Who We Are

Who We Are

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​We are the European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice​ (eu-LISA), an EU Agency established to provide a long-term solution for the operational management of large-scale IT systems, which are essential instruments in the implementation of the asylum, border management and migration policies of the EU.

The Agency currently manages Eurodac, the second generation Schengen Information System (SIS II) and the Visa Information System (VIS). Further to these, eu-LISA is developing the Entry/Exit Sysytem (EES), the European Travel Information Authorisation System (ETIAS) and the European Criminal Records Information System - Third-Country Nationals (ECRIS-TCN). These systems and the pre-existing ones are being built/adapted to ensure Interoperability - improved access to information stored in EU information systems and identity management at an EU level.

Details and information about the individual systems can be found in the "Large-Scale IT Systems" section of our website. Further readings on Interoperabilty are also available. 

The Agency was established in 2011 by Establishing Regulation (EU) No 1077/2011 and started its activities on 1 December 2012. In 2018 eu-LISA was given a larger mandate which is detailed in Regulation (EU) 2018/1726.

The headquarters of eu-LISA are in Tallinn, Estonia, whilst its operational centre is in Strasbourg, France. There is also a business continuity site for the systems under management based in Sankt Johann im Pongau, Austria and a Liaison Office in Brussels, Belgium.