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Commissioner Jourová Visits eu-LISAhttp://www.eulisa.europa.eu/Newsroom/PressRelease/Pages/Commissioner-Jourova.aspxCommissioner Jourová Visits eu-LISA21/04/2017 11:00:00<p>During a two-day visit to Tallinn, Estonia, Vĕra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality met with the Executive Director of eu-LISA Krum Garkov. The main purpose of the meeting was to discuss the evolving role of the large-scale IT systems in contributing to safety and security in Europe and the expansion of the contribution of the Agency to the justice area.<strong> <br></strong></p><p>Commissioner Jourová and Mr Garkov discussed the impact of transformations in the area of EU freedom, security and justice, which has become increasingly reliant on modern technologies and information sharing. The Agency has managed to gradually increase its project portfolio from 10+ to 30+ projects on an annual basis, all management and systems evolution related. The Executive Director noted that eu-LISA has become recognised as a successful and reliable contributor to the implementation of Justice and Home Affairs policies and receives broad representation in the relevant working parties and committees in the Council and the European Parliament.<strong> <br></strong></p><p>Mr Garkov emphasised that digital transformation is ongoing in the entire EU public sector, affecting also the justice area. Innovation, digital transformation and information technology increasingly affect the way we manage EU justice and home affairs. The knowledge, experiences and capabilities that the Agency has already developed are based on acknowledged industry standards and hence they are neutral within the domains in which they are used and can therefore also be used in the justice domain. eu-LISA could assume operational management and the evolution of collaborative platforms for exchange of juridical information between the Member States. Since eu-LISA is the Agency that has a role in both EU values and modern technologies, the importance of eu-LISA for Member States and for the EU as a whole will continue to grow. The Commissioner and the Executive Director also exchanged views on the role of the Agency after its revised mandate, which is currently being negotiated at institutional levels.</p><p>Commissioner Jourova also took time to meet and speak to the staff of eu-LISA, with the offices in Strasbourg and Brussels connected via video conference.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Links:</strong></span></p><ul><li><p>eu-LISA: <a href="/"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">www.eulisa.europa.eu</span></a></p></li><li><p>Commissioner Jourova: <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/commission/commissioners/2014-2019/jourova_en"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">https://ec.europa.eu/commission/commissioners/2014-2019/jourova_en</span></a></p></li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Contact:</strong></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mare Haab</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Head of External and Internal Communication</p><p style="text-align:justify;">e-mail: <a href="mailto:press@eulisa.europa.eu"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">press@eulisa.europa.eu</span></a></p><p style="text-align:justify;">mob: +372 588 78 668</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><em> </em></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><em>for general information: </em><a href="mailto:info@eulisa.europa.eu"><em class="ms-rteStyle-Link">info@eulisa.europa.eu</em></a></p>
Estonian President visits eu-LISAhttp://www.eulisa.europa.eu/Newsroom/PressRelease/Pages/Estonian-President-visits-euLISA.aspxEstonian President visits eu-LISA11/04/2017 08:00:00<p>The President of the Republic of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid met with the Executive Director of eu-LISA Krum Garkov today in the headquarters of the Agency in Tallinn, Estonia. The principle purpose of the meeting was to discuss the evolving role of the large-scale IT systems in contributing to safety and security in Europe. </p><p>Mr Garkov welcomed President Kaljulaid and thanked her on behalf of the Agency for the interest and support demonstrated by the high-level visit. According to the Executive Director it gives a clear sign that the issues of an open, yet safe and secure European Union are high up on the European agenda. Likewise are matters related to innovation, digital transformation and information technology, which increasingly affect the way we manage EU justice and home affairs. Since eu-LISA is the Agency that has a role in both EU values and modern technologies, the importance of eu-LISA for Member States and for the EU as a whole will continue to grow.</p><p>President Kaljulaid and Mr Garkov discussed the impact of transformations in the area of EU freedom, security and justice, which has become increasingly reliant on modern technologies and information sharing.<em> </em> The Executive Director elaborated on the eu-LISA 2017 priorities related to the evolution of the existing IT systems and the integration of new ones in line with their respective legal basis. Both of these major task areas are linked to the revision of the Agency's mandate and with legal proposals that are currently being negotiated at institutional level. <br></p><p>During a brief tour of the Agency's current headquarters, located in the EU House in Tallinn, the President and Mr Garkov spoke about progress on the new headquarters building that will house eu-LISA in Tallinn. The expanded tasks of the Agency related to the current as well as the new systems have made the need for a larger working space increasingly evident. <br></p><p>President Kaljulaid also met and spoke to the staff of eu-LISA, with the offices in Strasbourg and Brussels connected via video conference.