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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>
eu-LISA and EASO Sign a Three-Year Cooperation Planhttps://www.eulisa.europa.eu/Newsroom/PressRelease/Pages/eu-LISA-and-EASO-Sign-a-Three-Year-Cooperation-Plan.aspxeu-LISA and EASO Sign a Three-Year Cooperation Plan14/09/2020 21:00:00<p>Collaboration is a major factor in ensuring border and asylum management as well as internal security for Europe and its citizens. eu-LISA and EASO have had a formal Working Arrangement in place to support one another across all business areas they have in common since 2014. Within the framework of this agreement, the two European Union Agencies have signed a multiannual <a href="/PartnersStakeholders/Documents/CP_EASO_eu-LISA.pdf">Cooperation Plan</a>, which sets out actions and activities that will enhance the cooperation and highlight the results of both parties from 2020 to 2022.</p><p>Core business areas such as border, migration and asylum management, which are of vital importance to both agencies, constitute the principal areas of cooperation. However, these are not the only topics covered in the plan. Transversal or horizontal services such as Research and Development, Business Continuity, Data Protection and Communication are all foreseen as domains in which the agencies can provide one another with advice on best practices and support. Examples of some of the specific planned actions are the sharing of expertise in the field of training for Member States and jointly developing recommendations, digital brochures, as well as practical guides on the operational use of asylum-related IT systems. </p><p><em> </em><em>"Digital transformation has become an essential part of our lives. It influences every aspect of people's daily activities in Europe and globally. Today, we are more connected than ever and exchange enormous amounts of information. At the same time, the challenges that Europe faces in the area of asylum and migration are very complex. Their very nature suggests that to develop a comprehensive and timely response, close cooperation, pooling of expertise and information sharing are required. In this respect, the Cooperation Plan between eu-LISA and EASO, signed today, will facilitate the efforts of both agencies to increase their contribution to the Member States and to the EU as a whole", </em>noted Krum Garkov, Executive Director of eu-LISA. </p><p>Since its inception, eu-LISA has established many working arrangements with its partners, aiming to provide expertise and know-how to fellow Agencies within the JHA domain and also to benefit from the knowledge and experience of others. A full list of these can be found at <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=d983433c-0865-4de1-a0ae-1df1a0b7e4c0&TermSetId=8b33697b-07fc-4f3b-b28b-4f6a7829532a&TermId=21f7274f-8f20-4db8-8ad1-d3746feda41e">https://www.eulisa.europa.eu/About-Us/Our-Partners/Eu-Agencies</a>.<br></p><p><br></p><p><img src="https://eulisa.europa.eu/Newsroom/PressRelease/PublishingImages/20200914.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:786px;" /><br></p><p><strong><br></strong></p><p><strong>Background:</strong></p><p><strong style="background-color:rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);">eu-LISA -</strong><span style="background-color:rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);"> </span><strong style="background-color:rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);">European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice</strong><br></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>EASO - </strong><strong>European Asylum Support Office</strong></p><p>EASO is an important actor of European solidarity and plays a key role in the implementation of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS), fostering greater cooperation with and between Member States and providing the necessary support in order to translate into practice the core values of the CEAS, equity and fairness, and to ensure that individual asylum cases are dealt with in a coherent way by all Member States.<br></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Links: </strong></p><p><a href="https://eulisa.europa.eu/">eulisa.europa.eu</a> – eu-LISA Corporate Website</p><p><a href="https://discover.eulisa.europa.eu/">discover.eulisa.europa.eu</a> – eu-LISA Interactive Awareness-Package</p><p><a href="https://easo.europa.eu/">easo.europa.eu</a> – EASO Corporate Website<br></p><p> <br></p><p><strong>Contacts: </strong></p><p><a href="mailto:press@eulisa.europa.eu">press@eulisa.europa.eu</a><br></p><p><br></p>
Forum on the implementation of the new architecture for EU information systems for borders, migration and securityhttps://www.eulisa.europa.eu/Newsroom/PressRelease/Pages/Forum-implementation-new-architecture-EU-information-systems-borders-migration-security.aspxForum on the implementation of the new architecture for EU information systems for borders, migration and security26/05/2020 21:00:00<p>Today eu-LISA is attending the third high-level forum on the implementation of the new architecture of EU information systems for borders, migration and security, organised by the European Commission's DG Home. The Executive Director of eu-LISA, Krum GARKOV, provides an update on the work progress regarding the new IT systems EES and ETIAS as well as Interoperability.<br></p><p>Together with the EU Member States, Schengen associated countries, representatives of EU Institutions and EU Agencies acting in the area of justice and home affairs, eu-LISA will discuss the state of play of implementing the new IT architectures, in the context of the COVID-19 situation. </p><p>"<em>Work with the new systems and interoperability is in progress thanks to very good cooperation with the Commission, the Member States and the other JHA Agencies, despite the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. eu-LISA works hard to adhere to their implementation timelines. However, this is possible only through the joint efforts of all stakeholders and their ability to follow the challenging implementation schedule. </em></p><p><em>We should also remember that these projects are not just big technical initiatives but are a substantial part of the EU's response to the demand of EU citizens for more efficient border management and stronger internal security.