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eu-LISA successfully launches SIS II AFIS Phase One successfully launches SIS II AFIS Phase One06/03/2018 06:00:00<p>After a little less than two years of intense efforts, the eu-LISA Internal Security Systems Sector successfully launched the first phase of the SIS II AFIS platform. The platform enables the identification of a person from his/her fingerprints alone.  The introduction of a biometric search capability in SIS II was achieved by eu-LISA in tight cooperation with ten Member States who showed both interest and willingness to use biometric queries once deployed at the Central System level. Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Slovenia will soon be followed by more Member States.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The aim of SIS II AFIS is to allow all the Member States to leverage on a centralized policing-oriented database. As such, it will strengthen the fight against crime within Europe which is a mission we should bear in mind each day. Using the platform to locate those who either lie about their identity or changed it to avoid detection is paramount to Europe's security.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">SIS II AFIS Phase One entered into operation on 5 March 2018 at 22:00 CET. The entire project was performed without any deviation from the timescale and in full compatibility with the requests from eu-LISA's Governing Bodies.</p><p>"This is an important milestone in the evolution of SIS II. With its new biometric search capabilities the system becomes an even more important platform for law-enforcement cooperation and information exchange. At the same time, this is a great achievement for the Agency as a whole, demonstrating again our agility and ability to deliver towards the needs of eu-LISA's stakeholders." said Krum Garkov, Executive Director of eu-LISA.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Background</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Articles 22 (c) of the SIS II Decision and the SIS II Regulation have foreseen an evolution towards the normal law enforcement practice of comparing a person's fingerprints to the many sets of prints stored in SIS II ('one-to-many' search) to identify the person solely on the basis of his/her fingerprints. </p><p>However, this can only be achieved by using an Automatic Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).</p><p><strong>Links</strong></p><ul><li><p><a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">SISII Regulation</span></a></p></li><li><p><a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">SISII Decision</span></a></p></li><li><p><a href="/Publications/Reports/EL-AE-17-001-EN-N.pdf"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">SIS II Technical Report</span></a><br></p></li></ul><p><strong>Contacts</strong></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;padding:0px;font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif;font-size:14px;color:#000000;line-height:1.6;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;letter-spacing:normal;text-align:start;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;background-color:#f4f4f4;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><span style="padding:0px;margin:0px;border:0px none;line-height:1.6;">for media requests:</span></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;padding:0px;font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif;font-size:14px;color:#000000;line-height:1.6;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;letter-spacing:normal;text-align:start;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;background-color:#f4f4f4;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><span lang="fr-BE" style="padding:0px;margin:0px;border:0px none;">e-mail:<span> </span></span><a href="" target="_blank" style="color:#000000;"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link" lang="fr-BE" style="padding:0px;margin:0px;border:0px none;font-size:14px;"></span></a></p><p>for general information:</p><p>e-mail: <a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></a></p>
eu-LISA and ENISA boost cooperation and ENISA boost cooperation10/01/2018 08:50:00<p>The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) and the European Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice (eu-LISA) signed today a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen their cooperation. The signing took place at ENISA’s premises in Athens, Greece.</p><p>Prof. Dr. Udo Helmbrecht, Executive Director of ENISA, said<em>: "We welcome the opportunity to work with eu-LISA and to share our expertise with them. This MoU is another example of EU Agencies sharing resources and working closely together." <img src="/Newsroom/PressRelease/PublishingImages/Pages/eu-LISA%20ENISA%20EDs.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /></em> <br></p><p>"<em>Today we are all part of a digital revolution that deeply changes all aspects of our daily lives. The very nature of the latest technical and cyber solutions require close cooperation, information sharing and the pooling of expertise in order to make the best use of the existing physical information and networks whilst smartly managing modern cyber threats. The working arrangement with ENISA, signed today, helps us to achieve this.</em>" noted Krum Garkov.</p><p></p><p>The MoU, signed by the heads of the two agencies <strong>Krum GARKOV</strong> from eu-LISA and <strong>Udo HELMBRECHT </strong>from ENISA, takes the ongoing successful teamwork between the two agencies to a new level. The formalised cooperation agreement permits to further increase the added value, which derives from the exchange of expertise and best practices between these trusted agencies. </p><p>eu-LISA and ENISA will intensify cooperation in the areas of information security and business continuity, the provision of training for EU Member States and ICT related strategic-administrative matters with the aim to provide the best possible services to the stakeholders of both agencies. </p><p></p><p> <strong>Background:</strong></p><p> <strong></strong></p><p> <strong>The European Agency eu-LISA</strong> manages large-scale information systems in the area of freedom, security and justice. It operates Eurodac, the second generation Schengen Information System (SIS II) and the Visa Information System (VIS). eu-LISA is responsible for keeping the IT systems under its control fully functional in order to allow continuous and uninterrupted exchange of data between national authorities. eu-LISA ensures that it applies the highest level of information security and data protection to the information it is entrusted with.</p><p> <strong>The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA)</strong> is a centre of expertise for cyber security in Europe. ENISA is contributing to a high level of network and information security (NIS) within the European Union, by developing and promoting a culture of NIS in society to assist in the proper functioning of the internal market.</p><p> </p><p> <span lang="FR">Links</span>:</p><p>eu-LISA: <a href="/"> <span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></a></p><p>ENISA:    <a href=""> <span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></a></p><p> <br> </p><p>Contact for eu-LISA:</p><p>for media requests:</p><p> <a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></a></p><p>for general information:</p><p> <a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></a>                                                                                               </p>
