eu-LISA Welcomes the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU Welcomes the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU01/07/2022 07:00:00<p>As of 1 July 2022, the Czech Republic will hold the 6-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union, taking it over from France.</p><p>Close collaboration with all our partners is essential to contributing to the achievement of Member States' priorities in the area of Justice and Home Affairs. Throughout the years, eu-LISA has cooperated with Council Presidencies and has traditionally co-organised its flagship events together with the presiding country. The Agency's latest <a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Pages/eu-LISA-Industry-Roundtable-Focuses-on-Identity-Management.aspx">Industry Roundtable held in June 2022</a> benefited from the support of the <a target="_blank" href="">French Presidency</a>, while <a href="/Newsroom/Events/Pages/UPCOMING---eu-LISA-Annual-Conference-2021.aspx">last year's Annual Conference</a> was organised under the auspices of the <a target="_blank" href="">Slovenian Presidency</a>. </p><p>The 2022 Annual Conference, which will take place on 13 October 2022, is jointly organised with the Czech Presidency. This year marks the 10<sup>th </sup><a href="/Newsroom/News/Pages/2022-Marks-eu-LISA%27s-10th-Anniversary.aspx">anniversary</a> of eu-LISA and the anniversary conference – ten years as the digital heart of Schengen - will take a closer look at the main milestones and achievement of the Agency in serving the Member States and European citizens. </p><p>During its presidency, the Czech Republic will focus on <strong>five priority areas</strong>: <strong>managing the refugee crisis and Ukraine's post-war recovery</strong>, <strong>energy security</strong>, <strong>strengthening Europe's defence capabilities and cyberspace security</strong> as well as <strong>resilience of democratic institutions</strong>.</p><p> <a target="_blank" href="">The Czech Presidency</a> has promised to put emphasis on the EU's energy security issues and on the accelerated implementation of REPowerEU. Also, given the growing global instability, the Czech Presidency will focus on reinforcing security and defence capabilities, in particular in partnership with NATO. At the same time, the Czech Presidency will address cyber threats and the geopolitical context of new technologies and space. </p><p>According to the Presidency, accelerating the digitalisation and automation in European industry is essential for building the resilience of the economy. To support the digital internal market, the Presidency will strive for the adoption of a pan-European tool for the secure and trustworthy identification of a citizen, the so-called European Digital Identity Wallet, and the creation of an efficient and fair data market. The Presidency will furthermore focus on strengthening the resilience of institutions that have a major influence on maintaining and developing values of democracy and the rule of law in the EU.</p><p>In the area of Home Affairs, the Czech Presidency aims to address the aftermath of the Russia's military aggression against Ukraine, and the Czech Presidency will support the EU's efforts to defend Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity by using all instruments and programmes offered by the EU, including the strengthening of sanctions. </p><p>Additionally, the EU internal security agenda and migration policy will remain high on the agenda, with a focus on advancing negotiations with the European Parliament on pending legislative files and taking forward the work regarding the New Pact on Asylum and Migration. These two initiatives are closely linked to the mandate of eu-LISA and the Agency has provided continuous support to the discussions in the Council. </p><p>Another key initiative is linked to EU borders and Schengen reform where the Presidency will have, among others, the implementation of interoperability of EU information systems during its rotation. In this important endeavour for the EU, eu-LISA is playing a crucial role in the technical implementation and development of the different systems and interoperability components. The Agency is actively engaged with Member States, Council's Presidencies, Commission and partner agencies in achieving Interoperability as soon as possible, in line with the agreed political timelines. </p><p>Another important area, to which the Czech Presidency will pay a particular attention to, is Justice. With the development of new legal instruments and technical tools, the EU aims to facilitate access to justice, improve overall efficiency, and ensure the resilience of justice systems particularly times of crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. With the recently adopted regulation on <a href="/Newsroom/News/Pages/eu-LISA-Extends-its-Portfolio-with-a-New-Large-Scale-IT-System.aspx">e-CODEX</a>, the ongoing discussions on Joint Investigation Teams collaboration platform, and the upcoming developments as regards the digitalisation of justice, eu-LISA is ready to contribute and support the Czech Presidency in moving these developments further with the aim of creating a modern EU justice system.</p><p>All of the abovementioned initiatives are close to the core work of eu-LISA. The Agency looks forward to continuing its support to the Council and wishes the Czech Presidency the greatest success in fulfilling its priorities.<br></p>
