A Fresh Start on Migration - EC Proposes New Approach Fresh Start on Migration - EC Proposes New Approach23/09/2020 14:25:00<p>Today, the European Commission proposed a new Pact on Migration and Asylum, covering all of the different elements needed for a comprehensive European approach to migration. It sets out improved and faster procedures throughout the asylum and migration system as well as a balance in the principles of fair sharing of responsibility and solidarity. This is crucial for rebuilding trust between Member States and confidence in the capacity of the European Union to manage migration.</p><p>Following extensive consultations and an honest and holistic assessment of the situation, the Commission proposes to improve the overall system. This includes looking at ways of improving cooperation with the countries of origin and transit, ensuring effective procedures, successful integration of refugees and return of those with no right to stay. No single solution on migration can satisfy all sides, on all aspects – but by working together, the EU can find a common solution.</p><p>Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, said: "<em>Migration has always been and always will be part of our societies. What we are proposing today will build a long-term migration policy that can translate European values into practical management.</em><em>  </em><em>This set of proposals will mean clear, fair and faster border procedures, so that people do not have to wait in limbo. It means enhanced cooperation with third countries for fast returns, more legal pathways and strong actions to fight human smugglers. Fundamentally it protects the right to seek asylum</em>".</p><p><strong>Stronger trust fostered by better and more effective procedures</strong></p><p>The first pillar of the Commission's approach to building confidence consists of more efficient and faster procedures. In particular, the Commission is proposing to introduce an integrated border procedure, which for the first time includes a pre-entry screening covering identification of all people crossing the EU's external borders without permission or having been disembarked after a search and rescue operation.</p><p>This will also entail a health and a security check, fingerprinting and registration in the Eurodac database. After the screening, individuals can be channeled to the right procedure, be it at the border for certain categories of applicants or in a normal asylum procedure. As part of this border procedure, swift decisions on asylum or return will be made, providing quick certainty for people whose cases can be examined rapidly.</p><p><strong>Further Readings:</strong></p><ul><li>European Commission <a href="">Press Release</a></li><li>Webpage: <a href="">New Pact on Migration and Asylum</a></li><li>Pact on Migr<span style="background-color:rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);">ation and Asylum: </span><a href="" style="background-color:rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);">Legislative Documentation</a></li></ul><p><br></p>
Save the Date - eu-LISA Annual Conference 2020 the Date - eu-LISA Annual Conference 202017/09/2020 21:00:00<p style="text-align:justify;">On 26 November 2020, eu-LISA will host its 7<sup>th</sup> Annual Conference <strong><em>"Interoperability - Building Digital Resilience for the EU Justice and Home Affairs Community"</em></strong>, organised in cooperation with the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">This year's event will be <strong>entirely </strong><strong>digital</strong>. We anticipate the live broadcast via a dedicated virtual platform will reach an even broader audience, while facilitating the same level of interaction as a physical conference - participants being able to ask questions, comment, participate in polls and network.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The event focusses on the paradigm shift introduced by interoperability, one of the EU Justice and Home Affairs community's top priorities, while also reflecting on some aspects pertaining to technical implementation. Furthermore, possible implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on the acceleration of digital transformation, as well as benefits and possibilities for the law enforcement sector stemming from the new information architecture will also be discussed.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Further information regarding the agenda, registration and the online participation platform will soon be available on our dedicated conference website.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Keep checking back for all the latest on <strong style="text-align:justify;"><em>"Interoperability - Building Digital Resilience for the EU Justice and Home Affairs Community"</em></strong><br></p><p>Join our #IO4EU debate on 26 November 2020!<br></p><p> <br> </p><p style="text-align:center;"> <img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/20200918.jpg" alt="" style="max-width:75%;" /> </p><p style="text-align:center;"> <em>#IO4EU #eulisaconference #EU2020DE #ASaferEurope</em></p>
Navigating out of the Pandemic towards a Stronger, Digital Europe,-Digital-Europe.aspxNavigating out of the Pandemic towards a Stronger, Digital Europe16/09/2020 11:15:00<p>Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, delivered her 2020 State of the Union address on 16 September. The speech was followed by a plenary debate with members of the European Parliament.</p><p>Going green and going digital for a healthy Europe was the main theme of the event. The President outlined her vision for a Europe that emerges stronger from the pandemic and leads the way towards new vitality. "<em>This is our opportunity to make change happen by design – not by disaster or by diktat from others in the world. To emerge stronger by creating opportunities for the world of tomorrow and not just building contingencies for the world of yesterday</em>", she stated.