long as we embrace our common values, working smart and making the best use of new technologies will continue to lead us to growth and prosperity.

Let us think today about the EU success-stories of the past 60 years and celebrate the achievements of the ‘European project’!


Happy Anniversary!


Krum Garkov

Executive Director

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Annual Conference 2017 - Save the date!

Annual Conference 2017 - Save the date!

On 17-18 October 2017, eu-LISA will host its annual conference, Going Digital for a Safe and Secure Europe, in Tallinn, Estonia. Nearly 200 attendees are expected, representing both EU and national authorities, practitioners and industry. This high-level conference will be held under the Estonian EU Presidency (#EU2017EE) and will focus on various IT-related aspects of one of its top priorities – a safe and secure Europe. The first day of the conference will consist of keynote addresses and panel discussions whilst the second will centre on innovation day workshops.

Keep coming back to our website for regular updates regarding speakers, participation and registration. Also follow the conference specific website and #DigitalWay2017.

​​​​Press rele​ases

eu-LISA: digitalization to strengthen security and justice

eu-LISA: digitalization to strengthen security and justice

On the week that marks the 60th Anniversary of the Treaties of Rome eu-LISA hosts the Heads of Diplomatic Missions and representatives of the European embassies for the annual briefing on eu-LISA's role and how it contributes to safety and security in Europe. Discussions in the headquarters of the Agency on 23 March will focus on the 2017 priorities of the Agency and those for the period of its possible new mandate. 

Krum Garkov, the Executive Director of eu-LISA said: "The area of freedom, security and justice has gone through a significant transformation in the last years. Today the pressure on it, as a consequence of irregular migration and terrorist threats, is continuously growing. At the same time home affairs are becoming increasingly reliant on modern technologies and information sharing. Moreover, the fast convergence between internal security as well as border and migration management is increasing the demand and expectations towards present and future technologies and IT systems."

Efficiently tackling the growing security risks requires joint efforts by Member States and EU institutional stakeholders, with Justice and Home Affairs Agencies playing an increasingly stronger operational role. Joint efforts should however be framed by action plans that are driven by operational demands and agreed upon between eu-LISA and the relevant JHA agencies to provide added value rather than overlapping actions. Thus, the eu-LISA 2017 priorities are related to the evolution of existing systems as well as preparing for the introduction of new ones. Both of these major task areas are associated with the revision of the Agency's mandate and legal proposals that are currently being negotiated at institutional level.

Evolution of the existing and introduction of new systems

The "Communication on Stronger and Smarter Information Systems on Borders and Security", issued by the European Commission on 6 April 2016, sets out eu-LISA's enhanced role in  interoperability of the existing systems to increase their efficiency. Following  the interim report of the Commission in particular, eu-LISA is now focusing on following interoperability dimensions: feasibility of creating the European Search Portal, exploring the technical and operational aspects of the implementation of shared biometric matching service, establishment of a data warehouse with anonymised data   as well as   exploring the necessity  and technical feasibility of the common data repository. 

The current pressure from irregular migration and related increased number of asylum applications at the EU's external borders is not likely to diminish in the coming years. In this respect, Eurodac will most likely evolve beyond its current legal framework and become an even more useful tool to support the management of individual applications for asylum and monitor intra-community movements. This means eu-LISA will have to continue to implement necessary changes to the Eurodac system.

Based on the proposal submitted by the Commission on the 21 December 2016, the Agency is also prepared to start implementing the necessary changes to SIS II once the SIS II recast regulations are adopted.

In 2017, pending the adoption of the relevant legislative proposals, the Agency is expected to start developing the Entry/Exit System and the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS).

The establishment of the Entry/Exit system is necessary to improve the quality and efficiency of border checks for third country nationals whilst helping Member States to deal with increasing traveller flows, without necessarily increasing the number of border guards. It is also relevant in ensuring the systematic and reliable identification of 'overstayers' in the Schengen territory. Above all, the new system will reinforce internal security as well as the fight against terrorism and serious crime. 

The ETIAS will gather information on all travellers from third countries who are travelling visa free to Europe and ensure that possible security concerns are identified prior to travelling to the Schengen area, contributing to a more efficient management of the EU's external borders and improving internal security and the security of EU citizens.


eu-LISA provides effective operational management of the Eurodac system (a large-scale fingerprint database that assists primarily in the processing of asylum applications), the Schengen Information System (SIS II - the largest information system for public security and law enforcement cooperation in Europe) and the Visa Information System (VIS - a system that allows Schengen states to exchange visa data relating to applications for short-stay visas to visit or to transit through the Schengen area). In addition, the Agency is responsible for the communication networks that support the above mentioned systems. In terms of networks, eu-LISA is the communication infrastructure provider for Eurodac, SIS II and VIS. The Agency is also responsible for VIS Mail and DubliNet, the communication tools for the VIS and Eurodac systems respectively. In 2015 eu-LISA carried out, in close cooperation with Member States, the Smart Borders Pilot testing phase to test new technologies on the EU borders and provide decision-makers with information on the feasibility of deploying biometric identifiers at the Schengen external borders.


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eu-LISA becomes a "No More Ransom!" partner

eu-LISA becomes a "No More Ransom!" partner

The global fight against ransomware continues tirelessly as the No More Ransom (NMR) project welcomes more than 30 new partners from both the public and private sectors. With more partners joining the fight, more decryption tools become available, offering new possibilities to victims of ransomware.

No More Ransom was launched in July 2016 by the Dutch National Police, Europol, Intel Security and Kaspersky Lab, introducing a new level of cooperation between law enforcement and the private sector to fight ransomware together. On users can find information on what ransomware is and how to protect themselves and, equally important, victims can find tools to help them decrypt their blocked devices for free.

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