eu-LISA Management Board meets in Strasbourg Management Board meets in Strasbourg21/06/2022 21:00:00<p style="text-align:left;">​<span>T</span><span>he Management Board of the European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (eu-LISA) held its 36</span><span>th</span><span> meeting on 22-23 June 2022. The meeting was organised in Strasbourg under the auspices of the French Presidency of the Council of the EU to emphasize the close cooperation of eu-LISA with the EU Member States. The Management Board meeting was opened by the Director of the European and International Affairs in the French Minister of the Interior, </span> <span> <strong>Jean Mafart</strong></span><span>.</span></p><p style="text-align:left;">During the two-day meeting, the Management Board discussed the implementation of the Entry/Exit System (<a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=d983433c-0865-4de1-a0ae-1df1a0b7e4c0&TermSetId=8b33697b-07fc-4f3b-b28b-4f6a7829532a&TermId=56003343-9125-4827-8e02-afb4c3c159f4">EES</a>), the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (<a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=d983433c-0865-4de1-a0ae-1df1a0b7e4c0&TermSetId=8b33697b-07fc-4f3b-b28b-4f6a7829532a&TermId=75f9f384-e09f-4ec7-8b4f-4603886aaa27">ETIAS</a>), <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=d983433c-0865-4de1-a0ae-1df1a0b7e4c0&TermSetId=8b33697b-07fc-4f3b-b28b-4f6a7829532a&TermId=2765a765-3305-4890-b34a-ef51a1397d41">Interoperability</a> between the IT systems as well as the implementation of the European Criminal Records Information System for Third Country Nationals (<a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=d983433c-0865-4de1-a0ae-1df1a0b7e4c0&TermSetId=8b33697b-07fc-4f3b-b28b-4f6a7829532a&TermId=20357fff-ac72-4cbc-b2e2-0967c1104544">ECRIS-TCN</a>). The Management Board got an overview of the ongoing work on the Schengen Information System (<a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=d983433c-0865-4de1-a0ae-1df1a0b7e4c0&TermSetId=8b33697b-07fc-4f3b-b28b-4f6a7829532a&TermId=0c24cba7-423a-422d-b919-24d1150c6e1e">SIS</a>) recast, the preparations for the Visa Information System (<a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=d983433c-0865-4de1-a0ae-1df1a0b7e4c0&TermSetId=8b33697b-07fc-4f3b-b28b-4f6a7829532a&TermId=ae5f72bb-f65e-43ba-a286-309a3d763850">VIS</a>) recast and the status of the European Asylum Dactyloscopy Database (<a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=d983433c-0865-4de1-a0ae-1df1a0b7e4c0&TermSetId=8b33697b-07fc-4f3b-b28b-4f6a7829532a&TermId=c4f2f182-b3fb-4c5d-b569-0275e6a04efd">Eurodac</a>).</p><p style="text-align:left;">eu-LISA's Management Board also adopted the Consolidated Annual Activity Report 2021 and discussed the future evolution and governance model of the Agency.</p><p style="text-align:left;">In addition, the board members got an overview of the priorities of the upcoming Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU which will start on 1 July 2022.</p><p style="text-align:left;"> <strong>The Management Board meeting also marked the 10th year of eu-LISA's activity.</strong> </p><p style="text-align:left;">The Chair of the Management Board <strong>Zsolt Szolnoki</strong>: <span class="ms-rteStyle-Quote">"It is a great personal honour for me to greet the 10th anniversary of the Agency as the Chairman of the Board. I have been very fortunate to be able to follow the evolution of the Agency from a small organisation to a mid-size EU Agency. Today, eu-LISA plays an excellent and crucial role as the digital border guard of Schengen while managing one of the largest and most complex interoperability programmes of the EU. On behalf of the board, I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the Agency over the past 10 years, for their work. Especially the Executive Director Krum Garkov who has been building this Agency from the very beginning and will hand over a strong and valuable organisation later this year."</span> </p><p style="text-align:left;">The Executive Director of eu-LISA <strong>Krum Garkov</strong>: <span class="ms-rteStyle-Quote">"The story of eu-LISA so far in many respects is a story about turning the digital technologies from a commodity into political priority and turning them into service of the European citizens. Our organisation, our services, our people have tremendously matured through those ten years. Today, we are stronger, more competent and more resilient than ever before. But this is not the end of the journey for the Agency and I am convinced that in the years to come eu-LISA will continue to grow and reinvent itself. I have no doubts that eu-LISA will continue to be on the forefront of digital transformation in the EU and will continuously extend its contribution to the efforts of the Member States to keep Europe open, strong and secure."</span><br></p><p style="text-align:left;"> <span class="ms-rteForeColor-3">►</span><a href="">The video of the ten year milestones and achievements of eu-LISA</a><br><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/20220622-EU-LISA_MB%20familiy%20photo.jpg" alt="" style="max-width:90%;" /> <br> </p><p style="text-align:left;"> <br> </p><br>
