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eu-LISA and Eurojust Consolidate Their Cooperation in the Justice Domainhttps://www.eulisa.europa.eu/Newsroom/PressRelease/Pages/eu-LISA-and-Eurojust-Consolidate-Their-Cooperation-in-the-Justice-Domain.aspxeu-LISA and Eurojust Consolidate Their Cooperation in the Justice Domain11/10/2021 11:00:00<p style="text-align:justify;"></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Establishing access for </strong><a href="https://www.eurojust.europa.eu/"><strong>Eurojust</strong></a><strong> to </strong><a href="/"><strong>eu-LISA</strong></a><strong>'s new large-scale IT system ECRIS-TCN, as well as the </strong><a href="/Activities/Interoperability"><strong>Interoperability</strong></a><strong> architecture that will strengthen the Justice and Home Affairs domain, is the foundation of the three-year </strong><a href="/PartnersStakeholders/Documents/CP_Eurojust-eu-LISA.pdf"><strong>Cooperation Plan</strong></a><strong> signed today by eu-LISA Executive Director Krum Garkov and Eurojust President Ladislav Hamran. It also covers future cooperation in the context of the Digital Criminal Justice initiative and e-CODEX, a cross-border judicial tool that will be managed by eu-LISA </strong><a href="/Newsroom/News/Pages/eu-LISA-Extends-its-Portfolio-with-a-New-Large-Scale-IT-System.aspx"><strong>starting 2023</strong></a><strong>. The plan outlines detailed practical modalities of mutual support between the two Agencies.</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Eurojust President Mr. Ladislav Hamran said: <em>"Digitalisation requires cooperation, and Eurojust warmly welcomes the opportunity to join forces with eu-LISA on the important topics addressed in this Cooperation Plan. I am certain that it will prove to be a decisive next step in our shared efforts to bring cross-border judicial cooperation up to the standards of the 21st century."</em></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mr. Krum Garkov, Executive Director of eu-LISA, stated: <em>"Quick and efficient exchange of judicial information is paramount for the future development of the Schengen Area and of the European Union. The Cooperation Plan we sign today – which builds upon the foundation of our long-standing collaboration agreement set up in 2017 – will facilitate both Agencies' efforts in accelerating the digital transformation we are all a part of, and in increasing our contribution to the Member States, with the ultimate goal of providing tangible benefits for EU citizens. We look forward to consolidating our partnership with Eurojust."</em></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="/Activities/Large-Scale-It-Systems/Ecris-Tcn">ECRIS-TCN</a> (European Criminal Records Information System – Third Country Nationals) will be a new, centralised, hit/ no-hit large-scale IT system to supplement the existing EU criminal records database (ECRIS) on non-EU nationals convicted in the European Union. As outlined in the Cooperation Plan, Eurojust will be able to query ECRIS-TCN for identifying the Member States holding criminal records information on a third-country national. Efficient exchange of criminal records information is instrumental in combating cross-border crime. ECRIS-TCN will contribute to implementing the principle of mutual recognition of sentences and judicial decisions in a common area of justice and security where people move freely, such as the Schengen Area.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Digital Criminal Justice initiative consists of a number of concrete measures aimed at further modernising cross-border judicial cooperation in criminal matters. It is one of Eurojust's key priorities and will help to minimise errors caused by the manual handling of data and overcome limitations in the sharing of evidence. As a result, links between existing cases will be identified faster and more efficiently, thereby strengthening the EU's efforts in the fight against organised crime and terrorism. Considering eu-LISA's expertise in the field of large-scale IT systems, cooperation between both agencies on Digital Criminal Justice could be hugely beneficial.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://www.e-codex.eu/">e-CODEX</a> aims to improve the efficiency of cross-border communication between European judicial authorities and facilitate access to justice for citizens and businesses. As part of eu-LISA's growing role in the justice domain, the Agency is set to take over operational management of the system as of 1 July 2023.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Cooperation Plan implements in practice the modalities of cooperation set forth in the Eurojust and eu-LISA <a href="/PartnersStakeholders/Documents/MoU_Eurojust_eu-LISA.pdf">Memorandum of Understanding</a> signed in 2017. While the Memorandum of Understanding remains the overarching framework for the two Agencies' collaboration, the Cooperation Plan aims to outline specific actions in more detail, with a view to effectively and efficiently implementation specific actions, enabling eu-LISA and Eurojust to further enhance synergies in the Justice and Home Affairs area.