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eu-LISA: digitalization to strengthen security and justice 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=""> <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"></span></a></p></li><li><p>"<a href=""><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=""> <span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></a></p></li> </ul><p> <br> </p><p>Contact:Mare Haab (Head of External and Internal Communication)<br>e-mail: <a href=""> <span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></a><br>mob: +372 588 78 668<br>for general information: <a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></a></p>
eu-LISA becomes a "No More Ransom!" partner becomes a "No More Ransom!" partner15/12/2016 10:00:00<p>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. </p><p> 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 <span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"> <a target="_blank" href=""></a></span> 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.</p><p> <a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Documents/PR-NMR.pdf"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">Read the full Press Release!</span></a><br></p>
Two new studies highlight the significant contribution of EU Agencies to citizens and administrations new studies highlight the significant contribution of EU Agencies to citizens and administrations05/12/2016 22:00:00<p>​The 45 EU Agencies and Joint Undertakings make a vast contribution to the economic and political development of the European Union according to two new studies presented today during the EU Agencies Forum at the European Parliament. The studies highlight that while the EU Agencies represent less than 0.8% of the EU’s annual budget their contribution has widespread impact at citizen, industry and policy level.</p><p>The first study analyses the cost-effectiveness of the seven EU Agencies operating to support the Internal Market, and how they reduce the overall costs to taxpayers. The second study focuses on the contribution of 44 Agencies and Joint Undertakings to the Europe 2020 Strategy and the Juncker Commission Agenda.<br></p><p>The studies will be discussed today and tomorrow during the first EU Agencies Forum at the European Parliament. Vice-President of the European Parliament, Mairead McGuinness and Kristalina Georgieva, Vice-President of the European Commission, are speakers at the event.</p><p>Related Documents:</p><ul><li><a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Documents/EU%20Forum/press_release.pdf"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">Full Press Release</span></a></li><li><a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Documents/EU%20Forum/EU%20Forum%20-%20biographies.pdf"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">Event Speakers Biographies</span></a></li><li><a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Documents/EU%20Forum/Deloitte%20Study_EU%20agencies%20contribution.pdf"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">How do EU agencies and other bodies contribute to the Europe 2020 Strategy and to the Juncker Commission Agenda?</span></a></li><li><a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Documents/EU%20Forum/the_cost_of_non_agencies.pdf"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">The Cost of Non-Agencies with Relevance to the Internal Market</span></a></li><li><a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Documents/EU%20Forum/eu_agencies_brochure_2016.pdf"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">EU Agencies Brochure</span></a><br></li></ul><p></p>
eu-LISA “JHATech 2016”: focus on technologies to enhance European citizens’ security “JHATech 2016”: focus on technologies to enhance European citizens’ security27/10/2016 03:00:00<p>In 2015, more than 1.2 million first time asylum seekers registered in Europe, more than double that of the previous year. A 58% increase in regular leisure and business travellers to Europe is anticipated in the next 10 years, meanwhile, with 300 million travellers set to enter Europe annually by 2025.</p><p>In the halls of Frankfurt, Brussels or Madrid airports, passengers transit through border checks using electronic gates. In Amsterdam and Stockholm, police on the beat check vehicle records using their mobile phones. Around the continent, incoming asylum seekers provide fingerprints to access European asylum processes. Europe's internal security is increasingly founded on modern technologies. Usage of innovative technologies is crucial to appropriately deal with the various threats faced, including terrorism, smuggling and cross-border crime, while enabling authorities to simultaneously cope with increasing flows of both regular and irregular travellers. </p><p>On 27th October, eu-LISA will host its annual conference, JHATech 2016, in Tallinn. Some 130 attendees are anticipated, representing EU and national authorities, practitioners, industry and academia.  Together, they will examine the interplay between national and European information technologies and also assess research and development activities that might provide for new tools to enhance operations going forward. Opportunities to bring added value by making IT systems more interoperable will be particularly studied. The proposed European Entry/Exit System will also be discussed. This new system for the electronic registration of all entries and exits of third country nationals into Europe will, pending approval of the relevant legislation in the coming months, be developed by eu-LISA.</p><p><strong>Krum Garkov</strong>, the Executive Director of eu-LISA noted that the main emphasis of this years's conference is on the individual technologies for law enforcement cooperation and IT tools to enhance border control through interoperability of the available means.  </p><p>Online web-streaming will be provided during the day of the conference at <a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></a> and a twitter wall will be available to enable interactive participation from all locations (#JHATech2016.). </p><p><strong>Background</strong></p><p>This is the third conference organised by the European Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice (eu-LISA) to highlight the capabilities that modern technology provides to combine stronger security with ease of travel and thereby enable more efficient external border management in Europe. </p><p><strong>Links</strong></p><p>eu-LISA 2015 Conference highlights see:</p><ul><li><a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></a></li><li><a href="/Newsroom/VideoGallery/Pages/default.aspx"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></a></li></ul><p> </p><p>Contact: </p><p>Mare Haab</p><p>Ph: +371 588 78 668</p><p><a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></a></p><p><a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></a></p>

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