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eu-LISA and Eurojust are taking cooperation further and Eurojust are taking cooperation further18/09/2017 21:00:00<p style="text-align:justify;">Today, the European Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice (eu-LISA) and the European Union's Judicial Cooperation Unit (Eurojust) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen their cooperation.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The objective of the MoU, signed by the Executive Director of eu-LISA, Krum Garkov, and the President of Eurojust, Michèle Coninsx, is to promote effective cooperation and the exchange of information, expertise and best practice in the area of ICT activities and services. The MoU will strengthen the existing cooperation in strategic matters, providing added value for both organisations and their stakeholders.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Part of the MoU concerns the second generation Schengen Information System (SIS II), referring to the foreseen access rights of Eurojust and the exchange of information relevant to the effective implementation thereof. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">According to the MoU, eu-LISA and Eurojust may also assist each other with know-how, best practice and lessons learned in the management of human resources, premises, internal and external audits, finance and procurement.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Executive Director of eu-LISA, <a href="/Organisation/Documents/CV%20Krum%20Garkov.pdf"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">Krum Garkov</span></a>, emphasised: <em>'Signing today the Memorandum of Understanding is an important step in reinforcing the established partnership between our two Agencies. I am certain that close cooperation between eu-LISA and Eurojust is essential for the development of modern and efficient justice systems in Europe. The experience and knowledge we have in Information and Communication Technologies should be shared on a regular basis thus providing added value to both parties and its stakeholders.'</em></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The President of Eurojust, <a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Documents/CV%20Michèle%20Coninsx%20Sep%202016.pdf"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">Michèle Coninsx</span></a>, said: <em>'I am very pleased to host this signing ceremony today at Eurojust to formalise our cooperation with such a trusted partner. eu-LISA is responsible for managing huge international databases, such as SIS II, EES, ETIAS, ECRIS-TCN and VIS, allowing us to access vital data to aid with our mission of fighting serious organised cross-border crime.'</em></p><p> </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Background</strong></span><strong>:</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The European Agency eu-LISA manages large-scale information systems in the area of freedom, security and justice. It operates Eurodac, the second generation Schengen Information System (SIS II) and the Visa Information System (VIS). eu-LISA is responsible for keeping the IT systems under its control fully functional in order to allow continuous and uninterrupted exchange of data between national authorities. eu-LISA ensures that it applies the highest level of information security and data protection to the information it is entrusted with.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In order to allow eu-LISA to accommodate the growing need for integration and synergies between existing and future large-scale IT systems, the Commission presented in June 2017 a legislative proposal to broaden the Agency's mandate. The proposal foresees eu‑LISA taking responsibility for development, implementation and operational management of three new large-scale IT systems: the Entry Exit System (EES), the European Travel Information Authorisation System (ETIAS) and the European Criminal Records Information System – Third Country Nationals (ECRIS-TCN).</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The seat of the Agency is in Tallinn (Estonia), whilst the operational management is carried out in Strasbourg (France). eu-LISA also has a business continuity site in Sankt Johann im Pongau (Austria) and a liaison office in Brussels.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The European Union's Judicial Cooperation Unit<strong> </strong>(Eurojust)<strong> </strong>was established to stimulate and improve the coordination of investigations and prosecutions and the cooperation between the competent authorities in the Member States. In particular, Eurojust facilitates the execution of requests for international mutual legal assistance and extradition. Eurojust supports in any way possible the competent authorities of the Member States to render their investigations and prosecutions more effective when dealing with serious cross-border crime.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Eurojust's competence covers various types of crimes and offences, including terrorism, drug trafficking, trafficking in human beings, counterfeiting, money laundering, computer crime, crime against property or public goods, including fraud and corruption, criminal offences affecting the European Community's financial interests, environmental crime and participation in a criminal organisation.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The seat of Eurojust is in The Hague (Netherlands). </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Links</strong></span><strong>:</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">eu-LISA: <a href="/"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></a></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Eurojust: <a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></a></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span lang="ES" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong><br></strong></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span lang="ES" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Contact</strong></span><strong>:</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>eu-LISA</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><em>for media requests:</em></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></a></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><em>for general information:</em></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></a></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p><strong>Eurojust</strong></p><p><a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></a></p><p><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></p>
