Transversal - the new way of procuring at eu-LISA - the new way of procuring at eu-LISA18/10/2019 10:00:00<p>​In the coming period, eu-LISA plans to launch a procurement procedure for “transversal” services related to engineering aspects for the large-scale IT-systems it manages. This call for tenders will address the Agency’s operational needs in relation to the setup, development and evolutions of the European Travel Information Authorisation System (ETIAS), possible future large scale IT systems (e.g. ECRIS-TCN), interoperability elements and evolutions of existing large scale IT systems.<img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/Pages/Transversal%20Procurement.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:470px;height:552px;" /><br></p><p>This approach, which will be a new way of procuring for the Agency, aims to create a framework in which several contractors can work together, following common standards and practices, to create and deliver in an interdependent-systems environment. The collaboration between contractors that ensues from having to set clear responsibilities between themselves and agreeing to shared working methodologies will improve the coherence and transparency of the system deliverables. This will permit an improved management of dependencies and access control between the systems.</p><p>Changing the way in which the Agency procures its technology-related services allows it to better tackle the challenges that derive from a growing, interoperable system landscape. <br></p><p>As depicted in the figure (<a href="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/Pages/Transversal%20Procurement.jpg">download here</a>), the procurement and contractual approach comprises a total of two calls for tender:<br></p><ul><li>The first call for tenders consists of four distinct lots covering engineering aspects (engineering framework). <ul><li>The first lot (generic design and support lot) will cover the high-level design of systems and will assist the Agency with scheduling and quality assurance. Support with and coordination of the integration, training, transition to operations, and maintenance of the systems is also included in this lot; </li><li>The second lot will encompass the detailed design, development and evolution activities (development lots) for the Core Business Systems (CBS) as well as for the shared and reusable components (including interoperability components); </li><li>The third lot will provide infrastructure and platforms; </li><li>The fourth lot (generic testing lot) will address testing across all systems;</li></ul></li><li>The second call for tenders will comprise daily operations and maintenance (except for evolutionary maintenance) across all systems (maintenance framework contract).</li></ul><p>Companies specialised in the above domains, are kindly requested to respond to the calls for tenders.</p> <p>The first call for tenders on Transversal Engineering Framework is planned to be launched in the coming weeks.</p><p>The second call for tenders on Transversal Operations Framework is planned to be launched in the course of 2020.<br></p>
Sixth Annual Conference - a big success! Annual Conference - a big success!17/10/2019 14:00:00<p>eu-LISA hosted its Annual Conference titled "The new information architecture as a driver for efficiency and effectiveness in internal security" on 16/10/2019. For the 6<sup>th</sup> consecutive year, the event took place in Tallinn, Estonia and witnessed an ever increasing participation rate. This conference, organised under the auspices of the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU, drew close to 220 attendees to address the future roles of both current and new IT systems and the overall information ecosystem being created for law enforcement and border management activities.<br></p><p>Keynote speakers included Krum Garkov, Executive Director of eu-LISA, Ilkka Salmi, Permanent Secretary to the Finnish Ministry of the Interior, Matthias Oel, Director for Borders, Interoperability and Innovation at the European Commission and Mart Helme, Estonian Minister of the Interior.</p><p>The Agency's enlarged mandate provides for the development of several new large-scale IT systems – the Entry-Exit System (EES), the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) and the European Criminal Records Information System for Third Country Nationals (ECRIS-TCN) – as well as the implementation of interoperability between them and the pre-existing eu-LISA managed large-scale IT systems. As the Agency embarks on the elaboration of this architecture, working closely with Members States, EU Agencies and the wider stakeholder community, it was a pleasure to see the level of support that eu-LISA has.</p><p>Topics covered in 4 highly interactive panel sessions included:</p><ul><li>The impact of the new information architecture on internal security,</li><li>The effects of digitalisation on the collection and processing of data for law enforcement purposes, </li><li>How will the new information architecture support border and migration management?</li><li>Effects of digitalisation on data analytics and the use of artificial intelligence in the JHA domain.</li></ul><p>Thank you to all participants for your contributions and insights. We look forward to seeing you again soon!<br></p>
Minister of the Interior visits Headquarters of the Interior visits Headquarters03/10/2019 21:00:00<p>eu-LISA's responsibilities in implementing the new architecture for EU IT systems for borders, security and justice were the priority topics of talks held today between Executive Director Krum Garkov and Estonian Minister of the Interior Mart Helme in Tallinn. </p><p>At the meeting, in the in the Agency's Headquarters, the Executive Director of eu-LISA and the Estonian Minister of the Interior discussed ongoing activities related to the development of new and existing large-scale IT systems and the impact the systems, namely Eurodac, SIS, VIS, EES, ETIAS and ECRIS-TCN, will have on European internal security as a whole. </p> <img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/20191004_2.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="" style="max-width:70%;width:429px;height:322px;" /> <p>Krum Garkov elaborated on the plans for a new architecture to accommodate Europe's largest IT systems in the JHA domain. He explained that the foreseen improvements, coupled with Interoperability between the systems themselves, will be a real game changer and place European border management at the forefront of the digital era. Mr Garkov emphasised that the entire process is a joint action, which can only be successful if all the Member States commit to it.  He recognised the dedication with which Estonia always addresses innovative solutions and provides a model for many others to follow. Mr Garkov gave Minister Helme an overview of the Agency's recent restructuring and illustrated the expected benefits to both eu-LISA's core business and the overall management of resources.</p><p>Topics addressed also included the upcoming eu-LISA Annual Conference, to be held in Tallinn on the 16th October, at which Minister Helme will give a keynote speech and the Industry Roundtable the following day.</p><p>During his visit Minister Helme stated "<em>eu-LISA´s headquarters being in Tallinn is of major significance for Estonia as a country with a strong IT-background. Furthermore, the Agency is currently executing one of the biggest and most ambitious projects in the field of EU internal security – the interoperability of European Union information systems for police forces as well as border and migration management. Estonia has emphasized for a long time the importance of breaking the silos between the separate information systems, with an aim to ensure more efficient crime fighting, for instance identity fraud. Today, thanks to eu-LISA and other contributors, we are closer to that goal than ever before.</em>" <br></p> <br>
Second Working Group for Carriers Meeting in Brussels Working Group for Carriers Meeting in Brussels19/09/2019 21:00:00<p>On 20 September 2019, in Brussels, eu-LISA organised the second meeting of the informal Working Group for Carriers, in collaboration with the European Commission (DG HOME).</p><p>The event will facilitate the preparation of carriers for the implementation of their obligations stemming from the legal framework as stated in the Entry/Exit System (<a href="" target="_blank">EES</a>) and the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (<a href="" target="_blank">ETIAS</a>) Regulations.</p><p>The Working Group for Carriers (WG) is an informal coordination body between eu-LISA, the European Commission, Frontex and carrier associations (for carriers operating at air and sea borders, and international carriers transporting groups overland by coach). According to the regulations, carriers will have to query EES and ETIAS and receive answers regarding the status of travellers. EES 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. Once ETIAS enters into operation, carriers will have to verify, prior to boarding, that their visa-exempt passengers have a valid travel authorisation.</p><p>The first WG meeting took place on 4 June 2019. The conclusions thereof are available on our <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=d983433c-0865-4de1-a0ae-1df1a0b7e4c0&TermSetId=8b33697b-07fc-4f3b-b28b-4f6a7829532a&TermId=355c9e82-ec73-4dcb-9b98-341e9360457c">website</a>.<br></p><br>