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Going Digital for a Safe and Secure Europe Digital for a Safe and Secure Europe16/10/2017 07:00:00<p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>On 17 and 18 October, eu-LISA will host its annual conference, <strong>Going Digital for a Safe and Secure Europe</strong>, 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.</p><p>"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.</p><p>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.</p><p> <span>Online web-streaming will be provided during the conference on <a href=""> <span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></a> and a twitter-wall will be available to enable interactive participation from all locations.<br></span></p><p> <span><strong>Further Readings:</strong> <a href=""> <span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">Interactive Page</span></a><br></span></p><p> <strong>Press Release (PDF):</strong> <a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Documents/eu-LISA%20Conference%202017%20PR%20DE.pdf"> <span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">DE</span></a>, <a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Documents/eu-LISA%20Conference%202017%20PR%20EE.pdf"> <span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">EE</span></a>, <a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Documents/eu-LISA%20Conference%202017%20PR%20EN.pdf"> <span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">EN</span></a> and <a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Documents/eu-LISA%20Conference%202017%20PR%20FR.pdf"> <span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">FR</span></a><br></p><p> <strong>Background:</strong><br>The full names of the EU Agencies are:<br></p><ul><li><p>European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol)</p></li><li><p>European Asylum Support Office (EASO)</p></li><li><p>European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex)</p></li><li><p>European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)</p></li></ul><p></p><p> <strong>Links:</strong><br>Conference website: <a href=""> <span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></a><br>List of conference speakers: <a href=""> <span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></a><br>Twitter: <a href=""> <span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></a><br></p><p>#DigitalWay2017   #eulisaconference   #EU2017EE<br></p><p> <strong>Contact:</strong><br>Mare Haab<br>mob: +371 588 78 668<br><a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></a><br><a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></a><br></p>
eu-LISA's new head office gets its cornerstone's new head office gets its cornerstone29/09/2017 09:00:00<p>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. </p><p>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. </p><p>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!</p><p>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.</p><p>Links:</p><p>eu-LISA: <a href="/"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></a></p><p><span lang="ES">Contact</span>:</p><p>eu-LISA</p><p>for media requests:</p><p><a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></a></p><p>for general information:</p><p><a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></a></p>
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>

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