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Our mission

Continuously supporting Member States effort through technology for a safer Europe:

  • Provide high-quality efficient services and solutions
  • Continuously align the capabilities of technology with the evolving needs of the Member States
  • Grow as a centre of excellence

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Our activities

Manage operations of the second generation Schengen Information System (SIS II), the Visa Information System (VIS) and EURODAC

  • Ensure highest levels of information security and data protection
  • Participate to implement new systems (research and development)
  • Provide training plans for national authorities on technical use of IT systems

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eu-LISA and Frontex Joint Conference: EU Borders - Getting Smarter Through Technologyhttps://www.eulisa.europa.eu/Newsroom/PressRelease/Pages/eu-LISA-and-Frontex-Joint-Conference---EU-Borders---Getting-Smarter-Through-Technology.aspxeu-LISA and Frontex Joint Conference: EU Borders - Getting Smarter Through Technology17/10/2018 07:30:00<p>​​​​<em style="background-color:rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);">On 17 October 2018 eu-LISA (the European Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice) and Frontex (the European Border and Coast Guard Agency) will co-host the conference "EU Borders - Getting Smarter Through Technology" in Tallinn, Estonia. The event is organised under the auspices of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU. The conference will focus on new trends, technologies and challenges in external border management, both from strategic and operational points of view. The conference will bring together some 180 delegates representing Member States, EU institutions and agencies, practitioners and industry.</em></p><p><em><br></em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em><img src="/Newsroom/PressRelease/PublishingImages/Annual_Conference_2018.jpg" alt="Annual_Conference_2018.jpg (1018×720)" style="margin:5px;width:786px;" /><br></em></p><p><em><br></em></p><p>EU border management authorities have faced increasing challenges in recent years. Crime continues to be more international than ever, placing pressure on border authorities to step up checks in order to detect illicit activities; terrorist attacks have taken place on the territory of the EU that have involved sometimes extensive cross-border travel during preparations; some of the most vulnerable in our society continue to fall victim to human trafficking. Such challenges present at the same time as the flux across borders increases due to trade, business, work and travel.</p><p>Technology is increasingly seen as a vital means to deal with the increasing demands on border authorities. In the coming years, at least two new large-scale IT systems will be developed and implemented - the European Entry-Exit System (EES) and the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS). Both systems seek to render border checks more comprehensive but at the same time more efficient. The systems will, inter alia, involve the use of biometric data to enable effective and rapid identity checks, the introduction of pre-travel authorisation processes to facilitate advance traveller processing and to remove some of the check burden from the first line border officer and the deployment of self-service technologies such as kiosks and Automated Border Control gates. eu-LISA is tasked with the technical development and implementation of both.</p><p>"Today, we face a transformation of the Justice and Home affairs domain, leading to a rapid convergence between border management, internal security and migration management from an operational and a policy point of view. We can no longer draw border lines between them. At the same time, the impact of the ongoing digital revolution will continue and even accelerate in the coming years. Therefore, the EU should continue to further explore the capabilities of technology to make border management, internal security and migration management stronger and smarter.</p><p>Although this all may sound too technological, if not technocratic, then I can assure you that in fact it is all about people. It's about how to best meet the expectations of EU citizens who are worried about terrorist threats, concerned with internal security as well as migration and expect our shared values, the values on which the EU has been built, to be translated into practical solutions and results.", said Krum Garkov, Executive Director of eu-LISA.</p><p>Undoubtedly, use of these systems implies significant change in border control processes. Efficiencies will only become apparent if the systems are appropriately utilised, technologies appropriately leveraged and border guards fully trained to deal with all eventualities. Engagement with the border guard community to enable their anticipation of future developments and their input during their development process will be key. eu-LISA and Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, will therefore be working closely together throughout.</p><p>"In order to effectively address the double challenge of increased travel and greater security needs, it is imperative we harness the power of transformation that innovative new technologies can offer," said Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri. "Our discussions today centre on precisely those sophisticated systems that will help bona fide travellers enter the EU, while detecting those who represent a threat to our security upstream in order to take appropriate action."</p><p>Mike Flander, Head of Unit at the Austrian Federal Ministry of Interior, states that "EU Borders – Getting Smarter Through Technology means Interoperability and means having the right information at the right time at the right place in a secure, reliable and trustworthy manner."