eu-LISA Industry Roundtable Focuses on Identity Management Industry Roundtable Focuses on Identity Management15/06/2022 21:00:00<p style="text-align:left;">​The 15th edition of the <a href="">eu-LISA Industry Roundtable</a>, "Biometric Technologies in Identity Management and Verification", takes place in Strasbourg on 16 June 2022. Organised in cooperation with the <a href="">French Presidency of the Council of the EU</a>, the event will feature examples of  biometric technologies in identity management and verification, in the context of the large-scale IT systems developed and operated by eu-LISA.</p><p style="text-align:left;">Participants will share and discuss experiences and best practices as well as technologies addressing the capability gaps in identity verification at external border crossing points, as well as solutions that allow for effective and efficient identity management.</p><p style="text-align:left;">"Biometric recognition used in sub-optimal conditions, identity management as a service, system interoperability and big data management – I think there is a topic of interest for just about everyone in our stakeholder community", says eu-LISA Executive Director<strong> Krum Garkov</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:left;">Border crossing points are the focal point of attention for the upcoming launch of the <a href="">Entry/Exit System</a> (EES), which will increase automation at border controls and strengthen internal security. The system will replace the current practice of manual stamping of passports with electronic registration in a database of biographic and biometric information, helping EU Member States to handle traveller flows and carry out better monitoring of authorised stays and possible over-stayers.</p><p style="text-align:left;">When eu-LISA set out on its journey to develop the EES, one of the obstacles was ensuring that the quality of biometric data acquisition was up to standards – this was particularly difficult at land borders, where border guards encounter a wide range of vehicles (cars, lorries, trains), but also extreme weather or poor lighting, explains Garkov.</p><p style="text-align:left;">"Three years have passed since we tackled these challenges in a previous edition of the eu-LISA Industry Roundtable. During this time, eu-LISA has made significant progress in the development of the EES, while Member State authorities have moved closer to upgrading their border crossing points to ensure all qualitative criteria are met", he adds.</p><p style="text-align:left;">On behalf of the French Presidency of the Council of the EU, Jérôme Letier, Director of Digital, Ministry of Interior of France, stated: "One of our biggest challenges today is to ensure that Member States can benefit from the most efficient technologies depending on their own particularities in terms of identify management, both at border crossing points and during public security missions. Therefore, we must make sure that the devices used by national authorities are continuously adapted to technological evolutions".</p><p style="text-align:left;">The eu-LISA Industry Roundtable aims to bring together industry representatives, Member State authorities and EU institutions, providing a forum for eu-LISA stakeholders to exchange views on the development of novel technologies, legislative requirements and business processes. Presenters and speakers will include representatives of the European Commission, the United States Customs and Border Protection, the United States Office of Biometric Identity Management, the German Federal Office for Information Security, the Ministry of Interior of France, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, eu-LISA and industry.</p><p style="text-align:left;">The next edition of the eu-LISA Industry Roundtable will take place online in autumn 2022. <br></p><h2>Background Information<br></h2><p style="text-align:left;">The European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (eu-LISA), was established in 2011 as a long-term solution to the management of large-scale information systems in the European JHA landscape, that became operational, de facto, in 2012. Today, it is at the forefront of Europe's information-driven border management and internal security, providing the expertise needed to manage and develop Justice and Home Affairs large-scale IT systems and their respective communication infrastructure, on a 24/7 basis. The headquarters of eu-LISA are in Tallinn (Estonia), operational management is carried out in Strasbourg (France) and a backup site is located in Sankt Johann im Pongau (Austria). The Agency also has a liaison office in Brussels (Belgium).</p><p style="text-align:left;">The Agency has a proud history of hosting and running events targeted at industry that have focused on solutions and proposals aimed at facilitating and advancing the technical aspects of eu-LISA's core business. Starting in 2014 with close to 50 participants, the event has grown both in size and scope over the years with more than 330 representatives of national authorities, EU institutions, industry, academia and NGOs registered for the current edition.<br></p><h2>Further Reading</h2><ul><li>Download the press release: <a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Documents/eu-LISA%20Industry%20Roundtable%20June%202022%20Press%20Release_FR.pdf">FR</a></li><li><a href="">French Presidency of the Council of the EU Website</a><br></li><li><a href="">eu-LISA Industry Roundtable Website</a></li><li><a href="">eu-LISA's Core Activities</a></li></ul><p style="text-align:left;"><strong><br>Contact</strong><br><a href=""></a><br>+372 605 2267<br><a href="/AboutUs/DP/Documents/eu-LISA%20Events%20Privacy%20Notice.pd"></a></p>
