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Annual meeting of the EU Innovation Hub: research and innovation making a difference for citizens’ securityhttps://www.eulisa.europa.eu/Newsroom/PressRelease/Pages/Annual-meeting-of-the-EU-Innovation-Hub---research-and-innovation-making-a-difference-for-citizens’-security.aspxAnnual meeting of the EU Innovation Hub: research and innovation making a difference for citizens’ security14/09/2022 08:00:00<p style="text-align:justify;">On 13-14 September, the EU Innovation Hub for Internal Security held its Annual Event in Brussels, organised in cooperation with the <a href="https://home-affairs.ec.europa.eu/networks/ceris-community-european-research-and-innovation-security_en">Community of European Research and Innovation for Security</a> (CERIS). Representatives of EU institutions and agencies were joined by research and technology organisations, internal security practitioners from EU Member States, and academic experts in the security field. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Under the theme "Shaping responsible solutions for internal security", this year's Annual Event focused on the need to develop effective security solutions while at the same time meeting citizens' expectations in terms of privacy, transparency and accountability. The discussions focused on encryption and AI (the Hub's priorities for 2022), with presentations from a range of government, research and technology organisations. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Annual Event also provided an opportunity for mapping key innovation projects and stakeholders, as requested by the <a href="https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/council-eu/preparatory-bodies/standing-committee-operational-cooperation-internal-security/">Standing Committee on Internal Security</a> (COSI). This mapping will help to shape the Hub's priorities for the future. Participants left the event with a clearer understanding of how to translate research projects into real operational impact.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The EU Innovation Hub for Internal Security is a collaborative network of innovation labs, which are dedicated teams working in EU bodies to explore the application of new technologies. Innovation labs provide their respective agencies with technical updates and new solutions in fields including justice, border security, immigration, asylum and law enforcement. The Annual Event serves as a chance to review the Hub's work, showcase innovative projects and set priorities for the future.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Deputy Executive Director of eu-LISA, <strong>Luca Tagliaretti</strong>, said: "The EU Innovation Hub already demonstrates the value of inter-institutional collaboration. However, we must not stop here. To be truly successful, we should ensure that the Hub brings new ideas and initiatives that go beyond what we already do or plan to do as individual entities today, focusing on strategic priorities with a significant cross-sectoral component where collaboration brings clear added value. eu-LISA has been a committed member of the Innovation Hub since its beginning and strongly believes in the mission of the Hub and its potential role of bringing the innovation actors together, during the Annual Event and on regular basis."  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Technological innovation is particularly relevant for those responsible for the EU's internal security. Criminals are increasingly leveraging the benefits of modern technology, such as encryption and cryptocurrency platforms, within their malicious activities. The work of innovation labs is therefore a key pillar in ensuring law enforcement can stay one step ahead in the field of internal security. Therefore, the cooperation between all Hub Members and bringing the academia, legislators, Member States Authorities and project leader and exchanging ideas during events like the Innovation Hub Annual Event is so crucial.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Further information</strong></p><ul><li><a href="https://www.europol.europa.eu/operations-services-innovation/innovation-lab/eu-innovation-hub-for-internal-security">The EU Innovation Hub for Internal Security</a><br></li></ul><div><br></div><div><img src="/Newsroom/PressRelease/PublishingImages/20220914_eu_inno_hub.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></div><div style="text-align:center;"><img src="/Newsroom/PressRelease/PublishingImages/20220914_eu_inno_lt1.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></div><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/Newsroom/PressRelease/PublishingImages/20220914_eu_inno_lt2.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p>