Going Digital for a Safe and Secure Europe Digital for a Safe and Secure Europe16/10/2017 07:00:00<p>Digital technologies are driving progress and impact the ways that people meet, socialise, and work. Technologies are fundamental to the modern world by facilitating easier and quicker information exchange, enabling mobility and flexibility and supporting smoother processes without prompt. A worldwide digital transformation is well and truly underway.</p><p>The extent to which modern technology can effect positive change is also evident in the field of Justice and Home Affairs (JHA). Law enforcement, border control and migration management increasingly rely upon modern technological tools to be effective. eu-LISA, the EU Agency responsible for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the JHA domain, is an important stakeholder in this digital transformation. The IT systems that it manages are key enablers for the community, allowing efficient information exchange and provision of accurate and reliable data to those on the operational front line. The Schengen Information System (SIS II), one of these systems, contains almost 75 million alerts that help law enforcement authorities identify people and objects of interest and take immediate action to safeguard citizens' security. The Visa Information System (VIS) enables secure and efficient processing of visa applications and effective border checks. It holds applications from some 48 million travellers to Europe. By managing these systems and cooperating with EU Member States and other system stakeholders, the Agency plays a vital role in supporting, through technology, efforts towards a fully safe and secure Europe.</p><p>On 17 and 18 October, eu-LISA will host its annual conference, <strong>Going Digital for a Safe and Secure Europe</strong>, in Tallinn. Some 180 attendees are awaited, representing EU and national authorities, practitioners, industry and academia.  Keynote speakers include Dimitris Avramopoulos, EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Andres Anvelt, Estonian Minister of the Interior and Krum Garkov, Executive Director of eu-LISA.  Experts from EU Agencies Europol, EASO, Frontex and FRA, as well as from the public and private sectors hailing from around a dozen countries worldwide come to Tallinn to share their knowledge and experiences.</p><p>"A safe and secure Europe is a priority for the Estonian Presidency of the EU Council and for our Agency. That is why we chose the topic of this year's conference to reflect these shared values and to examine how going digital can enhance Europe's internal security. As practitioners we will focus on the hands-on aspects of digital solutions that affect law enforcement, border and asylum authorities, interoperability of IT systems and the use of mobile technologies to deliver security," said eu-LISA Executive Director, Krum Garkov.</p><p>The Estonian Minister of the Interior Andres Anvelt emphasised that the Estonian EU Council Presidency seeks to put the various information systems to the maximum service for keeping the European Union a more safe and secured place. "We will continue our work to make existing and future information systems in EU exchange data smoothly by 2020. Estonia is a good example of how interoperability on a national and international level has strengthened our law enforcement to be more efficient and has reduced the level of crime. Europe's internal security needs to take the same route, because European Union residents deserve the best possible protection," said minister Anvelt.</p><p> <span>Online web-streaming will be provided during the conference on <a href=""> <span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></a> and a twitter-wall will be available to enable interactive participation from all locations.<br></span></p><p> <span><strong>Further Readings:</strong> <a href=""> <span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">Interactive Page</span></a><br></span></p><p> <strong>Press Release (PDF):</strong> <a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Documents/eu-LISA%20Conference%202017%20PR%20DE.pdf"> <span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">DE</span></a>, <a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Documents/eu-LISA%20Conference%202017%20PR%20EE.pdf"> <span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">EE</span></a>, <a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Documents/eu-LISA%20Conference%202017%20PR%20EN.pdf"> <span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">EN</span></a> and <a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Documents/eu-LISA%20Conference%202017%20PR%20FR.pdf"> <span class="ms-rteStyle-Link">FR</span></a><br></p><p> <strong>Background:</strong><br>The full names of the EU Agencies are:<br></p><ul><li><p>European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol)</p></li><li><p>European Asylum Support Office (EASO)</p></li><li><p>European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex)</p></li><li><p>European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)</p></li></ul><p></p><p> <strong>Links:</strong><br>Conference website: <a href=""> <span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></a><br>List of conference speakers: <a href=""> <span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></a><br>Twitter: <a href=""> <span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></a><br></p><p>#DigitalWay2017   #eulisaconference   #EU2017EE<br></p><p> <strong>Contact:</strong><br><a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></a><a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></a><br></p>
eu-LISA's new head office gets its cornerstone's new head office gets its cornerstone29/09/2017 09:00:00<p>The 29th of September 2017 is an important date for Estonia. For the first time ever the Tallinn Digital Summit will take place and EU Heads of States will be in town to discuss the digital revolution of the 21st century and its impact on society. For eu-LISA, often referred to as the EU IT Agency, this day marks an important milestone on our way to our new headquarter offices on Vesilennuki Street, in Northern Tallinn. Although the timing of the two events is a coincidence, it is symbolic and proves that digital transformation, innovation and new technologies are of the highest importance to decision makers and the practitioners responsible for the safe and secure future of Europe. </p><p>The Estonian State Real Estate Ltd, in cooperation with the Estonian Ministry of the Interior, has invited Tallinn's eu-LISA staff to attend a "breaking of the ground" ceremony and witness the placing of the cornerstone, which symbolically marks the beginning of the main construction works of the new head offices. </p><p>The Executive Director of eu-LISA Krum Garkov, the Estonian Minister of the Interior Andres Anvelt, the Mayor of the North Tallinn district and a Board Member of the Estonian State Real Estate Ltd, Tanel Tiits, welcomed the progress in the construction works and expressed their thanks to the builders. They also placed a time-capsule containing the eu-LISA flag, copies of the design documents of the building and a copy of the day's newspaper under the cornerstone. What archaeologists will make of all that one day remains to be seen!</p><p>The new headquarters of eu-LISA will become an additional seaside landmark in the famous Tallinn silhouette and are expected to be completed by next summer.</p><p>Links:</p><p>eu-LISA: <a href="/"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></a></p><p><span lang="ES">Contact</span>:</p><p>eu-LISA</p><p>for media requests:</p><p><a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></a></p><p>for general information:</p><p><a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Link"></span></a></p>