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NCP meeting hosted in Tallinnhttps://www.eulisa.europa.eu/Newsroom/News/Pages/NCP-meeting-hosted-in-Tallinn.aspxNCP meeting hosted in Tallinn23/10/2018 11:00:00 <p><img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/Pages/NCP-group-2018.png" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="" style="margin:5px;" />The annual Member State NCP Network meeting for training related activities took place on 16 October in Tallinn, Estonia. <span><span>Sixteen participants from 13 Member States took part in this highly appreciated event.<br></span></span></p><p><span><span></span></span>The topics covered at the meeting included an introduction to the new and upcoming eu-LISA and large-scale IT systems Regulations, a preview of the 2018 eu-LISA framework and activities, results of the Training Needs Analysis, the Training portfolio for 2019 including the proposal for a new training plan.</p><p>During the meeting, Member states received the results of the Training Needs Analysis Survey and accepted the first draft of the Training Plan for 2019.</p>
Eurodac Training held in Strasbourghttps://www.eulisa.europa.eu/Newsroom/News/Pages/Eurodac-Training-held-in-Strasbourg.aspxEurodac Training held in Strasbourg23/10/2018 09:00:00<p>​On the 5th of October eu-LISA successfully delivered the second training session of the first “eu-LISA Eurodac Development Training Programme for IT Operators (DTPITO)” cycle.</p> <p>This instalment of the 3 course cycle was held at the Agency’s Operation site in Strasbourg, France, as was the Entry Level (L1) part held earlier this year. </p><p>The aim of the training course was to provide a reminder and an update on operational activities, the communication means and the IT Service Management tools with hands-on training.</p><p>The course was targeted at the IT Operators that act as Single Point of Contact (SPoC) for their respective countries with 2-4 years of experience. </p><p><img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/Pages/Eurodac%20L2%20OT.png" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:786px;" /><br></p><p>During the training session the following topics were covered: incident process, request fulfilment process for standard requests, operator manual – highlights and updates, SM9 hands-on incident and standard request management as well as Eurodac statistics and trends. The trainees also had a visit to the eu-LISA Service Desk.</p><p>Nine participants from nine EU Member States were trained in the Intermediate (L2) course. The training session was supported with possibilities for e-learning through the eu-LISA LMS – an online platform for learning management. At the end of the course, the attendees also had the opportunity to take an assessment test to measure the knowledge acquired during the training. The average test score in 2018 for this particular training is 90%. All participants passed with positive results and were awarded a Eurodac Professional eu-LISA certificate. Summed with the certificates from the Entry Level (L1) course, eu-LISA has now granted 19 Eurodac certifications this year.</p><p>The overall course satisfaction rate was 90%. Participants described the trainers as highly engaging and knowledgeable. </p><p>The Eurodac Operational Training Programme for IT Operators will be followed by a training for advanced users (L3) on 29-30 October in Strasbourg, France and by a Train the Trainer course for IT Operators jointly organised with CEPOL on 8-9 November  in Tallinn, Estonia.</p><p><br></p>
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>