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong><br></strong></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Links:</strong></span></p><ul><li><p>eu-LISA: <a href="/"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">http://www.eulisa.europa.eu</span></a></p></li><li><p>President of the Republic of Estonia: <a href="https://www.president.ee/en/index.html"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">https://www.president.ee/en/index.html</span></a></p></li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong><br></strong></span></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Contact:</strong></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mare Haab</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Head of External and Internal Communication</p><p style="text-align:justify;">e-mail: <a href="mailto:press@eulisa.europa.eu"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">press@eulisa.europa.eu</span></a></p><p style="text-align:justify;">mob: +372 588 78 668</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><em><br></em></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><em>for general information: <span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">info@eulisa.europa.eu</span></em></p>
Ukraine soon to benefit from visa waiverhttp://www.eulisa.europa.eu/Newsroom/PressRelease/Pages/Ukraine-visa-free.aspxUkraine soon to benefit from visa waiver07/04/2017 07:00:00<p>On Thursday 6 April, the European Parliament endorsed the visa waiver regime for Ukrainian citizens who will be exempted from EU short-stay visa requirement. </p><p>Under the new law, Ukrainians who hold a biometric passport will be able to enter the EU without a visa for 90 days in any 180-day period, for tourism, to visit relatives or friends, or for business purposes. However, this does not provide for the right to work. The exemption applies to all EU countries, except Ireland and the UK, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.</p><p>The legislation, approved in the EP by 521 votes to 75 with 36 abstentions, still needs to be formally adopted by the Council of Ministers. It is likely to enter into force in June, 20 days after it is published in the EU Official Journal.</p><p>                                                                                                  <br><strong>Background</strong></p><p>eu-LISA ensures 24/7 operational management of VIS's central system and its communication infrastructure. eu-LISA is responsible for the constant maintenance as well as the evolution of the system, while strictly following relevant security and data protection regulations. The Agency provides training to national authorities on how to use VIS, produces statistics and reports, and monitors relevant strands of research. </p><p>As well as VIS, the Agency manages two other large IT systems: Eurodac – a centralised system that collects and processes the digitalised fingerprints of asylum seekers in Europe, and the second generation Schengen Information System (SIS II) – the largest IT system for public security and law enforcement cooperation in Europe.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Contact:</strong></p><p>Mare Haab</p><p>Head of External and Internal Communication</p><p>e-mail: <a href="mailto:press@eulisa.europa.eu"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">press@eulisa.europa.eu</span></a></p><p>mob: +372 588 78 668</p><p> </p><p>for general information: <span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">info@eulisa.europa.eu</span></p>
eu-LISA: digitalization to strengthen security and justicehttp://www.eulisa.europa.eu/Newsroom/PressRelease/Pages/Diplomatic-Missions-visit2017.aspxeu-LISA: digitalization to strengthen security and justice23/03/2017 12:00:00<p> <strong></strong>On the week that marks the 60<sup>th</sup> 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.<strong>  </strong></p><p>Krum Garkov, the Executive Director of eu-LISA said: "<em>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." </em></p><p>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.</p><p> <strong>Evolution of the existing and introduction of new systems</strong> </p><p>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.  </p><p>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.</p><p>Based on the <a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-4402_en.htm"> <span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">proposal submitted by the Commission on the 21 December 2016</span></a>, the Agency is also prepared to start implementing the necessary changes to SIS II once the SIS II recast regulations are adopted. </p><p>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). </p><p>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 <em>'overstayers' </em>in the Schengen territory. Above all, the new system will reinforce internal security as well as the fight against terrorism and serious crime.  </p><p style="text-align:left;">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.</p><p> <strong>Background</strong></p><p>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.</p><p>Links:</p><ul><li><p>eu-LISA: <a href="/"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">http://www.eulisa.europa.eu</span></a></p></li><li><p>"<a href="http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/securing-eu-borders/legal-documents/docs/20160406/communication_on_stronger_and_smart_borders_20160406_en.pdf"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">Communication on Stronger and Smarter Information Systems on Borders and Security</span></a>",</p></li><li><p>ETIAS: <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/sites/homeaffairs/files/what-we-do/policies/european-agenda-security/fact-sheets/docs/20161116/factsheet_-_etias_en.pdf"> <span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">https://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/sites/homeaffairs/files/what-we-do/policies/european-agenda-security/fact-sheets/docs/20161116/factsheet_-_etias_en.pdf</span></a></p></li> </ul><p> <br> </p><p>Contact:Mare Haab (Head of External and Internal Communication)<br>e-mail: <a href="mailto:press@eulisa.europa.eu"> <span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">press@eulisa.europa.eu</span></a><br>mob: +372 588 78 668<br>for general information: <a href="mailto:info@eulisa.europa.eu"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">info@eulisa.europa.eu</span></a></p>

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