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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>
eu-LISA Technical Expertise to Bring Forward Interoperability of IT systems Technical Expertise to Bring Forward Interoperability of IT systems17/05/2017 12:00:00<p>The European Commission's seventh progress report on the headway made towards an effective and genuine Security Union, launched on 16 May, focuses on the ongoing work to improve information management for borders and security. Further to this, it sets out the Commission's new approach towards achieving the interoperability of EU information systems for security, border and migration management by 2020. The proposed approach would overcome the current weakness in the EU's data management architecture eliminating blind spots. </p><p>The EU Agency responsible for information system management, eu-LISA, would play a crucial role in providing technical expertise and bringing the work towards the interoperability of information systems forward. In order to allow eu-LISA to implement this new approach, the Commission will present a legislative proposal to strengthen the Agency's mandate in June 2017.</p><p>Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris <strong>Avramopoulos</strong> said: <em>"The value of our security information is maximised when our systems talk to each other. The complex and fragmented systems we have today make us vulnerable. Actionable information is not always available for the law enforcement officials that need it. Today, we present a clear vision on how to act to correct this. To connect the dots and to eliminate blind spots to step up the security of our citizens across the EU."</em></p><p>Commissioner for the Security Union Julian <strong>King</strong> said: "<em>The recent tragic attacks in Europe have highlighted the importance of effective information sharing between Member State authorities. The approach we are outlining today sets out a targeted and intelligent way of using the existing data to best effect. What we propose would be a step-change in the way we manage data for security, helping national authorities better addressing transnational threats and detecting terrorists who act across borders."</em></p><p>According to the Executive Director of eu-LISA <strong>Krum Garkov </strong>eu-LISA has the knowledge and readiness to provide its expertise and fully contribute to achieving the objectives set out in the approach.</p><p> <strong><br></strong></p><p> <strong>Background</strong></p><p>In April 2016, the Commission presented a Communication on stronger and smarter information systems for borders and security and launched the work of the High-Level Expert Group on Information Systems and Interoperability. The High-Level Expert Group delivered its <a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">final report</span></a> on 11 May confirming the views expressed in the April 2016 Communication, and putting forward recommendations towards the interoperability of information systems. The seventh progress report of EC takes stock of the recommendations of the High-Level Expert Group, and proposes the way forward to address structural shortcomings under the three main areas:</p><ol><li><p>maximising the utility of existing information systems;</p></li><li><p>where necessary, developing complementary systems to close information gaps; and</p></li><li><p>ensuring interoperability between our systems.</p></li></ol><p></p><p> <strong><br></strong></p><p><strong>For More Information</strong></p><ul><li><p><a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">Full text of the EC Press Release</span></a></p></li><li><p><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"> </span><a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">7th Progress Report on Security Union</span></a></p></li><li><p><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"> </span><a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">Stronger and smarter information systems for borders and security</span></a></p></li><li><p><a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">Delivering on the European Agenda on Security to fight against terrorism and pave the way towards an effective and genuine Security Union</span></a></p></li><li><p><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"> </span><a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">European Agenda on Security</span></a></p></li><li><p><a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">EU Information Systems</span></a></p></li><li><p><a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">eu-LISA</span></a></p></li></ul><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>Contact:</strong></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">e-mail: <a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></a></p><p style="text-align:justify;">mob: +372 588 78 668</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <em>for general information: </em><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"> </span><a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"> <em></em></span></a></p>
Safety and Security of Europe discussed with the Estonian Prime Minister in eu-LISA and Security of Europe discussed with the Estonian Prime Minister in eu-LISA26/04/2017 14:00:00<p>The Prime Minister of the Republic of Estonia Jüri Ratas met today with the Executive Director of eu-LISA Krum Garkov in the headquarters of the Agency in Tallinn, Estonia. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the role that large-scale IT systems play in contributing to safety and security in Europe and preparations for the upcoming Estonian EU Presidency. </p><p>Krum Garkov welcomed Prime Minister Ratas and thanked him on behalf of the Agency for the interest and support shown with the high-level visit. The Executive Director and Prime Minister exchanged views on transformations in the area of EU freedom, security and justice, which relies increasingly on modern technologies and information sharing.<em> </em> Mr Garkov elaborated on eu-LISA's 2017 priorities related to the evolution of the existing IT systems and integration of new ones in line with their respective legal basis. The revision of the Agency's mandate and the legal proposals that are currently being negotiated at EU institutional level were also discussed.  In addition the Prime Minister and the Executive Director talked about the ongoing preparations for the EU Presidency that Estonia will take over from Malta for the second half of this year.</p><p>During a brief tour of the current headquarters, located in the EU House in Tallinn, the Prime Minister and the Executive Director spoke about the progress of the new headquarters building that will, in the not too distant future, house eu-LISA in Tallinn.</p><p>Prime Minister Ratas also spoke with staff, addressing the Strasbourg and Brussels office too via video conferencing. </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"></span></a></p></li><li><p>prime Minister of the Republic of Estonia: <a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></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=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></a></p><p style="text-align:justify;">mob: +372 588 78 668</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><em>for general information: <span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></em></p>

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