eu-LISA Management Board meets Online Management Board meets Online01/07/2020 05:00:00<p>Though travel restrictions are being lifted and internal borders have reopened across the Schengen Area, video conferencing and online meetings are still the preferred way of running eu-LISA's governance body meetings. This method, now well-oiled after dozens of online events, is here to stay for the foreseeable future. In fact, on Tuesday 30th June, the Agency hosted the 23rd eu-LISA Management Board virtually with the assistance of our state of the art video conferencing equipment. Close to 60 participants from Member States, Associated Countries, the European Commission and fellow JHA Agencies joined the first ever online MB meeting. </p><p>Topics discussed and covered included progress reports from eu-LISA's Advisory Groups (AG) and Program Management Boards (PMB) for the systems in development, namely the Entry/Exit System, the European Travel Information Authorisation System and the European Criminal Records Information System – Third Country Nationals. The state of play of the existing systems, Eurodac, SIS and VIS were also presented by their respective Advisory Group representatives. Advancements made in the area of Interoperability of the systems was reported on and the related roadmap to standardisation was discussed. </p><p>On the agenda was the election of the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of the Management Board. Both of the current representatives, Zsolt Szolnoki (Hungary) and Rene Vihalem (Estonia), were re-confirmed and will serve a further four years as Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson respectively.</p><p>eu-LISA's Executive Director, Krum Garkov, highlighted the effects of the COVID-19 crises on the Agencies activities and the development of the new systems. He also shared the report from the Interoperability Forum held at the end of May.  Progress made in the implementation of the Annual Work Programme 2020 and changes introduced for the Programing Document 2020-2022 were also presented.</p><p>Last but not least, the Management addressed several administrative and governance matters brought to the table by the Agency.</p><p>Each online governance meeting gives eu-LISA a chance to improve on the previous and the overall opportunity to explore and integrate innovative new management methods into the expanding landscape of keeping Europe's citizens safe with ever-evolving large-scale IT systems.<br></p>
Save the Date: eu-LISA Industry Roundtable 2020 the Date: eu-LISA Industry Roundtable 202030/06/2020 13:00:00<p>On 4-5 November 2020, the European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (eu-LISA), will host its next Industry Roundtable – "<strong>Data Quality and Interoperability: Addressing the Capability Gaps through Standardisation</strong>". </p><p>The event will take place in Tallinn, Estonia and participants will also have the option of attending and contributing remotely, via a dedicated online platform. </p><h2>Topics addressed</h2><p>This year, the Industry Roundtable will precede the eu-LISA Annual Conference and will focus on the capability gaps related to the implementation of Interoperability of the Large-Scale IT Systems operated by eu-LISA, and in particular, on ensuring data quality through standardisation. </p><p>The new information architecture's ability to meet political objectives and operational benefits will largely depend on the quality of data fed into the systems. Requirements, as well as quality criteria for biometric data shall be extended across all large-scale IT systems included in the interoperability architecture, thus ensuring cross-platform compatibility of biometric data. This will be particularly important in the context of the implementation and use of the sBMS interoperability component</p><p>Challenges exist not only in the area of biometric, but also alphanumeric data quality, thus covering the entire scope of identity data. Whereas in the case of biometric data, standards already exist, for alphanumeric data such standards are not yet in place. Therefore, further work on the wider adoption and development of standards in both biometric and alphanumeric data is necessary.</p><p>The Roundtable will feature pioneering technologies, products and services provided by industry, showcasing them to the end-user community, experts representing relevant authorities from Member States and EU Institutions. The event will provide a forum for discussions on the recent technological and non-technological developments facilitating the improvement of biometric and alphanumeric data quality. </p><p>The following capability gaps will be the main focus points: </p><ul><li><p>Biometric data acquisition: addressing the challenges of data quality at the point of capture;</p></li><li><p>Ensuring consistent data quality through measurement, evaluation and standardisation;</p></li><li><p>Access to data: interoperability architecture and access to information on the ground;</p></li><li><p>Biometric data-quality: acquisition of biometric data in challenging conditions;</p></li><li><p>Alphanumeric data-quality: challenges and solutions for alphanumeric data quality.</p></li></ul> <br> <div style="background-color:#dcddde;padding:25px 30px 15px;width:85%;margin:0px auto;border-radius:10px;"><h2>Call for expression of interest</h2> <br> <p>If your company is interested in presenting an innovative technology, product or service in one or more sessions, please sign up to participate using the <a href=""> <strong>dedicated registration form</strong></a>. </p><p>Please specify which of the capability gaps you would like to address in your presentation and provide a brief description of your company and the solution/technology you would like to present.</p><p>Please note that the number of presentation slots is limited. Submissions will be evaluated by eu-LISA experts. The selection of submitted proposals will be based on the relevance of the proposals to the topic of the event, their novelty and potential impact. eu-LISA will communicate the outcome of the selection procedure to all applicants. </p><p>The Call for Expression of Interest is open until <strong>31 August 2020</strong>. </p><p>eu-LISA will review the proposals and inform the selected speakers by <strong>1 October 2020</strong>.</p><p> <strong>Stay tuned!</strong> Registration and programme details will be released in <strong>September 2020</strong>.</p></div> <br><br> <p> <img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/20200630_IR_poster.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:785px;" /> <br> </p><br>