</em>" emphasised Krum GARKOV.</p><p>The initiative behind forums on the new IT architecture was launched by the European Commission's DG Home with the aim of ensuring coherent, transparent and mutually supportive joint EU implementation efforts as well as to establish a platform for regular meetings with all the stakeholders. This allows all participants to focus on the state and progress of preparations, understand and identify in a timely manner any problems and define solutions or support measures where needed. </p><p>Given the ongoing confinement measures across Europe, the current forum is being held using a videoconference facility.  </p><h2>Background:</h2><p>The Entry/Exit System is a new large-scale IT system currently being developed by eu-LISA to enable the recording of entry and exit of third country nationals (TCN) to and from the Schengen Area. The system aims at modernising and increasing automation at border controls, strengthening internal security and fighting terrorism and organised crime.</p><p>ETIAS is a new IT system for EU border management currently being developed by eu-LISA, which will improve the security and safety aspects of travelling to or through the Schengen Area. Once operational, ETIAS will require that all visa-exempt third country nationals planning to travel to the Schengen Area apply for pre-travel authorisation online.</p><p>Interoperability will address existing gaps in the JHA domain's information architecture. It is a part of the EU's response to the demands of citizens for a more efficient management of external borders and stronger internal security. Interoperability will bring improved access to information stored in EU information systems and identity management at an EU level.</p><p>The overall objective of these initiatives is to establish a new information architecture for border management and internal security in the EU, which will facilitate a more efficient management of the Union's external borders and stronger internal security.</p><h2>Links: </h2><p><a href="https://discover.eulisa.europa.eu/">discover.eulisa.europa.eu</a> – interactive eu-LISA Awareness-Package</p><p><a href="https://eulisa.europa.eu/">https://eulisa.europa.eu</a> – Corporate Website<br></p><h2>Videos:<br></h2><ul><li><p><a href="https://youtu.be/R3eMq2yFe0c">Enhanced Security with the Entry/Exit System</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://youtu.be/orrBJiXAcSU">ETIAS: Simplifying Travel to the EU</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://youtu.be/JcYk0Ld2gus">Achieving Interoperability for a Safer Europe</a></p></li></ul><h2>Contacts: </h2><p><a href="mailto:press@eulisa.europa.eu">press@eulisa.europa.eu</a><br></p><p><br></p>
eu-LISA Governance Meetings go Digitalhttps://www.eulisa.europa.eu/Newsroom/PressRelease/Pages/eu-LISA-Governance-Meetings-go-Digital.aspxeu-LISA Governance Meetings go Digital06/04/2020 21:00:00<p>The ongoing pandemic has triggered the need for changes to the way business is conducted both locally and on a global scale. eu-LISA and its key stakeholders have swiftly introduced all the necessary means to guarantee business continuity. Teleworking has quickly become the new norm for many. However, the particularity of our 24/7 operational requirements, means that eu-LISA manages the required on-site tasks, while applying all the health and safety rules as foreseen by the national authorities of the countries where our operations are performed, and handles various administrative and organisational tasks remotely via teleworking.</p><p>Video conferencing has been in practice at eu-LISA since its inception. With the Agency located in different physical sites, it is not exceptional for staff members to have several "VC Meetings" in a single day. It is part of our business specifics and organisational culture to discuss and plan as well as solve problems with colleagues sitting in meeting rooms situated in Tallinn, Strasbourg and/or Brussels.</p><p>The management and governance of eu-LISA's ongoing large-scale IT systems development projects, namely the Entry/Exit System (EES), the European Travel Information Authorisation System (ETIAS), the European Criminal Records Information System – Third Country Nationals (ECRIS-TCN) and the foreseen Interoperability between these and pre-existing (Eurodac, SIS and VIS) systems has not been put on stand-by. Given that face-to-face meetings cannot be held today due to both health concerns and travel restrictions, governance meetings have gone digital.</p><p>The first fully online joint meeting of the Programme Management Boards (PMB) for EES, ETIAS and Interoperability was held on the 26th of March with 30 delegates all dialling in from their homes or offices to a virtual meeting room hosted by eu-LISA. 1oo% of the regular attendees took part and the meeting produced important outcomes that need to be considered in the further development of the systems.</p><p>Progress in projects that are key to Europe's internal security and border management cannot be put on hold. Hence, the scheduled upcoming governance meetings concerning the IT systems run by eu-LISA, will all be held as planned in video conferencing format. These include five individual meetings in April and eleven in May. All Advisory Groups and PMBs as well as the Audit, Compliance and Finance Committee (ACFC) and the Management Board Coordination Group meetings will take place online for the foreseeable future. eu-LISA is and will be operational to provide uninterrupted services to the Member States and to discuss and plan with them as well as with our partner Agencies all the questions on our agendas. </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Background:</strong></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 the 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. There is also a technical business continuity site based in Sankt Johann im Pongau, Austria and a Liaison Office in Brussels, Belgium.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>Website: <a href="/">https://www.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></p><p><strong>Contact: </strong></p><p><a href="mailto:press@eulisa.europa.eu">press@eulisa.europa.eu</a><br></p><p><br></p>