Schengen Information System regulations published Information System regulations published07/12/2018 11:00:00<p style="box-sizing:border-box;margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;color:#444444;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:300;letter-spacing:normal;text-align:start;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">​On 7 December 2018, the strengthened Schengen Information System (SIS) new regulations were published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The new legislation will enter into force in twenty days time, on December 27th 2018. SIS is Europe's most widely used information sharing system for migration, security and border management.</p><p style="box-sizing:border-box;margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;color:#444444;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:300;letter-spacing:normal;text-align:start;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">The reinforced SIS will include, among others, the following upgrades:</p><ul style="box-sizing:border-box;color:#444444;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:300;letter-spacing:normal;text-align:start;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><li style="box-sizing:border-box;">New alerts on criminals and return decisions: The agreed changes will allow SIS alerts to be issued for unknown persons who are wanted in connection with a crime. In addition, a new alert category for "return decisions" will be introduced to improve the enforcement of return decisions issued to irregularly-staying third-country nationals;</li><li style="box-sizing:border-box;">Greater vigilance for terrorist offences: National authorities will be obliged to create a SIS alert in cases related to terrorist offences and a new “inquiry check” to gather essential information;</li><li style="box-sizing:border-box;">Stronger provisions on missing children and people in need: National authorities will be able to issue preventive alerts on persons who are in need of protection, in addition to existing alerts on missing persons;</li><li style="box-sizing:border-box;">Enforcement of entry bans: It will be now compulsory to insert into SIS any entry bans issued to third-country nationals allowing their enforcement throughout the Schengen area;</li><li style="box-sizing:border-box;">Stronger data protection rules: The agreed changes will strengthen the protection of personal data, by bringing it into line with the new General Data Protection Regulation and the Police Directive on data protection;</li><li style="box-sizing:border-box;">Improved interoperability: The reinforced SIS will make more efficient use of fingerprints, palm prints and facial images to identify suspects. The upgrades are also geared towards ensuring full interoperability of the SIS with other EU systems for migration, border management and security;</li><li style="box-sizing:border-box;">Enhanced access for EU Agencies: Europol will now have access to all alert categories in the SIS while European Border and Coast Guard Agency operational teams will be able to access SIS for the purpose of carrying out their tasks in the hotspots and at external borders.</li></ul><div><span><span>eu-LISA will be in charge of the technical upgrade of the SIS.</span></span><br></div>
VIS L1 course takes place in Strasbourg L1 course takes place in Strasbourg29/11/2018 15:00:00<p>The second cycle of eu-LISA VIS Development Training Programme for IT Operators (DTPITO) was kicked off by eu-LISA by delivering an Entry Level (L1) training on 5-6 November in Strasbourg, France.</p><p>The aim of the course was to introduce VIS operational system principles, technical aspects and to provide a detailed overview of operations to all participants.</p><p>The target audience for this course was Single Point of Contact (SPoC) managers and senior operational staff.</p><p>During the course the following topics were covered:</p><ul><li>Introduction to VIS/BMS and VIS mail;</li><li>VIS Operations – Communications with stakeholders;</li><li>VIS Service Manager 9 (SM9) – Hands on;</li><li>VIS Operations – Monitoring;</li><li>VIS Operator Manual and VIS Escalation and Maintenance Management.</li></ul> <p>Eleven trainees from nine VIS participating Member States (AT, CH, CZ, ES, FI, HR, NO, PT, SI) were trained in the Entry Level (L1) course. The training session was supported with possibilities for e-learning via the eu-LISA LMS. The attendees had an opportunity to take an assessment test to measure the knowledge acquired during the training. Seven participants were certified as VIS Specialists; the average satisfaction rate was 4.53 out of 5.</p><p><img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/Pages/VIS-L1.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="" style="margin:5px;" />The course was followed by the last 2018 face-to-face session - Train the Trainer – SIS II, VIS, Eurodac - for IT operators jointly organised with CEPOL. The training took place on 8-9 November in Tallinn, Estonia. Twenty-six participants from 16 EU Member States attended the course. </p><p>The Development Training Programmes for IT Operators (DTPITO) will continue with the VIS Development Training Programme for IT Operators for Intermediate Level (L2) course in February 2019.</p>
eu-LISA Establishing Regulation Published Today Establishing Regulation Published Today20/11/2018 22:00:00<p>​​On 21 November 2018, the new establishing regulation of eu-LISA was published in the Official Journal of the European Union, one more step in strengthening the Agency's mandate.</p><p>The regulation will enter in to force after 20 days, on 11 December 2018, and will enhance eu-LISA's capacities to improve existing and develop new information systems for security, border management and migration.</p><p> <strong>​</strong></p><p> <strong>Further reading:</strong></p><ul><li> <a href="/Newsroom/News/Pages/Commission-Proposal-for-a-Stronger-eu-LISA-Agency-Adopted.aspx">Summary</a> of the reinforced mandate</li><li>Full text of the <a href="" target="_blank">regulation</a></li></ul>​
eu-LISA Inaugurates Its Operational Site’s New Building’s-New-Building.aspxeu-LISA Inaugurates Its Operational Site’s New Building20/11/2018 13:30:00<p>Today eu-LISA celebrates its renovated site in Strasbourg with an inauguration event to thank those who provided the Agency with a modern working environment. Representatives from the French government, eu-LISA's governing bodies, EU institutions, EU Agencies, the local government, as well as eu-LISA's staff will take part in the festive event at 18 rue de la Faisanderie.</p><p><strong>Executive Director Krum Garkov said</strong>: <em>"Today sets a landmark for eu-LISA activities that are at the heart of the EU's internal security policies. This is where the Agency manages its large-scale IT systems that help safeguard, amongst others, Europe's borders. When the first building was built on these premises back in the 1990s, it could accommodate roughly 40 people. Now, we can say we are close to handling the ever growing need for specialists in the field, as the site is now sized for up to 5 times that capacity. It was not an easy task to get where we are today, but the hard work and dedication of all those involved has paid off</em><em>".</em></p><p><em><br></em></p><p>Read the full <a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Documents/eu-LISA%20SXB%20PR%20EN.pdf">press release</a>.​</p><p><br></p><p><img src="/Newsroom/PressRelease/PublishingImages/SXB.jpg" alt="SXB.jpg (1572×888)" style="margin:5px;width:786px;" /><br></p>