SIS-25: digital technology at the service of citizens for a secure Europe digital technology at the service of citizens for a secure Europe12/06/2020 07:00:00<p>​This year we are marking the 25th anniversary of the Schengen Information System (SIS), the most widely used and largest information sharing system for security and border management in Europe. It is one of the largest IT systems managed by eu-LISA, aimed at making Europe safer.  </p><p> <img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/Pages/SIS-25-digital-technology-at-the-service-of-citizens-for-a-secure-Europe/25.jpg" alt="25.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:300px;" />Launched in 1995, as a tool for seven EU Member States, to support internal security and exchange of information between national police forces as well as border, customs, visa and judicial authorities, the system has expanded and had its functionalities continually improved to assist the national authorities of 30 European countries in sharing information with their European counterparts whilst performing border checks and confronting cross-border crime and terrorism.</p><p>eu-LISA, responsible for the operational management and further development of SIS, has focused on improving and modernising the system for the past eight years, the period for which the Agency has so far been accountable for the IT systems for EU justice and home affairs. </p><p>"<em>Free movement of people is one of fundamental achievements of the European Union. eu-LISA is an indispensable element of the Schengen architecture as, with its services and systems, it ensures the normal functioning of  the Schengen area, supporting with technologies the efforts of Member States to make Europe stronger and safer. Today, eu-LISA holds even broader responsibilities having been tasked to deploy the new information architecture of the EU for border management and internal security. However, digitalization is not a potion that can magically increase operational efficiency. It does not stem from the amount of money spent on novelties either, nor the excellence of the technical solutions implemented. It comes from the capability to make the best use of these technologies and the trust of citizens in the efforts of the national and European authorities towards a safer and more secure Europe,</em>" emphasised Krum GARKOV the Executive Director of eu-LISA. </p><center><p></p><div class="youtube-container home-youtube-container embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9 embed-responsive-item" id="videoPlayer"> <iframe src="" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe>  </div><p></p></center><h2>Background:</h2><p>In 2018, eu-LISA launched the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), which introduced a biometric search capability in SIS, allowing for the identification of persons of interest solely using fingerprints </p><p>The latest legislation foresees improvements within SIS to better address counter-terrorism and irregular migration. A more extensive use of biometric data and the creation of new categories of alerts, as well as the inclusion of more items in the already existing categories, is also foreseen. </p><p> <br> </p><h2>More information: </h2><p> <a href=""></a> – our interactive eu-LISA Awareness-Package</p><p> <a href="/AboutUs/MandateAndActivities/CoreActivities/Pages/SIS-II.aspx"></a> – SIS page on this Website<br></p>
Forum on the implementation of the new architecture for EU information systems for borders, migration and security on the implementation of the new architecture for EU information systems for borders, migration and security26/05/2020 21:00:00<p>Today eu-LISA is attending the third high-level forum on the implementation of the new architecture of EU information systems for borders, migration and security, organised by the European Commission's DG Home. The Executive Director of eu-LISA, Krum GARKOV, provides an update on the work progress regarding the new IT systems EES and ETIAS as well as Interoperability.<br></p><p>Together with the EU Member States, Schengen associated countries, representatives of EU Institutions and EU Agencies acting in the area of justice and home affairs, eu-LISA will discuss the state of play of implementing the new IT architectures, in the context of the COVID-19 situation. </p><p>"<em>Work with the new systems and interoperability is in progress thanks to very good cooperation with the Commission, the Member States and the other JHA Agencies, despite the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. eu-LISA works hard to adhere to their implementation timelines. However, this is possible only through the joint efforts of all stakeholders and their ability to follow the challenging implementation schedule. </em></p><p><em>We should also remember that these projects are not just big technical initiatives but are a substantial part of the EU's response to the demand of EU citizens for more efficient border management and stronger internal security.</em>" emphasised Krum GARKOV.</p><p>The initiative behind forums on the new IT architecture was launched by the European Commission's DG Home with the aim of ensuring coherent, transparent and mutually supportive joint EU implementation efforts as well as to establish a platform for regular meetings with all the stakeholders. This allows all participants to focus on the state and progress of preparations, understand and identify in a timely manner any problems and define solutions or support measures where needed. </p><p>Given the ongoing confinement measures across Europe, the current forum is being held using a videoconference facility.  </p><h2>Background:</h2><p>The Entry/Exit System is a new large-scale IT system currently being developed by eu-LISA to enable the recording of entry and exit of third country nationals (TCN) to and from the Schengen Area. The system aims at modernising and increasing automation at border controls, strengthening internal security and fighting terrorism and organised crime.</p><p>ETIAS is a new IT system for EU border management currently being developed by eu-LISA, which will improve the security and safety aspects of travelling to or through the Schengen Area. Once operational, ETIAS will require that all visa-exempt third country nationals planning to travel to the Schengen Area apply for pre-travel authorisation online.</p><p>Interoperability will address existing gaps in the JHA domain's information architecture. It is a part of the EU's response to the demands of citizens for a more efficient management of external borders and stronger internal security. Interoperability will bring improved access to information stored in EU information systems and identity management at an EU level.</p><p>The overall objective of these initiatives is to establish a new information architecture for border management and internal security in the EU, which will facilitate a more efficient management of the Union's external borders and stronger internal security.</p><h2>Links: </h2><p><a href=""></a> – interactive eu-LISA Awareness-Package</p><p><a href=""></a> – Corporate Website<br></p><h2>Videos:<br></h2><ul><li><p><a href="">Enhanced Security with the Entry/Exit System</a></p></li><li><p><a href="">ETIAS: Simplifying Travel to the EU</a></p></li><li><p><a href="">Achieving Interoperability for a Safer Europe</a></p></li></ul><h2>Contacts: </h2><p><a href=""></a><br></p><p><br></p>