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Eurojust and eu-LISA have also agreed to share expertise and knowledge on ICT-related matters, as well on research priorities and findings. Furthermore, the Agencies may consult each other and exchange know-how on the use of artificial intelligence.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Cooperation Plan also defines principles when it comes to the consultation on strategic and planning documents, the planning and implementing of technical trainings related to SIS, ECRIS-TCN and e-CODEX, and the exchange of lessons learnt in the area of personal data protection, including security by design, data protection by design and by default.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/Newsroom/PressRelease/PublishingImages/20211011.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong><br></strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong><strong style="text-align:justify;">Background</strong></strong><strong style="background-color:rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);"><br></strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (eu-LISA)</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="/Activities/Interoperability">eu-LISA</a> 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 style="text-align:justify;"><strong>European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation (Eurojust)</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">As the EU's hub for judicial cooperation, <a href="https://www.eurojust.europa.eu/">Eurojust</a> delivers hands-on support to national authorities by promoting the exchange of information, developing prosecutorial strategies, facilitating the use of judicial cooperation tools, and implementing joint actions. Together with the Member States and an extensive network of international partners, Eurojust is making Europe a safer place for all of its citizens.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Further Reading</strong></p><ul><li>eu-LISA - Eurojust <a href="/PartnersStakeholders/Documents/CP_Eurojust-eu-LISA.pdf">Cooperation Plan 2021-2023</a></li><li>eu-LISA – Eurojust <a href="/PartnersStakeholders/Documents/MoU_Eurojust_eu-LISA.pdf">Memorandum of Understanding</a></li><li><a href="https://discover.eulisa.europa.eu/">Discover eu-LISA</a></li><li><a href="https://www.eurojust.europa.eu/about-us/eurojust-virtual-tour">Eurojust Virtual Tour</a></li><li><a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Documents/Eurojust-eu-LISA-Cooperation-Plan.pdf">Press Release</a> in PDF format<br></li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p>
eu-LISA - Interoperability as the Essential Building Block for Digital Resiliencehttps://www.eulisa.europa.eu/Newsroom/PressRelease/Pages/eu-LISA---Interoperability-as-the-Essential-Building-Block-for-Digital-Resilience.aspxeu-LISA - Interoperability as the Essential Building Block for Digital Resilience26/11/2020 09:20:00<p style="text-align:justify;">Today, <a href="/">eu-LISA</a> hosts its 7<sup>th</sup> Annual Conference <strong><em>"Interoperability - Building Digital Resilience for the EU Justice and Home Affairs Community"</em></strong>. The conference is<strong> </strong>organised in cooperation with the <a href="https://www.eu2020.de/eu2020-en">German Presidency</a> of the Council of the European Union and aims to tackle the top priority issues regarding digitalisation in EU justice and home affairs. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The focus of the fully digital conference is set on the paradigm shift introduced by interoperability while also reflecting on aspects of its technical implementation. The conference aims, on one hand, to explore how the JHA community can benefit from an enhanced focus on innovation & technology and, on the other hand, to touch upon the potential influence of innovation and the latest technological solutions to policy-making at EU and national levels. Possible implications from 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 form another set of questions for discussions and reflections.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The conferences is honoured by <strong>Commissioner JOHANSSON's </strong>keynote statement, emphasising that eu-LISA together with the national counterparts in all EU Member States are the backbone of the Schengen Area, making the most cherished right of Europeans, freedom of movement, possible.