eu-LISA Industry Roundtable Focuses on Identity Managementhttps://www.eulisa.europa.eu/Newsroom/PressRelease/Pages/eu-LISA-Industry-Roundtable-Focuses-on-Identity-Management.aspxeu-LISA Industry Roundtable Focuses on Identity Management15/06/2022 21:00:00<p style="text-align:left;">​The 15th edition of the <a href="https://www.eulisaroundtable.eu/">eu-LISA Industry Roundtable</a>, "Biometric Technologies in Identity Management and Verification", takes place in Strasbourg on 16 June 2022. Organised in cooperation with the <a href="https://presidence-francaise.consilium.europa.eu/en/">French Presidency of the Council of the EU</a>, the event will feature examples of  biometric technologies in identity management and verification, in the context of the large-scale IT systems developed and operated by eu-LISA.</p><p style="text-align:left;">Participants will share and discuss experiences and best practices as well as technologies addressing the capability gaps in identity verification at external border crossing points, as well as solutions that allow for effective and efficient identity management.</p><p style="text-align:left;">"Biometric recognition used in sub-optimal conditions, identity management as a service, system interoperability and big data management – I think there is a topic of interest for just about everyone in our stakeholder community", says eu-LISA Executive Director<strong> Krum Garkov</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:left;">Border crossing points are the focal point of attention for the upcoming launch of the <a href="https://eulisa.europa.eu/Activities/Large-Scale-It-Systems/EES">Entry/Exit System</a> (EES), which will increase automation at border controls and strengthen internal security. The system will replace the current practice of manual stamping of passports with electronic registration in a database of biographic and biometric information, helping EU Member States to handle traveller flows and carry out better monitoring of authorised stays and possible over-stayers.</p><p style="text-align:left;">When eu-LISA set out on its journey to develop the EES, one of the obstacles was ensuring that the quality of biometric data acquisition was up to standards – this was particularly difficult at land borders, where border guards encounter a wide range of vehicles (cars, lorries, trains), but also extreme weather or poor lighting, explains Garkov.</p><p style="text-align:left;">"Three years have passed since we tackled these challenges in a previous edition of the eu-LISA Industry Roundtable. During this time, eu-LISA has made significant progress in the development of the EES, while Member State authorities have moved closer to upgrading their border crossing points to ensure all qualitative criteria are met", he adds.</p><p style="text-align:left;">On behalf of the French Presidency of the Council of the EU, Jérôme Letier, Director of Digital, Ministry of Interior of France, stated: "One of our biggest challenges today is to ensure that Member States can benefit from the most efficient technologies depending on their own particularities in terms of identify management, both at border crossing points and during public security missions. Therefore, we must make sure that the devices used by national authorities are continuously adapted to technological evolutions".</p><p style="text-align:left;">The eu-LISA Industry Roundtable aims to bring together industry representatives, Member State authorities and EU institutions, providing a forum for eu-LISA stakeholders to exchange views on the development of novel technologies, legislative requirements and business processes. Presenters and speakers will include representatives of the European Commission, the United States Customs and Border Protection, the United States Office of Biometric Identity Management, the German Federal Office for Information Security, the Ministry of Interior of France, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, eu-LISA and industry.</p><p style="text-align:left;">The next edition of the eu-LISA Industry Roundtable will take place online in autumn 2022. <br></p><h2>Background Information<br></h2><p style="text-align:left;">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 as a long-term solution to the management of large-scale information systems in the European JHA landscape, that became operational, de facto, in 2012. Today, it is at the forefront of Europe's information-driven border management and internal security, providing the expertise needed to manage and develop Justice and Home Affairs large-scale IT systems and their respective communication infrastructure, on a 24/7 basis. The headquarters of eu-LISA are in Tallinn (Estonia), operational management is carried out in Strasbourg (France) and a backup site is located in Sankt Johann im Pongau (Austria). The Agency also has a liaison office in Brussels (Belgium).</p><p style="text-align:left;">The Agency has a proud history of hosting and running events targeted at industry that have focused on solutions and proposals aimed at facilitating and advancing the technical aspects of eu-LISA's core business. Starting in 2014 with close to 50 participants, the event has grown both in size and scope over the years with more than 330 representatives of national authorities, EU institutions, industry, academia and NGOs registered for the current edition.