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Entry-exit system: final adoption by the Council

Entry-exit system: final adoption by the Council

​On 20 November 2017 the European Council adopted the regulation for an entry-exit system and the regulation amending the Schengen border code in relation to the entry-exit system.

This system will register entry, exit and refusal of entry information of third country nationals crossing the external borders of the Schengen area.

The entry-exit system will help:

  • reduce border check delays and improve the quality of border checks by automatically calculating the authorised stay of each traveller

  • ensure systematic and reliable identification of overstayers

  • strengthen internal security and the fight against terrorism by allowing law enforcement authorities access to travel history records

Next steps

The Council and the European Parliament now need to sign the adopted regulation. The signed text will be published in the EU Official Journal and will enter into force 20 days later. eu-LISA, together with the member states, is expected to start building the new system, which should be operational by 2020.

Further Information

Strasbourg site hosts a ‘VIS: Operational Training – Entry Level’ course

Strasbourg site hosts a ‘VIS: Operational Training – Entry Level’ course

A training course for Member States entitled 'VIS: Operational Training – Entry Level' took place on 23-24 October at our operational site in Strasbourg, France. This training session was the first held for VIS national IT operators within the newly launched Development Training Program for IT Operators (DRPITO) training framework. The aim of the course was to introduce VIS operational system principles, the main elements of the System' architecture as well as operations and business aspects. Topics covered during the training session included: Introduction to VIS Biometric Matching System and VIS Mail, VIS Operations – Communication with stakeholders, the VIS Operator Manual, VIS Escalation and Maintenance Management and VIS future developments. In addition, the course included an interactive hands-on exercise using SM9, a eu-LISA developed software interface, and a visit to the in-house eu-LISA Service Desk Sector.

Ten attendees from seven EU Member States attended the training session. The participants had the opportunity to take an assessment test in order to be granted a VIS Specialist certificate. 80% of the course participants were awarded the eu-LISA certificate.

The overall course satisfaction rate, calculated from the course evaluation forms, was 92%. One course participant expressed his satisfaction by stating "It was a very well-structured and accurate course. I particularly liked the visit to the Service Desk Sector. It was truly exciting to see where and how the large-scale IT Systems are monitored and how the Agency's experts work."

Follow-up courses 'VIS: Operational Training – Intermediate Level' and 'VIS: Operational Training – Advanced Level' will be delivered in 2018.

​​​​Press rele​ases

Going Digital for a Safe and Secure Europe

Going Digital for a Safe and Secure Europe

Digital technologies are driving progress and impact the ways that people meet, socialise, and work. Technologies are fundamental to the modern world by facilitating easier and quicker information exchange, enabling mobility and flexibility and supporting smoother processes without prompt. A worldwide digital transformation is well and truly underway.

The extent to which modern technology can effect positive change is also evident in the field of Justice and Home Affairs (JHA). Law enforcement, border control and migration management increasingly rely upon modern technological tools to be effective. eu-LISA, the EU Agency responsible for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the JHA domain, is an important stakeholder in this digital transformation. The IT systems that it manages are key enablers for the community, allowing efficient information exchange and provision of accurate and reliable data to those on the operational front line. The Schengen Information System (SIS II), one of these systems, contains almost 75 million alerts that help law enforcement authorities identify people and objects of interest and take immediate action to safeguard citizens' security. The Visa Information System (VIS) enables secure and efficient processing of visa applications and effective border checks. It holds applications from some 48 million travellers to Europe. By managing these systems and cooperating with EU Member States and other system stakeholders, the Agency plays a vital role in supporting, through technology, efforts towards a fully safe and secure Europe.

On 17 and 18 October, eu-LISA will host its annual conference, Going Digital for a Safe and Secure Europe, in Tallinn. Some 180 attendees are awaited, representing EU and national authorities, practitioners, industry and academia.  Keynote speakers include Dimitris Avramopoulos, EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Andres Anvelt, Estonian Minister of the Interior and Krum Garkov, Executive Director of eu-LISA.  Experts from EU Agencies Europol, EASO, Frontex and FRA, as well as from the public and private sectors hailing from around a dozen countries worldwide come to Tallinn to share their knowledge and experiences.

"A safe and secure Europe is a priority for the Estonian Presidency of the EU Council and for our Agency. That is why we chose the topic of this year's conference to reflect these shared values and to examine how going digital can enhance Europe's internal security. As practitioners we will focus on the hands-on aspects of digital solutions that affect law enforcement, border and asylum authorities, interoperability of IT systems and the use of mobile technologies to deliver security," said eu-LISA Executive Director, Krum Garkov.

The Estonian Minister of the Interior Andres Anvelt emphasised that the Estonian EU Council Presidency seeks to put the various information systems to the maximum service for keeping the European Union a more safe and secured place. "We will continue our work to make existing and future information systems in EU exchange data smoothly by 2020. Estonia is a good example of how interoperability on a national and international level has strengthened our law enforcement to be more efficient and has reduced the level of crime. Europe's internal security needs to take the same route, because European Union residents deserve the best possible protection," said minister Anvelt.

Online web-streaming will be provided during the conference on and a twitter-wall will be available to enable interactive participation from all locations.

Further Readings: Interactive Page

Press Release (PDF): DE, EE, EN and FR

The full names of the EU Agencies are:

  • European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol)

  • European Asylum Support Office (EASO)

  • European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex)

  • European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)

Conference website:
List of conference speakers:

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eu-LISA's new head office gets its cornerstone

eu-LISA's new head office gets its cornerstone

The 29th of September 2017 is an important date for Estonia. For the first time ever the Tallinn Digital Summit will take place and EU Heads of States will be in town to discuss the digital revolution of the 21st century and its impact on society. For eu-LISA, often referred to as the EU IT Agency, this day marks an important milestone on our way to our new headquarter offices on Vesilennuki Street, in Northern Tallinn. Although the timing of the two events is a coincidence, it is symbolic and proves that digital transformation, innovation and new technologies are of the highest importance to decision makers and the practitioners responsible for the safe and secure future of Europe.

The Estonian State Real Estate Ltd, in cooperation with the Estonian Ministry of the Interior, has invited Tallinn's eu-LISA staff to attend a "breaking of the ground" ceremony and witness the placing of the cornerstone, which symbolically marks the beginning of the main construction works of the new head offices.

The Executive Director of eu-LISA Krum Garkov, the Estonian Minister of the Interior Andres Anvelt, the Mayor of the North Tallinn district and a Board Member of the Estonian State Real Estate Ltd, Tanel Tiits, welcomed the progress in the construction works and expressed their thanks to the builders. They also placed a time-capsule containing the eu-LISA flag, copies of the design documents of the building and a copy of the day's newspaper under the cornerstone. What archaeologists will make of all that one day remains to be seen!

The new headquarters of eu-LISA will become an additional seaside landmark in the famous Tallinn silhouette and are expected to be completed by next summer.





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