</p><p>The main focus points on the EU's agenda are:</p><ul><li>Protecting lives in Europe - building a stronger European Health Union, setting up an agency for advanced biomedical R&D, a framework for minimum wages, stabilising the economy by authorising over 3 trillion euro to support companies and the industry;</li><li>Reinforcing the European Green Deal in an attempt to become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050;</li><li>Digitalisation - building a European cloud service, a common secure European e-identity, but also connecting rural areas to broadband and investing 8 billion euro in the next generation of supercomputers;</li><li>Continuing to rally global response as the world awaits an accessible, affordable and safe vaccine against COVID-19;</li><li>Responding more assertively to global events and deepening relations with EU's partners;</li><li>Taking a new approach to migration - as next week the Commission will put forward its New Pact on Migration, aiming to curb discrimination and racism.</li></ul><p>The upcoming new Pact on Migration is of particular interest to eu-LISA and its stakeholders as the current and future IT systems run by the Agency can have a positive impact and provide lasting support to Member States as they handle migration and asylum matters.</p><p>Each September, the EC President delivers the State of the Union address (SOTEU) before the European Parliament, taking stock of achievements of the past year and presenting priorities for the year ahead. The EU agencies' network holds a joint social media campaign on this occasion. Follow the #SOTEU and #EUAgencies hashtags to discover more.<br></p><p><br></p><p><strong>Further information</strong>:<br></p><ul><li><a href="">von der Leyen's Speech</a> (video & text)</li><li><a href="">Press release</a><br></li></ul><p><br></p>
eu-LISA and EASO Sign a Three-Year Cooperation Plan and EASO Sign a Three-Year Cooperation Plan14/09/2020 21:00:00<p>Collaboration is a major factor in ensuring border and asylum management as well as internal security for Europe and its citizens. eu-LISA and EASO have had a formal Working Arrangement in place to support one another across all business areas they have in common since 2014. Within the framework of this agreement, the two European Union Agencies have signed a multiannual <a href="/PartnersStakeholders/Documents/CP_EASO_eu-LISA.pdf">Cooperation Plan</a>, which sets out actions and activities that will enhance the cooperation and highlight the results of both parties from 2020 to 2022.</p><p>Core business areas such as border, migration and asylum management, which are of vital importance to both agencies, constitute the principal areas of cooperation. However, these are not the only topics covered in the plan. Transversal or horizontal services such as Research and Development, Business Continuity, Data Protection and Communication are all foreseen as domains in which the agencies can provide one another with advice on best practices and support. Examples of some of the specific planned actions are the sharing of expertise in the field of training for Member States and jointly developing recommendations, digital brochures, as well as practical guides on the operational use of asylum-related IT systems. </p><p><em> </em><em>"Digital transformation has become an essential part of our lives. It influences every aspect of people's daily activities in Europe and globally. Today, we are more connected than ever and exchange enormous amounts of information. At the same time, the challenges that Europe faces in the area of asylum and migration are very complex. Their very nature suggests that to develop a comprehensive and timely response, close cooperation, pooling of expertise and information sharing are required. In this respect, the Cooperation Plan between eu-LISA and EASO, signed today, will facilitate the efforts of both agencies to increase their contribution to the Member States and to the EU as a whole", </em>noted Krum Garkov, Executive Director of eu-LISA. </p><p>Since its inception, eu-LISA has established many working arrangements with its partners, aiming to provide expertise and know-how to fellow Agencies within the JHA domain and also to benefit from the knowledge and experience of others. A full list of these can be found at <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=d983433c-0865-4de1-a0ae-1df1a0b7e4c0&TermSetId=8b33697b-07fc-4f3b-b28b-4f6a7829532a&TermId=21f7274f-8f20-4db8-8ad1-d3746feda41e"></a>.<br></p><p><br></p><p><img src="" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:786px;" /><br></p><p><strong><br></strong></p><p><strong>Background:</strong></p><p><strong style="background-color:rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);">eu-LISA -</strong><span style="background-color:rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);"> </span><strong style="background-color:rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);">European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice</strong><br></p><p>eu-LISA was established in 2011 in order to provide a long-term solution for IT-driven internal security and to support the implementation of asylum, migration and border management policies in Europe. Since then, eu-LISA has run Eurodac, SIS and VIS and has been providing Member State authorities with the expert training needed to help them with the constant exchange of information across Europe. Thanks to the trust eu-LISA has fostered over the years, we are now developing EES, ETIAS and ECRIS-TCN and ensuring interoperability between all six IT-systems, in order to take EU internal security and border management to the next level.</p><p><strong>EASO - </strong><strong>European Asylum Support Office</strong></p><p>EASO is an important actor of European solidarity and plays a key role in the implementation of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS), fostering greater cooperation with and between Member States and providing the necessary support in order to translate into practice the core values of the CEAS, equity and fairness, and to ensure that individual asylum cases are dealt with in a coherent way by all Member States.<br></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Links: </strong></p><p><a href=""></a> – eu-LISA Corporate Website</p><p><a href=""></a> – eu-LISA Interactive Awareness-Package</p><p><a href=""></a> – EASO Corporate Website<br></p><p> <br></p><p><strong>Contacts: </strong></p><p><a href=""></a><br></p><p><br></p>