<br></p><h2>Further Reading</h2><ul><li>Download the press release: <a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Documents/eu-LISA%20Industry%20Roundtable%20June%202022%20Press%20Release_FR.pdf">FR</a></li><li><a href="https://presidence-francaise.consilium.europa.eu/en/presidency/the-presidency-of-the-council-of-the-european-union/">French Presidency of the Council of the EU Website</a><br></li><li><a href="https://www.eulisaroundtable.eu/">eu-LISA Industry Roundtable Website</a></li><li><a href="https://discover.eulisa.europa.eu/">eu-LISA's Core Activities</a></li></ul><p style="text-align:left;"><strong><br>Contact</strong><br><a href="mailto:press@eulisa.europa.eu">press@eulisa.europa.eu</a><br>+372 605 2267<br><a href="/AboutUs/DP/Documents/eu-LISA%20Events%20Privacy%20Notice.pd">eulisa.europa.eu</a></p>
CEPOL and eu-LISA renew efforts to share knowledge and best practices https://www.eulisa.europa.eu/Newsroom/PressRelease/Pages/CEPOL-and-eu-LISA-renew-efforts-to-share-knowledge-and-best-practices-.aspxCEPOL and eu-LISA renew efforts to share knowledge and best practices 13/06/2022 21:00:00<p>The European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL) and The European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (eu-LISA) signed yesterday a Cooperation Plan for 2022-2024, renewing and reinforcing their close collaboration that has spanned nearly a decade, for the next three years. </p><p>Both EU Agencies agreed to share knowledge, expertise and best practices in the field of training, exchange of information and expertise, data protection, policy coordination, communication, and administrative matters. The Agencies will continue bilateral cooperation by organising joint onsite and online training sessions and by providing trainers with relevant expertise to one another's training courses. The Agreement concerns, inter alia, joint training activities on <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=d983433c-0865-4de1-a0ae-1df1a0b7e4c0&TermSetId=8b33697b-07fc-4f3b-b28b-4f6a7829532a&TermId=0c24cba7-423a-422d-b919-24d1150c6e1e">SIS</a> (the Schengen Information System) and <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/policies/schengen-borders-and-visa/schengen-information-system/sirene-cooperation_en">SIRENE</a> (the supplementary information exchange between main national SIS desks), <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=d983433c-0865-4de1-a0ae-1df1a0b7e4c0&TermSetId=8b33697b-07fc-4f3b-b28b-4f6a7829532a&TermId=56003343-9125-4827-8e02-afb4c3c159f4">EES</a> (the Entry/Exit System), <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> (the European Travel Information and Authorisation System), as well as <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/policies/law-enforcement-cooperation/operational-cooperation/empact-fighting-crime-together_en">EMPACT</a> (the European Multidisciplinary Platform Against Criminal Threats) related training activities.<br></p><p>Moreover, CEPOL and eu-LISA will continue working together on establishing a comprehensive training approach for the upcoming large-scale IT systems. The Agencies intend to use more specific training tools such as simulators, demos and videos on various technical and operational matters for EU Member States' training, as well as provide training courses on processes and new technologies, before and after the entry into operation of each new large-scale IT system. <br></p><p>CEPOL Executive Director <strong>Montserrat Marín López</strong> stated: 'CEPOL is looking forward to continue working more closely with eu-LISA in the upcoming years, to share knowledge and expertise, in order to offer specialised training activities to law enforcement officials on the topic of large-scale IT systems, a crucial element for successful cross-border cooperation'. 'We would also like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation to our sister agency, for their constant cooperation and support within the scope of the CEPOL Knowledge Centre on Interoperability', she added. <br></p><p>"The enhanced cooperation between our Agencies will contribute to developing further the joint training activities to support EU Member States and other EU Agencies in the implementation and operation of the existing and new large-scale IT systems," said eu-LISA Executive Director <strong>Krum Garkov</strong>.</p><p>Furthermore, CEPOL and eu-LISA cooperate closely within the <a href="https://www.cepol.europa.eu/who-we-are/partners-and-stakeholders/national-training-institutions/jha-agencies-network">Justice and Home Affairs Agencies Network (JHAAN)</a>, both being part of the first Trio Presidency of the network for the period 2022-2024. CEPOL currently holds the presidency of the network, to be followed by the EU Agency for Asylum (EUAA) in 2023, and eu-LISA in 2024.