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><em> </em></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><em>"Digital transformation is one of the building blocks of NextGenerationEU and eu-LISA is the Agency delivering the necessary digital platforms, to justice and home affairs communities, that provide tangible benefits for EU citizens, enabling the practical implementation of one of their fundamental rights –freedom of movement. We can be successful if we, all those engaged in these communities, see this as our common goal and work jointly to achieve it. It is therefore a great privilege for eu-LISA to organise this year's annual conference, with the German Presidency, and through common efforts reach a remarkable blend of stakeholder communities from all across Europe. At this conference we will discuss with EU policy makers, national experts and partners the 'new normality' we are all living in and how interoperability strengthens the digital resilience and the challenges we need to consider on our way to NextGenerationEU. With this exchange we build our common success", </em>emphasised <strong>Krum GARKOV, Executive Director of eu-LISA. </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Background</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>eu-LISA Annual Conferences </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Agency has established a solid tradition of organising annual conferences targeted at EU and national level stakeholders and experts. These conferences have grown in scope and partnerships over the years. eu-LISA is proud to have organised several annual conferences in partnership with countries holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The very first conference, with less than 100 participants, has grown and in 2020 counts over 500 registered participants. The 2020 conference, affected by COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, takes place entirely online. </p><p> <br></p><p><strong>Links:</strong></p><p>Conference website:           <a href="https://eulisaconference.eu/">https://eulisaconference.eu</a></p><p>Speakers:                              <a href="https://www.eulisaconference.eu/speakers">https://www.eulisaconference.eu/speakers</a></p><p>Twitter:                                  <a href="https://twitter.com/euLISAconf">https://twitter.com/euLISAconf</a></p><p><em>Hashtags : #IO4EU</em> <em>• #eulisaconference</em></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Contact:</strong></p><p><a href="mailto:press@eulisa.europa.eu">press@eulisa.europa.eu</a><br></p><p><br></p><p><img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/20200918.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:786px;" /><br></p><p><br></p>
eu-LISA 25th Management Board meeting wraps up 2020 and looks to 2021https://www.eulisa.europa.eu/Newsroom/PressRelease/Pages/eu-LISA-25th-Management-Board-meeting-wraps-up-2020-and-looks-to-2021.aspxeu-LISA 25th Management Board meeting wraps up 2020 and looks to 202124/11/2020 09:30:00<p style="text-align:justify;">On Tuesday 24 November 2020, the Management Board of eu-LISA holds its <span style="text-align:justify;">25</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">th</sup> meeting. It is now the 3<sup>rd</sup> time that the Board's meeting is held fully online due to the special working arrangements adopted due to COVID-19 related restrictions.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Board will adopt the Agency's Single Programming Document for 2021 to 2023, outlining all the programme - and project-based activities that eu-LISA is to perform to meet its strategic goals. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Two days prior the eu-LISA Annual Conference on interoperability and digital resilience, the Board will focus on several aspects of the Interoperability Programme, one of the Agency's key priorities, and discuss progress  in the Member States as well as the updated schedule, impacted by the COVID-19 pandemics,  for the development of the new systems .</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Board will also get an overview of the effects of the pandemics on the Agency's activities and a status update on eu-LISA's re-entry plan, regarding its staff working at the Agency's different geographic locations across Europe.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">eu-LISA  is well on track with all the tasks and responsibilities related to building the new IT architecture for the justice and  home affairs domain and this is one of the main messages given at the meeting of the principle stakeholders of eu-LISA.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p><strong>Background</strong></p><p><strong><br></strong></p><p><strong>About eu-LISA's Management Board</strong></p><p>The MB is the highest governance body of the Agency and is composed of one representative from each participating Member State and two European Commission representatives. The board has regularly convened since March 2012 to monitor the progress of the establishment of the Agency and ensure high-level performance.</p><p><strong>About eu-LISA</strong></p><p>The European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (eu-LISA) was established in 2011 in order to provide a long-term solution for EU internal security and to support the implementation of asylum, migration and border management policies. 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>The headquarters of eu-LISA are in Tallinn, Estonia, whilst its operational centre is in Strasbourg, France. The Agency also has a technical business continuity site based in Sankt Johann im Pongau, Austria and a Liaison Office in Brussels, Belgium.</p><p><br></p><p>Website:               <a href="https://eulisa.europa.eu/">https://eulisa.europa.eu/</a></p><p>Social media:        <a href="https://twitter.com/EULISA_agency">Twitter</a>; <a href="https://www.facebook.com/agencyeulisa/">Facebook</a>; <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/company/eu-lisa">LinkedIn</a>; <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGAXymjo8D1kXESrcbGqRKw">YouTube</a><br></p><p>Contact:                <a href="mailto:press@eulisa.europa.eu">press@eulisa.europa.eu</a><br></p><p><br></p>