CEPOL and eu-LISA renew efforts to share knowledge and best practices and eu-LISA renew efforts to share knowledge and best practices 13/06/2022 21:00:00<p>The European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL) and The European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (eu-LISA) signed yesterday a Cooperation Plan for 2022-2024, renewing and reinforcing their close collaboration that has spanned nearly a decade, for the next three years. </p><p>Both EU Agencies agreed to share knowledge, expertise and best practices in the field of training, exchange of information and expertise, data protection, policy coordination, communication, and administrative matters. The Agencies will continue bilateral cooperation by organising joint onsite and online training sessions and by providing trainers with relevant expertise to one another's training courses. The Agreement concerns, inter alia, joint training activities on <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=d983433c-0865-4de1-a0ae-1df1a0b7e4c0&TermSetId=8b33697b-07fc-4f3b-b28b-4f6a7829532a&TermId=0c24cba7-423a-422d-b919-24d1150c6e1e">SIS</a> (the Schengen Information System) and <a href="">SIRENE</a> (the supplementary information exchange between main national SIS desks), <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=d983433c-0865-4de1-a0ae-1df1a0b7e4c0&TermSetId=8b33697b-07fc-4f3b-b28b-4f6a7829532a&TermId=56003343-9125-4827-8e02-afb4c3c159f4">EES</a> (the Entry/Exit System), <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=d983433c-0865-4de1-a0ae-1df1a0b7e4c0&TermSetId=8b33697b-07fc-4f3b-b28b-4f6a7829532a&TermId=75f9f384-e09f-4ec7-8b4f-4603886aaa27">ETIAS</a> (the European Travel Information and Authorisation System), as well as <a href="">EMPACT</a> (the European Multidisciplinary Platform Against Criminal Threats) related training activities.<br></p><p>Moreover, CEPOL and eu-LISA will continue working together on establishing a comprehensive training approach for the upcoming large-scale IT systems. The Agencies intend to use more specific training tools such as simulators, demos and videos on various technical and operational matters for EU Member States' training, as well as provide training courses on processes and new technologies, before and after the entry into operation of each new large-scale IT system. <br></p><p>CEPOL Executive Director <strong>Montserrat Marín López</strong> stated: 'CEPOL is looking forward to continue working more closely with eu-LISA in the upcoming years, to share knowledge and expertise, in order to offer specialised training activities to law enforcement officials on the topic of large-scale IT systems, a crucial element for successful cross-border cooperation'. 'We would also like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation to our sister agency, for their constant cooperation and support within the scope of the CEPOL Knowledge Centre on Interoperability', she added. <br></p><p>"The enhanced cooperation between our Agencies will contribute to developing further the joint training activities to support EU Member States and other EU Agencies in the implementation and operation of the existing and new large-scale IT systems," said eu-LISA Executive Director <strong>Krum Garkov</strong>.</p><p>Furthermore, CEPOL and eu-LISA cooperate closely within the <a href="">Justice and Home Affairs Agencies Network (JHAAN)</a>, both being part of the first Trio Presidency of the network for the period 2022-2024. CEPOL currently holds the presidency of the network, to be followed by the EU Agency for Asylum (EUAA) in 2023, and eu-LISA in 2024.<br></p><h2>Background</h2><p>The European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (eu-LISA), was established in 2011 as a long-term solution to the management of large-scale information systems in the area of freedom, security and justice, that became operational in 2012. Today, it is at the forefront of Europe's information-driven border management and internal security, providing the expertise needed to manage and develop JHA large-scale IT systems and their respective communication infrastructure, on a 24/7 basis. The headquarters of eu-LISA are in Tallinn (Estonia), operational management is carried out in Strasbourg (France) and a backup site is located in Sankt Johann im Pongau (Austria). The Agency also has a liaison office in Brussels (Belgium).<br></p><p><a href="">CEPOL</a> is the European Union Agency dedicated to develop, implement and coordinate training for law enforcement officials. CEPOL contributes to a safer Europe by facilitating cooperation and knowledge sharing among law enforcement officials of the EU Member States and some third countries. CEPOL constantly strives to offer innovative and advanced training activities by integrating relevant developments in knowledge, research and technology and by creating synergies through strengthened cooperation with its partners.<br></p>