Let us all celebrate European values us all celebrate European values09/05/2022 05:00:00<p>eu-LISA is celebrating Europe Day on 9 May in Tallinn's Freedom Square, together with the <a href="">European Commission Representation in Estonia</a>. </p><p>It is the day when all Europeans look back and ahead to the journey of the European Union and its people towards solidarity, freedom and justice for all. It is the day on which we rejoice over our common European values.</p><p>"I recalled today what I said last year. A year ago, there were two words that immediately came to mind: 'Hope' and 'Trust'. Right now, we cannot but think yet again about these two words. Today they stand out even more clearly, however, in an entirely different context. </p><p>We hope that peace will return to the continent and we work hard to assure trust in the power of European values, which make us show solidarity towards the Ukrainian people, response to violence and support to those in need," said <strong>Krum Garkov</strong>, Executive Director of eu-LISA.</p><p>"eu-LISA, which is instrumental in handling the pressure being exerted on EU external borders at the moment, is doing its part by building the digital future of Europe. 2022 has been declared the European Year of Youth, and, as we all know, young people are the future. We are helping to build a secure and stable future for ourselves, but mostly for them. Together with the EU community and the Member States we can rely not only on hope but even more on our strength, which we must have in order to do the hard work of keeping the digital heart of Schengen healthy," he concluded. </p><p>Under the overarching theme of 2022, the <a target="_blank" href="">European Year of Youth</a>, the celebrations will target mostly students, who will be able to participate in the "My Europe" orienteering game in six Estonian cities. Students – as well as all other Estonians wishing to participate – can do so through the <a target="_blank" href="">Navicup app</a>, which will display a map of the city they are currently in, with checkpoints they have to reach and where they will answer quiz-style questions regarding the European Union. The competition allows users to choose from four trail options, and eu-LISA will be featured on the digital trail.</p><p>The Agency's own <a target="_blank" href="">online quiz</a> challenges players to test their knowledge on topics regarding how the Schengen Area and the EU work, and how eu-LISA does its part in ensuring free movement and safe travel across Europe.</p><p>The EU institutions invite people to a wide range of online and on-site activities across the EU Member States, as well as in the homes of the EU institutions in Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg. Information of what is happening across the EU can be found on the <a target="_blank" href="">Europe Day 2022 website</a>.</p><p>Each year, eu-LISA also takes part in the EU Institutions' joint social media campaigns for Europe Day, relaying key messages on our website and social media channels, to promote the EU Agencies' joint efforts in serving EU citizens. Be sure to keep an eye on our social media channels for updates: <a target="_blank" href="">Twitter</a>, <a target="_blank" href="">LinkedIn</a>, <a target="_blank" href="">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Let us all celebrate Europe Day and European values!<br></p><p> <br> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/20220509_sm.jpg" alt="" style="max-width:85%;" /></p><br>
Register Now for the eu-LISA Industry Roundtable June 2022 Now for the eu-LISA Industry Roundtable June 202228/04/2022 08:00:00<p>On <strong>16 June 2022</strong>, 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 15<sup>th</sup> Industry Roundtable – <strong>Biometric Technologies in Identity Management and Verification</strong>.</p><p> </p><p> <a target="_blank" href=""><strong>Registration</strong></a><strong> is now open!</strong></p><p> <br></p><p>Organised in a hybrid format in cooperation with the <a target="_blank" href=""> <strong>French Presidency</strong></a> of the Council of the EU, the event will focus on technologies addressing capability gaps in identity verification at external border crossing points (in particular land and sea), and technologies and approaches supporting the implementation of effective identity management processes.</p><p>The first part of the Industry Roundtable will focus on the relevant business processes, technologies and equipment that facilitate processing of third country nationals crossing Schengen borders in the most efficient and effective way possible. In particular, industry presentations will focus on recent developments in biometric recognition devices that may be used in sub-optimal conditions (weather, lighting, movement) for passengers arriving at sea ports (including small ones), in private vehicles and lorries, as well as on moving trains. Industry presentations may address the challenges faced through both technological and process means.</p><p>The second part will focus on identity management as a service. Specifically, the following areas will be addressed: biometrics-based identity management; system interoperability in identity management; big data management and data management strategies in the context of identity management. Furthermore, this part of the roundtable may include presentations of novel approaches in identity management, including self-sovereign and decentralised identity.</p><p> </p><p>The eu-LISA Industry Roundtable aims to bring together representatives of the industry, Member States' authorities and EU institutions; providing a forum for eu-LISA stakeholders to exchange views on developments of different technologies. Participants are expected to present and discuss industry solutions and business processes addressing the specific challenges and capability gaps in identity management and verification.</p><p>The registration form, as well as preliminary info on the agenda and speakers available on our regularly updated dedicated website: <a target="_blank" href=""> <strong></strong></a>.<br></p><p> <br> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><a target="_blank" href=""><img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/ir202206_reg.jpg" alt="" style="max-width:75%;" /></a></p><br>
