EU Agencies present first full overview of actions to detect and protect victims of human trafficking Agencies present first full overview of actions to detect and protect victims of human trafficking18/10/2021 08:00:00<p style="text-align:justify;"> <strong>The European Union agencies active in the field of justice and home affairs have presented the first full overview of actions to help victims of trafficking in human beings. The main operational activities are listed in a </strong> <a target="_blank" href=""> <strong>joint report</strong></a><strong> of the Justice and Home Affairs Agencies Network (JHAAN) published today at the occasion of EU Anti-Trafficking Day under the leadership of </strong> <a target="_blank" href=""> <strong>Eurojust</strong></a><strong>. The report is a key building block of the</strong><em><strong> </strong></em> <a target="_blank" href=""> <strong>EU Strategy on combatting Trafficking in Human Beings</strong></a><strong> </strong> <strong>and serves as a key reference document for national authorities engaged in tackling human trafficking.</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Human trafficking is a concept that should not exist in the 21<sup>st</sup> century. Our common response for such appalling crimes must always be zero tolerance. I am confident that, together, the nine JHA Agencies can redouble their efforts in supporting Member States in identifying and, most importantly, protecting victims and potential victims of trafficking", said Krum Garkov, Executive Director of eu-LISA.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">During the Eurojust Presidency of the JHAAN, for the first time, a compendium was made of all different actions taken by <a target="_blank" href="">CEPOL</a>, <a target="_blank" href="">EASO</a>, <a target="_blank" href="">EIGE</a>, <a target="_blank" href="/">eu-LISA</a>, <a target="_blank" href="">Eurojust</a>, <a target="_blank" href="">Europol</a>, <a target="_blank" href="">FRA</a> and <a target="_blank" href="">Frontex</a>, to reach out to victims of human trafficking at all stages of prevention, investigations, operations and legal proceedings. The initiative is a concrete result following the <a target="_blank" href="">Joint Statement</a> of commitment to work together against trafficking in human beings<em>, </em>signed in 2018.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <img src="" alt="" style="float:left;max-height:375px;margin:5px 15px 10px 0px;" />The <a target="_blank" href="">JHAAN report</a> of today aims to make Member States more aware of the Agencies' potential in helping the early identification and protection of victims. Furthermore, it encourages them to cooperate closely with the Agencies involved in this area and to build on their expertise. The report responds to one of the key actions of the EU Strategy on Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings 2021-2025.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The report is the result of a questionnaire sent to all agencies and the outcome of a meeting of JHAAN experts, hosted by Eurojust in June this year. It builds on two important strands in the process of investigating criminal networks involved in human trafficking, namely the early identification of victims and measures and actions for their protection. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">To do its part in identifying and protecting victims of human trafficking, eu-LISA has continued its work on the design and development of existing, but also new existing large-scale IT systems, such as the Entry/Exit System (<a target="_blank" href="/Activities/Large-Scale-It-Systems/EES">EES</a>), the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (<a target="_blank" href="/News-And-Events">ETIAS</a>), and the European Criminal Records System - Third Country Nationals (<a target="_blank" href="/Activities/Large-Scale-It-Systems/Ecris-Tcn">ECRIS-TCN</a>), as well as the interoperability architecture, to ensure that national authorities responsible for border management and security and concerned EU Agencies will have access to the necessary information when and where needed. New functionalities brought by the SIS II Recast will be paramount in the fast, cross-border identification of children and vulnerable people who need to be prevented from travelling, if that travel would put them at risk of becoming victims of trafficking.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">As part of its expanding role in the area of justice, eu-LISA also contributes to the Digital criminal justice initiative, aiming to enhance the necessary technical platforms to improve the exchange of information, and victims' access to justice.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Established in 2010, the Justice and Home Affairs agencies' Network comprises of nine institutions: <a target="_blank" href="">CEPOL</a>, <a target="_blank" href="">EASO</a>, <a target="_blank" href="">EIGE</a>, <a target="_blank" href="">EMCDDA</a>, eu-LISA, <a target="_blank" href="">Eurojust</a>, <a target="_blank" href="">Europol</a>, <a target="_blank" href="">FRA</a> and <a target="_blank" href="">Frontex</a>. Together, they contribute to the implementation of EU's objectives in the fields of migration, asylum and external border management, the fight against serious organised crime, drug trafficking and terrorism, gender equality and respect for fundamental rights.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <strong>Further Reading</strong></p><ul><li> <a target="_blank" href="">Joint report</a> of the JHA agencies' network on the identification and protection of victims of human trafficking</li><ul><li> <a target="_blank" href="">Infographic</a><br><img src="" alt="" style="max-width:85%;" /></li></ul></ul><ul><li> <a target="_blank" href="">JHAAN Coordination and joint actions</a><br></li></ul><p> <br> </p><br>
