Regarding COVID-19 COVID-1916/03/2020 10:30:00<div>eu-LISA applies all precautionary measures in line with EU Commission and National Authorities’ recommendations and instructions, to take care of its staff at all the sites of the Agency.</div><div><br></div><div>eu-LISA remains fully operational and core business delivery is unaffected.<br></div><p><br></p>
Commission Establishes the Corona Response Team Establishes the Corona Response Team03/03/2020 13:30:00<p style="text-align:justify;">The European Commission has set up a response team that aims to address the new coronavirus COVID-19 situation on all major work streams affected by the outbreak. European Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, will be in charge of border-related issues. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">A dedicated webpage containing the latest updates and other relevant information regarding topics such as mobility, civil protection and medical information amongst others is available on the <a href="">European Commission's website</a>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The role of the response team is mainly to support Member States in addressing the situation and providing recommendations on a common course of action.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">eu-LISA is closely monitoring the situation and is in contact with national health authorities, ready to implement any recommendations and to assist Member States as needed.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Further Reading</strong></p><ul><li>Dedicated <a href="">webpage</a>: European Commission Coronavirus Response</li><li>Dedicated <a href="">webpage</a>: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control COVID-19</li><li>Dedicated <a href="">webpage</a>: World Health Organisation Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak</li><li><a href="">Press conference</a> on the EU's response to COVID-19</li><li>Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson's <a href="">intervention</a><br></li></ul><p><br></p>
Commission presents strategies for data and Artificial Intelligence presents strategies for data and Artificial Intelligence19/02/2020 14:00:00<p><span lang="EN-GB">Today, the Commission unveils its </span><span lang="EN-US"><a href=""><span lang="EN-GB">ideas and actions</span></a></span><span lang="EN-GB"> for a digital transformation that works for all, reflecting the best of Europe: open, fair, diverse, democratic and confident. It presents a European society powered by digital solutions that put people first, opens up new opportunities for businesses, and boosts the development of trustworthy technology to foster an open and democratic society and a vibrant and sustainable economy. Digital is a key enabler to fighting climate change and achieving the green transition. The European </span><span lang="EN-US"><a href=""><span lang="EN-GB">data strategy</span></a></span><span lang="EN-GB"> and the policy options to ensure the human-centric development of </span><span lang="EN-US"><a href=""><span lang="EN-GB">Artificial Intelligence</span></a></span><span lang="EN-GB"> (AI) presented today are the first steps towards achieving these goals.</span></p><p><span lang="EN-GB">The President of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said: “<em>Today we are presenting our ambition to shape Europe's digital future. It covers everything from cybersecurity to critical infrastructures, digital education to skills, democracy to media. I want that digital Europe reflects the best of Europe – open, fair, diverse, democratic, and confident.</em>”</span></p><h2>Europe as a leader in trustworthy Artificial Intelligence</h2><p><span lang="EN-GB">Europe has all it needs to become a world leader in Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems that can be safely used and applied. We have excellent research centres, secure digital systems and a robust position in robotics as well as competitive manufacturing and services sectors, spanning from automotive to energy, from healthcare to agriculture. </span></p><p><span lang="EN-GB">In its </span><span lang="EN-US"><a href=""><span lang="EN-GB">White Paper</span></a></span><span lang="EN-GB"> presented today, the Commission envisages a framework for trustworthy Artificial Intelligence, based on excellence and trust. In partnership with the private and the public sector, the aim is to mobilise resources along the entire value chain and to create the right incentives to accelerate deployment of AI, including by smaller and medium-sized enterprises. This includes working with Member States and the research community, to attract and keep talent. As AI systems can be complex and bear significant risks in certain contexts, building trust is essential. Clear rules need to address high-risk AI systems without putting too much burden on less risky ones. Strict EU rules for consumer protection, to address unfair commercial practices and to protect personal data and privacy, continue to apply.</span></p><p><span lang="EN-GB">For high-risk cases, such as in health, policing, or transport, AI systems should be transparent, traceable and guarantee human oversight. Authorities should be able to test and certify the data used by algorithms as they check cosmetics, cars or toys. Unbiased data is needed to train high-risk systems to perform properly, and to ensure respect of fundamental rights, in particular non-discrimination. While today, the use of facial recognition for remote biometric identification is generally prohibited and can only be used in exceptional, duly justified and proportionate cases, subject to safeguards and based of EU or national law, the Commission wants to launch a broad debate about which circumstances, if any, might justify such exceptions.</span></p><p><span lang="EN-GB">Read the full Press Release here:</span></p><p></p><a href=""><p><span lang="EN-GB">Shaping Europe's digital future: Commission presents strategies for data and Artificial Intelligence</span></p></a><p><span lang="EN-GB"><br></span></p><p><span lang="EN-GB"><br></span></p>
LIBE Committee visits Operational Site Committee visits Operational Site12/02/2020 17:00:00<p>A delegation of 10 MEPs from the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), and their respective secretariat, visited eu-LISA's Operational site in Strasbourg, France on 11/02/2020.</p><p>After being welcomed to the site by the Agency's Executive Director, Krum Garkov, the delegation were given a guided tour of the operator/server rooms and the helpdesk. Mr Garkov explained, "What you see here might seem very technical, but eu-LISA is not just a technical Agency. eu-LISA is the engine of Schengen".</p><p>The visit continued with presentations in the main meeting room during which both parties shared their views on a variety of subjects. MEP Caterina Chinnici, LIBE, recognised the high importance of eu-LISA's work as it allows for free movement, which is becoming growingly important. "It is crucial for MEPS to know the work of the Agency and see it first-hand so that we can support you", she said.</p><p>Topics covered in the presentations included, amongst others:</p><ul><li>The state of play in the evolution of Eurodac, SIS and VIS as well as the ongoing development of EES, ETIAS, ECRIS-TCN and Interoperability</li><li>eu-LISA's reporting and statistics products as well as data quality and protection safeguards within the systems.</li><li>The Agency's role in the new Migration Pact and in the Security Union</li></ul><p>The tour and subsequent discussions proved very fruitful and boosted eu-LISA's constructive relations with the LIBE Committee. Building strong connections with key partners and stakeholders is of utmost importance to the Agency and paramount in successfully delivering Europe's new Justice and Home Affairs IT architecture on time.<br></p><p></p><center> <img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/20200212%20-%20crop%20-%20footer.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-3" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:786px;" /></center> <br> <p></p>