Bi-weekly awareness sessions for carriers awareness sessions for carriers05/04/2022 21:00:00<p>​eu-LISA invites all air, sea and land carriers to join the Agency’s online bi-weekly Q&A sessions aimed at addressing questions linked to the implementation of EES and ETIAS. Awareness sessions are open to all carriers and service providers and will be regularly held until the beginning of July 2022. No prior registration is needed to attend. <br></p><p>Carriers that transport people to the Schengen Area need, as soon as possible, to register with eu-LISA in order to be prepared to query the EES and ETIAS systems to verify the pre-authorisation of travellers. Registration enables carriers to receive all the information necessary for the preparation of their respective systems and the business processes required to consult the EU IT systems. <strong class="ms-rteStyle-Accent1">Details about the registration requirements, as well as different options and step-by-step instructions, are published on the </strong><a href=""><strong class="ms-rteStyle-Accent1">Carrier Registration webpage.</strong></a></p><h2>Upcoming Awareness Sessions<br></h2><p></p><table border="0"><tbody><tr><td>06 April</td><td>15:00 – 16:00 CET</td></tr><tr><td>20 April</td><td>15:00 – 16:00 CET</td></tr><tr><td>04 May</td><td>15:00 – 16:00 CET</td></tr><tr><td>18 May</td><td>15:00 – 16:00 CET</td></tr><tr><td>01 June</td><td>15:00 – 16:00 CET</td></tr><tr><td>15 June</td><td>15:00 – 16:00 CET</td></tr><tr><td>06 July</td><td>15:00 – 16:00 CET</td></tr></tbody></table><br>Access to the awareness sessions is available on each of the days and times listed above through the following link: <a href="">Microsoft Teams</a>.<br> <p></p><h2>Background<br></h2><div><p>From autumn 2022, all carriers will need to electronically verify whether a third country national travelling to the Schengen Area, carrying a single or a double entry visa, has already used the number of entries authorised by their visa. Carriers will no longer be able to manually verify visas after the entry into operation of EES. </p><p>Furthermore, from May 2023, carriers will have to verify the status of passenger travel documents required to enter the Schengen Area, including the necessity to hold a valid ETIAS travel authorisation, prior to boarding.</p><p><a href="">EES</a>, the Entry/Exit System, replaces the manual stamping of passports with an electronic record of entries and exits, and carriers will verify if a third-country national travelling to the Schengen Area with a short-stay, single or double entry visa has already used the number of entries authorised by their visa. For ETIAS, the European Travel Information and Authorisation System, carriers will have to verify, prior to boarding, that their visa-exempt passengers have a valid travel authorisation.</p><p>eu-LISA, the European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale Information Systems in the area of Freedom, Security and Justice, is developing the EES and ETIAS systems and will manage them from a technical stand point too. The Agency is also responsible for the creation of a public website and a mobile app for the <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> applications, on which applicants will also be able to check the status of their application.<br></p></div>
Annual meeting with Justice and Home Affairs Counsellors held online meeting with Justice and Home Affairs Counsellors held online05/04/2022 15:00:00<p>On 5 April 2022, eu-LISA hosted its annual meeting with the Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Counsellors and other stakeholders. </p><p>Executive Director, <strong>Mr Krum Garkov welcomed Counsellors on the occasion of eu-LISA's 10<sup>th</sup> Anniversary</strong> and thanked them for good cooperation over the years. Management briefed the Counsellors on the Agency's ongoing activities and projects as well as the developments ahead.</p><p><strong>eu-LISA is progressing well with the development and operational management of the new EU border management and internal security systems</strong>, EES (the Entry/Exit System), ETIAS (the European Travel Information Authorisation System) and the interoperability framework, in spite of the challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and shortages in supply chains. In addition, the evolution of SIS (the Schengen Information System), VIS (the Visa Information System) and Eurodac (the European Asylum Dactyloscopy Database) continues according to the plans. </p><p>At the meeting, <strong>eu-LISA's fundamental role in the implementation of the EU Security Union Strategy 2020-2025 was discussed</strong>. The development of new large-scale IT systems and their interoperability architecture, places eu-LISA in the middle of the development of the EU's new security ecosystem. The Agency is enhancing its capabilities in the area of cybersecurity and continues to take part in the EU's priorities such as the fight against serious and organised crime within EMPACT (The European Multidisciplinary Platform Against Criminal Threats). In the future, eu-LISA's role is expected to increase with responsibilities under Prüm II and the revised API Directive (Advance Passenger Information), amongst others. Through these initiatives, through research and innovation, and by accelerating a digital transformation in the justice and home affairs domain overall, eu-LISA is working at the core of building a 'Strong European Security ecosystem' – a key pillar of the Security Union Strategy.</p><p>Since 2020, <strong>eu-LISA has been contributing to the digitalisation of the justice domain</strong>, most notably with regard to ECRIS-RI (The European Criminal Records Information System Reference Implementation) and ECRIS-TCN. In the coming years, <strong>the Agency will further expand its contribution to justice by continuing the development and maintenance of e-CODEX</strong> and proposed developments and the management of the Joint Investigation Teams collaboration platform, amongst other initiatives.</p><p><strong>One of the important topics discussed at the meeting was the Agency's activities in the field of research and innovation</strong>. In 2021, the eVisa Prototype Project was completed to demonstrate the feasibility of an EU online visa application platform. Within the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, the Agency supported DG HOME in its activities connected to the Community of European Research and Innovation for Security (CERIS). Furthermore, several actions were undertaken to advance towards practical implementation of Artificial Intelligence (AI). eu-LISA has also actively been involved in the work of the EU Innovation Hub for Internal Security -  an initiative launched in 2020 by the Council's Standing Committee on Operational Cooperation (COSI), under the coordination of Europol.<br></p><p><br></p>