FRA and eu-LISA: we cooperate to prepare a better futurehttps://www.eulisa.europa.eu/Newsroom/PressRelease/Pages/FRA-and-eu-LISA-we-cooperate-to-prepare-a-better-future.aspxFRA and eu-LISA: we cooperate to prepare a better future11/11/2020 22:00:00<p>​<span style="background-color:rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);">Common goals are the foundation for cooperation between eu-LISA and FRA for the benefit of citizens who gain from innovative technologies as much as from ensured respect for fundamental rights and data protection. Today, within the framework of the working arrangement in force since 2016, the two Agencies signed a multiannual Cooperation Plan, which sets out activities that will provide benefits through joint actions.</span></p><p>eu-LISA and FRA will exchange information and expertise including the fundamental rights' implications on the interoperability architecture and collaborate to incorporate fundamental rights by design into the process of setting up interoperability of the EU large-scale IT systems.  The cooperation plan for 2020-2022 also includes close cooperation in training and awareness raising for EU Member States and countries associated with the IT systems under eu-LISA responsibility.</p><p>"Using our past collaboration as the foundations on which to extend our cooperation in the years to come is beneficial to us and Europe as a whole. Supporting one another in areas where our competencies differ and pooling our know-how together for the benefit of other EU Institutions is an opportunity we must build on.</p><p>The respect of civil rights and data protection is paramount in the proper operational management of the IT systems entrusted to eu-LISA. We look forward to deepening our common efforts with FRA to ensures that data handling is performed in the most secure and protected ways possible and that fundamental rights are never overlooked.</p><p>The challenges that the ongoing digital transformation in the EU faces are numerous. One of the biggest of them is about trust. Trust is fundamental if the European Union is to reach its goals. Showing citizens that their rights are protected as technology progresses is an important step on the way to making Europe a safer place to live and work. eu-LISA and FRA are 100% committed to making it happen together!" says Krum Garkov, Executive Director of eu-LISA.</p><p>It is in the common interest of both Agencies to promote and share activities with their stakeholders and the general public in order to provide increased visibility and further improve awareness of their respective responsibilities and joint successes. For this reason, the cooperation plan not only includes core-activity related plans but also communication and information sharing as an important business area for joint actions. </p><p>It is the aim of the Agencies to show that citizens' rights are protected as technology progresses on the way to making Europe a safer place to live and work.  Working in cooperation will make it more efficient to achieve this goal.</p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Background:</strong></p><p><strong>European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice</strong></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>The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights</strong></p><p>The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) is the EU's centre of fundamental human rights expertise. It provides expert advice to the EU institutions and its Member States on a range of issues. In doing so the FRA helps ensure that the fundamental rights of people living in the EU are protected. The Agency collects data on a wide range of fundamental rights, conducts research and analysis, provides independent advice to policymakers, networks with human rights stakeholders from the local to international level, and raises awareness of fundamental rights in the EU. The FRA is based in Vienna, Austria.</p><p><strong><br></strong></p><p><strong>Links: </strong></p><ul><li><a href="https://eulisa.europa.eu/">eulisa.europa.eu</a>                         – eu-LISA Corporate Website</li><li><a href="https://discover.eulisa.europa.eu/">discover.eulisa.europa.eu</a>           – eu-LISA Interactive Awareness-Package</li><li><a href="https://fra.europa.eu/">fra.europa.eu</a>                              – FRA Corporate Website<br></li></ul><p><strong>Contacts: </strong></p><p><a href="mailto:press@eulisa.europa.eu">press@eulisa.europa.eu</a><br></p>