eu-LISA Hosts the Portuguese Ambassador to Estonia Hosts the Portuguese Ambassador to Estonia29/09/2021 10:30:00<p style="text-align:justify;">On 29 September 2021, eu-LISA had the pleasure of welcoming H.E. Francisco Vaz Patto, Portuguese Ambassador to Estonia at its headquarters in Tallinn.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Following a brief overview of the Agency's activities, the Ambassador, eu-LISA's Executive Director Krum Garkov and Deputy Executive Director Luca Tagliaretti exchanged views on the successful cooperation between the Agency and the <a href="">Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU</a>, as well as eu-LISA's priorities in supporting Member States in the area of justice and home affairs.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In the first semester of 2021, Portugal presided over the Council of the European Union, the fourth time since the debut of the rotating presidencies system in 1992.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Throughout the years, eu-LISA has had strong ties with all the Member States partaking in the rotating EU Presidency system and has made it a tradition to co-organise its flagship events in collaboration with the presiding country. Our latest <a href="">Industry Roundtable</a>, which brought together over 330 participants from 40 countries, benefited from the support of the Portuguese Presidency, and attendees had the opportunity of seeing first-hand a case study in implementing contactless travel at Lisbon airport.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Close cooperation and building strong connections with Member States is of utmost importance to eu-LISA and key in ensuring a timely and successfully delivery of Europe's new Justice and Home Affairs IT architecture.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Between 2015 and 2020, Mr. Vaz Patto was Portugal's Ambassador to Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. At the end of 2020, he was assigned to Portugal Embassy's in Helsinki, which also serves as the liaison office for diplomatic matters with Estonia.<br></p><p> <br> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/20210929.jpg" alt="" style="max-width:75%;border:1px solid #dcddde;" /></p><br><br>
eu-LISA Is Starting Carrier Registration for EES and ETIAS Is Starting Carrier Registration for EES and ETIAS27/09/2021 09:00:00<p>Registration for:</p><ul><li> <a href="">EES</a>, the Entry/Exit System and</li><li><a href="">ETIAS</a>, the European Travel Information and Authorisation System,</li></ul><p>is now available for:</p><ul><li><strong>air carriers,</strong></li><li><strong>sea carriers and</strong></li><li><strong>international carriers transporting groups overland by coach</strong></li></ul><p>through the eu-LISA website, using the following link: <a href=""><strong></strong></a>.</p><p> </p><p>The registration enables carriers to receive all information necessary for the preparation of their respective systems and business processes in order to consult the EU IT systems managed by eu-LISA, as the latter is regulated in the EES and ETIAS legislation.</p><p>According to EU law, specifically Regulations <a target="_blank" href="">2021/1217</a> and <a target="_blank" href="">2021/1224</a>, <strong>carriers are obliged to query the EES and ETIAS systems</strong> to receive answers regarding the status of travellers prior to boarding.</p><ul><li> <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 EU with a short-stay, single or double entry visa has already used the number of entries authorised by their visa. </li><li>For <a href="">ETIAS</a>, 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.</li></ul><p>To find out more information, consult the dedicated <a href="">eu-LISA webpage</a> for:</p><ol><li>step-by-step instructions,</li><li>requirements,</li><li>registration options (currently <strong>"System2System"</strong> is the available and preferred option),</li><li>as well as specific forms that can be downloaded in order to facilitate their registration and future interactions.</li></ol><p>The Forms indicated in step 4 above should be filled in electronically, and sent by e-mail to: <a href=""></a></p><p>An overview of the registration process is presented in the infographic below:<br></p><div><ul class="lightbox-gallery" style="text-align:center;"><li> <a class="lightbox" href="#ig"> <div class="lightbox-img-bg"> <img src="/Organisation/GoverningBodies/PublishingImages/ig_th.jpg" alt="" /> </div> </a> </li></ul><div class="lightbox-target" id="ig"> <img src="/Organisation/GoverningBodies/PublishingImages/Carriers_Registration_Overview.jpg" alt="" /> <a class="lightbox-close" title="Close" href="#">×</a> </div></div><br>
Register Now for eu-LISA’s Annual Conference 2021’s-Annual-Conference-2021.aspxRegister Now for eu-LISA’s Annual Conference 202115/09/2021 08:30:00<p style="text-align:justify;">On 27 October 2021, eu-LISA will host its 8<sup>th</sup> Annual Conference, <strong>"Towards the Digital Schengen Area"</strong>, organised in cooperation with the <a href="" target="_blank">Slovenian Presidency</a> of the Council of the European Union.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;margin:15px auto;"> <strong><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Registration</a> now open</strong>!</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">This year's event, set to take place online, will address questions related to the next generation of the Schengen Area's invisible borders, lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic and take a look at how the new information architecture could support intelligence gathering in order to improve the overall travel experience.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Information architecture means upcoming large-scale IT systems and <a href="">interconnecting</a> both new and existing systems. eu-LISA has been working around the clock to ensure the timely launch of the Entry/Exit System (<a href="">EES</a>) and the European Travel Information Authorisation System (<a href="">ETIAS</a>), which will create a modern digital gateway at European external borders.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Speakers include high-level decision makers from European Institutions and Agencies, as well as from International Organisations and EU Member States.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The <a href="" target="_blank"> <strong>registration form</strong></a>, the agenda, and speaker profiles are available on our regularly updated dedicated website: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. Registration is open until <strong>20 October 2021</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Make sure to reserve your place and join our <strong>#DigitalSchengen</strong> debate on <strong>27 October 2021!</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:center;"> <em>#DigitalSchengen #eulisaconference #EU2021SI #ASaferEurope</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/20211027_ac.jpg" alt="" style="max-width:75%;margin:5px;" /></a></p><br>