</p><p>​Keynote speakers also include Olivier Onidi, Deputy Director General of the Directorate-General Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission. Experts from EU Agencies as well as from the public and private sectors of several countries worldwide will share their knowledge and expertise.</p><p>Online web-streaming will be provided during the conference at <span class="MsoHyperlink"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:corbel, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.eulisaconference.eu/streaming">www.eulisaconference.eu/streaming</a></span></span>​ and a Twitter-wall will be available to enable interactive participation from all locations.</p><p><br></p><p>The full press release is available in <a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Documents/eu-LISA%20Conference%202018%20PR%20EN.pdf">English</a>.<br></p>
ETIAS Regulation enters into forcehttps://www.eulisa.europa.eu/Newsroom/News/Pages/ETIAS-Regulation-enters-into-force.aspxETIAS Regulation enters into force09/10/2018 08:00:00<p>European Parliament and Council Regulations 2018/1240 and 2018/1241 establishing the European Travel Information Authorisation System (ETIAS) enter into force today, 9 October 2018.</p><p>ETIAS is a system for granting authorisation to travel to the external borders of the Member States. The final decision on crossing the external border lies with the destination Member State. ETIAS will carry out pre-travel screening to assess the security and migration risks of travellers who benefit from visa-free access to the Schengen area, and thus allow Member States to deny authorisation to travellers considered to pose a security threat, or a risk in terms of irregular migration or public health. In order to cross an external Schengen border, visa-free travellers will need to have both a valid travel document and an ETIAS authorisation.</p><p>eu-LISA is responsible for the development and the technical management of the <strong>ETIAS Information System</strong>, whilst Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, will manage the <strong>ETIAS Central Unit</strong>.</p><p>The ETIAS Information System foresees, among others: </p><ul><li><p>a centralised system to process the applications </p></li><li><p>a national uniform interface in each Member State that connects the central system and the national infrastructures </p></li><li><p>a secure communication infrastructure between the central system and the national uniform interfaces </p></li><li><p>a public website and a mobile app for mobile devices </p></li><li><p>an email service as well as a number of tools for applicants, such as an account service, a verification tool, and a tool to provide or withdraw consent for data retention beyond the general retention period. </p></li></ul><p>ETIAS is due to become operational by the end of 2021. Full implementation is expected in the course of 2022.</p><h2>Further readings:</h2><ul><li><p>The Regulations <a href="https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=OJ:L:2018:236:FULL&from=EN" target="_blank">2018/1240 - 2018/1241</a></p></li><li><p>Frontex <a href="https://frontex.europa.eu/media-centre/news-release/frontex-to-play-central-role-in-new-eu-travel-authorisation-system-ErA8DD" target="_blank">press release</a></p></li><li><p>European Commission <a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-4367_en.htm?locale=en" target="_blank">press release</a>, <a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-18-4362_en.htm" target="_blank">memo</a></p></li><li><p>European Parliament <a href="http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20180628IPR06808/reinforcing-eu-border-security-visa-exempt-travellers-will-be-pre-screened" target="_blank">press release</a> , <a href="http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/BRIE/2017/599298/EPRS_BRI%282017%29599298_EN.pdf" target="_blank">briefing</a></p></li></ul>
Three-way collaboration "SIS II for SIRENE" coursehttps://www.eulisa.europa.eu/Newsroom/News/Pages/3-way-collaboration-SIRENE-course.aspxThree-way collaboration "SIS II for SIRENE" course01/10/2018 10:00:00<p>On 19-20 September eu-LISA, in collaboration with CEPOL and the European Commission, delivered a training course called "SIS II for SIRENE". The target audience for this training session was SIRENE officers and operators with the potential for multiplying the knowledge gained.</p><p>The overall aim of this SIS II for SIRENE course was to provide an overview of eu-LISA and SIRENE relations, the legal background, SIS II technical topics related to SIRENE, the escalation procedure for SIRENE and, last but not least, the role of SIRENE in the eu-LISA change management procedure. The 2018 focal point was "SISII-AFIS and Identity confirmation" with an innovative discussion forum session organised for the Member States. </p><p>The two-day programme covered and included:</p><ul><li>eu-LISA as a whole, eu-LISA and SIRENE, SIS II </li><li>The legal background (presented by the European Commission)</li><li>SISII-AFIS related to SIRENE </li><li>Lessons learned in Data Quality </li><li>Implications stemming from the SISII-AFIS solution</li><li>Train the trainer</li></ul><p>The course took place in Strasbourg, France and was attended by 28 participants representing 23 EU Member States.<br>The course satisfaction rate was very high, reaching 92%, whilst the average score given for the course was 4.6 out of 5.</p> <p>The discussion forum for the Member States proved to be much appreciated and well received. One satisfied participant noted: "Thank you eu-LISA for letting the Member States present national solutions. If only there was more time!"</p><p><img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/Pages/SIS-SIRENE-September%202018.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p>

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