eu-LISA and the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU and the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU29/06/2017 13:00:00<p>As of 1 July Estonia will hold its first ever six month Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The four priorities of the presidency focus on issues related to innovation, safety and security, digitalisation and free movement of data.  These priorities are all, directly or indirectly, linked to the responsibilities of eu-LISA, the European Agency in charge of the operational management of large-scale IT systems for security and justice. </p><p>On 17-18 October eu-LISA will host a high-level conference '<a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">Going Digital for a Safe and Secure Europe</span></a>' in Tallinn, supported by the Estonian Presidency, to focus on IT solutions that help ensure Europe's internal security. Further details are also available in the events section of the <a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">presidency website</span></a>.</p><p>With the headquarters of the Agency located in Tallinn, Estonia, eu-LISA is honoured to also host several groups of stakeholders that will convene for presidency events and are interested to learn directly about eu-LISA's present and near future core tasks. </p><p><br></p><p>Background:</p><ul><li><p><a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">European Commission proposal for the updated mandate of eu-LISA</span></a></p></li><li><p><a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">Priorities of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union</span></a></p></li></ul><ul><li><p><a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">Border management going virtual</span></a></p></li></ul><p> </p><p>Contacts:</p><p>e-mail: <a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></a></p><p>mob: +372 588 78 668</p><p>for general information: <a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></a></p>
European Commission proposes eu-LISA be entrusted with extended tasks Commission proposes eu-LISA be entrusted with extended tasks29/06/2017 10:00:00<p>Today the European Commission issued its communication on the Commission proposal to further broaden and enhance the role of eu-LISA in its management of existing information systems as well as of new systems to ensure that its mandate meets the current challenges in the area of migration and security on the European level.</p><p>Europe faces a dual challenge today: to stay open whilst staying secure. To develop an adequate response to this the EU needs to utilize the capabilities of modern IT technologies parallel to using these to reinforce and enhance information exchange and collaboration between Member States. </p><p>An adequate response of this challenge also requires eu-LISA to undertake new tasks. The ongoing digital transformation in the EU justice and home affairs domain has highlighted the need to further increase the added value of eu-LISA to the benefit of Member States and the EU as a whole. The EC proposal for a revised mandate takes into account the needs deriving from this transformation as well as the ability of the Agency to address them.</p><p><strong>A stronger mandate to enable interoperability</strong></p><p>"Four years after taking over its initial tasks the Agency has proven itself to be a reliable, competent and capable contributor to the Member States and the EU. It is able to take on new tasks in order to strengthen internal security as well as border and migration management in Europe. The Commission proposal to revise the mandate of eu-LISA is proof of that and I am confident that eu-LISA will be successful in implementing its new mandate and addressing the challenges ahead." said <strong>Krum GARKOV, the Executive Director of eu-LISA</strong>.</p><p>eu-LISA has demonstrated that by consolidating the operational management of large-scale IT systems in a single EU Agency significant efficiency gains can be achieved. This is attained through consistently pooling the infrastructure and the human expertise which is required for professional IT system management. The highly specialised knowledge of the Agency's staff is applied across all the entrusted IT systems, assuring their security, the protection of the data stored in them whilst enabling rapid evolution of systems in line with changes occurring in the information technology field. A stronger mandate would allow eu-LISA to perform necessary actions and develop technical solutions that facilitate the interoperability of the systems. The reform of the mandate will provide eu-LISA with the rights and responsibilities to develop and manage future large-scale EU information systems, which are necessary to efficiently support law enforcement cooperation as well as border and migration management efforts of the EU. eu-LISA will have an instrumental role in the development and handling of the new systems, currently under discussion by the co-legislators: the Entry/Exit System (EES) for modernised external border management and the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) to gather advance information on visa-free travellers in the EU. The EC proposal also foresees further upgrades to the European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS), to improve the exchange of information between Member States on convicted non-EU citizens. The centralised ECRIS system would also be part of the IT systems developed and managed by eu-LISA. The capability of the Agency to not only administer large-scale IT systems but also provide advice and assistance to Member States on technical issues related to the existing or new IT systems, is a solid basis for the EC proposal to extend the mandate of the Agency. eu-LISA will have an enhanced role for the production of statistics related to the systems it operates as well as an extended scope of mandate with regard to pilot projects and research. It will help to improve the quality of the systems' data by establishing automated data quality control mechanisms. </p><p> </p><p>Background:</p><p>European Commission Press Release (<a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">EN</span></a>, <a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">ET</span></a>, <a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">FR</span></a>)</p><p> <br></p><p>Contacts: <br></p><p>e-mail: <a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></a></p><p>mob: +372 588 78 668</p><p>for general information: <a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></a></p>

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