Forum on the implementation of the new architecture for EU information systems for borders, migration and security 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=""></a> – interactive eu-LISA Awareness-Package</p><p><a href=""></a> – Corporate Website<br></p><h2>Videos:<br></h2><ul><li><p><a href="">Enhanced Security with the Entry/Exit System</a></p></li><li><p><a href="">ETIAS: Simplifying Travel to the EU</a></p></li><li><p><a href="">Achieving Interoperability for a Safer Europe</a></p></li></ul><h2>Contacts: </h2><p><a href=""></a><br></p><p><br></p>
#discoverEULISA: our new Awareness Package! our new Awareness Package!25/05/2020 12:00:00<p>​Have you ever needed to describe to someone how eu-LISA´s large-scale IT systems facilitate the implementation of the right to free movement within the Schengen Area? Or maybe, when explaining to your colleagues the specifics of eu-LISA´s daily activities, you could use some support material?</p><p>Discover our brand new awareness package: <a href="" target="_blank"></a> – a one-stop shop that presents eu-LISA and its business areas in a fresh and interactive way.</p><p>This mini-website contains everything you need to know about the various activities of eu-LISA as well as material and resources, which you can use in your work and share - interactive webpages, dedicated pop out windows, animation videos, links back to the Agency's corporate website and take-away PDF downloads. Each of the large-scale systems in eu-LISA's mandate has its own area, as do interoperability, Member State Training, R&D and Reporting and Statistics. </p><p>Discover eu-LISA: The Schengen Area Information Engine!<br></p><h2>Background<br></h2><p>Subsequent to the new legal mandate, eu-LISA not only manages Eurodac, SIS and VIS, but also has to develop EES, ETIAS and ECRIS-TCN, whilst ensuring Interoperability between all of the systems. Further to that, Member State training, Research & Development as well as Reporting and Statistics have all taken on a more important and visible role. In order to introduce and highlight all these aspects, an updated approach to presenting the Agency and its work with external audiences has been thought out and developed.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">#discoverEULISA</a><br></p><p><br></p>
First ECRIS-TCN Development Milestone Reached ECRIS-TCN Development Milestone Reached19/05/2020 09:30:00<p>eu-LISA has taken over operational management of the ECRIS Reference Implementation (RI) from DG-JUST as of 14 April 2020. This marks the first milestone in the development of ECRIS-TCN, 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.</p><p></p><p>ECRIS, the European Criminal Records Information System, provides an electronic exchange of criminal record information on a decentralised basis between Member States. Developed in 2012, ECRIS RI offers a web-based integration interface which enables connecting with Member States' legal systems such as their criminal record registers.</p><p>Once operational, ECRIS-TCN (European Criminal Records Information System – Third Country Nationals) will allow Member States to find out much quicker in which other Member State(s) information on previous convictions of a non-EU national are stored.</p><p>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> <br> <p><strong>Further Reading</strong></p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">TESTA contributes to the EU-wide fight against cross-border crime and terrorism</a></li><li>ECRIS-TCN Leaflet, available in <a href="/Publications/Information%20Material/Leaflet%20ECRIS-TCN.pdf" target="_blank">EN</a>, <a href="/Publications/Documents/Leaflets2019/ECRIS-TCN%20(FR).pdf" target="_blank">FR</a>, <a href="/Publications/Documents/Leaflets2019/ECRIS-TCN%20(ET).pdf" target="_blank">ET</a>, <a href="/Publications/Documents/Leaflets2019/ECRIS-TCN%20(DE).pdf" target="_blank">DE</a>.</li></ul><br>
Online Advisory Groups – The New Normal! Advisory Groups – The New Normal!14/05/2020 13:00:00<p>Since Europe's largest IT systems in the realm of freedom, security and justice cannot afford to be brought to a halt due to COVID-19 and its derived travel restrictions, neither can their management and governance. Further to similar meetings held in April, "Business as usual" now involves eu-LISA governance meetings being held with video conferencing technology.  On Tuesday 12th and Thursday 14th May respectively, eu-LISA managed the SIS and Eurodac Advisory Group meetings online with participants joining from all corners of Europe.<br></p><p>The Schengen information System (SIS) Advisory Group, that took place last Tuesday, saw presentations, updates and discussions focus on many aspects. Topics covered included a tour-de-table during which Member States present the SIS state of play in their respective countries, progress made on the implementation of the system Recast, AFIS phase 2, increasing capacity and the CS SIM. Testing activities as well as future SIS related projects planned for 2022-2024 were also on the agenda.</p><p>Today's Eurodac AG focused on, amongst others, usage statistics as well as details from individual Member States on open issues, the status of ITSM integration and feedback on operations. Eurodac related future tasks for 2022-2024 were also discussed as were the development levels reached on current projects and the migration of the Eurodac Interest Group from its current location to a different electronic platform.</p><p>A total of close to 100 Member State representatives, observers and Agency staff attended the meetings with but a few Member States having occasional connectivity issues. The next online Advisory Group meetings will be EES/ETIAS, ECRIS-TCN and Interoperability in the first half of June 2020.</p><p>Each online meeting presents the possibility to technically improve on the previous and the overall opportunity to integrate a new management method into the expanding landscape of running the JHA IT systems that help keep Europe's citizens safe.<br></p>