<br></p><h2>Background</h2><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 as a long-term solution to the management of large-scale information systems in the area of freedom, security and justice, that became operational in 2012. Today, it is at the forefront of Europe's information-driven border management and internal security, providing the expertise needed to manage and develop JHA large-scale IT systems and their respective communication infrastructure, on a 24/7 basis. The headquarters of eu-LISA are in Tallinn (Estonia), operational management is carried out in Strasbourg (France) and a backup site is located in Sankt Johann im Pongau (Austria). The Agency also has a liaison office in Brussels (Belgium).<br></p><p><a href="https://www.cepol.europa.eu/">CEPOL</a> is the European Union Agency dedicated to develop, implement and coordinate training for law enforcement officials. CEPOL contributes to a safer Europe by facilitating cooperation and knowledge sharing among law enforcement officials of the EU Member States and some third countries. CEPOL constantly strives to offer innovative and advanced training activities by integrating relevant developments in knowledge, research and technology and by creating synergies through strengthened cooperation with its partners.<br></p>
Commissioner Johansson visits eu-LISAhttps://www.eulisa.europa.eu/Newsroom/PressRelease/Pages/Commissioner-Johansson-visits-eu-LISA.aspxCommissioner Johansson visits eu-LISA20/03/2022 22:00:00<p>The EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, visited eu-LISA's Headquarters in Tallinn on 21 March 2022.</p><p>During her visit, the Commissioner met with the management of eu-LISA and discussed the Agency's priorities for 2022, as well as eu-LISA's role in supporting the implementation of EU internal security policy. On the digital transformation of the home affairs domain, eu-LISA presented an overview of the implementation of the new information architecture for border management and the interoperability framework.</p><p>Importantly, discussions also focused on the impact of Russia's invasion of Ukraine on the Visa Information System (VIS), the Schengen Information System (SIS) and Eurodac, which is used to handle EU asylum applications.</p><p>In video-conference with the Agency's personnel, <strong>Commissioner Johansson</strong> stated "<em>eu-LISA keeps the current Schengen Information System, Visa Information System and the Eurodac systems for fingerprints, running smoothly. The Agency is there to help the EU as a whole to develop inter-connected and modern IT systems that deliver effective border control.</em></p><p><em>Since Russia's brutal invasion of Ukraine, eu-LISA has been vigilantly monitoring for cyber threats and maintains readiness.</em></p><p><em>Both are onerous task, but I am confident eu-LISA will keep delivering</em>".</p><p>"<em>It is our pleasure to welcome you here today, even if the mood is not a celebratory one. We stand in full solidarity with Ukraine and commend the bravery and resilience of its people. At eu-LISA, we are doing everything we can to ensure the full availability and efficiency of the EU's border management systems. This helps EU Member States to successfully address the challenges posed by the increase in migration caused by the attack on Ukraine. As Ukrainian people flee their homes, it is admirable to see European citizens welcome them into theirs. It must not be an easy journey, and all of us here at eu-LISA endeavour to make the border crossing process as smooth as possible with the systems that we provide. We stand by and will continue to support the EU, its Member States, and the Ukrainian people, in managing the effects of this terrible war,</em>" said eu-LISA <strong>Executive Director Krum Garkov</strong>.</p><p>They agreed to continue efforts towards the rollout of the future information architecture and doing their utmost in collaborating with EU bodies to find a peaceful resolution to the ongoing war in Ukraine.<br></p><h2>Background information</h2><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 as a long-term solution to the management of large-scale information systems in the area of freedom, security and justice, that became operational de facto in 2012. Today, it is at the forefront of Europe's information-driven border management and internal security, providing the expertise needed to manage and develop JHA large-scale IT systems and their respective communication infrastructure, on a 24/7 basis. The headquarters of eu-LISA are in Tallinn (Estonia), operational management is carried out in Strasbourg (France) and a backup site is located in Sankt Johann im Pongau (Austria). The Agency also has a liaison office in Brussels (Belgium).</p><h2>Further details<br></h2><p>Download the Press Release: <a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Documents/eu-LISA%20PR%20-%20Commissioner%20Johansson%20visits%20eu-LISA%20-%20EN.pdf">EN</a>, <a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Documents/eu-LISA%20PR%20-%20Commissioner%20Johansson%20visits%20eu-LISA%20-%20ET.pdf">ET</a><br></p><p>Contact</p><p><a href="mailto:press@eulisa.europa.eu">press@eulisa.europa.eu</a></p><p> +372 605 2267</p><p><a href="/">https://www.eulisa.europa.eu/</a><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p>