VIS Operational Training Course delivered in Strasbourg Operational Training Course delivered in Strasbourg15/03/2019 16:00:00 <p>The second cycle of eu-LISA VIS Development Training Programme for IT Operators (DTPITO) moved forward earlier this month with the delivery of an Intermediate Level (L2) session on the 6th of March.</p><p>The aim of the course was to introduce VIS operational system principles, technical system aspects and to provide a detailed overview of operations.</p><p>The target audience was Single Point of Contact (SPoC) managers and senior operational staff from <span id="DeltaPlaceHolderMain"><span><span id="DeltaPlaceHolderMain"><span><span id="DeltaPlaceHolderMain"><span><span id="DeltaPlaceHolderMain"><span><img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/Pages/VIS-L2.png" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span>Member States.</p><p>During the course the following topics were covered:</p><ul><li><p>Introduction to VIS Incident Management and Request Fulfilment;</p></li><li><p>VIS Data Quality and VIS Service Manager 9 (SM9)</p></li><li><p>Incident and Requests Management - Hands on. </p></li></ul><p>Twelve participants from 10 EU Member States were trained during the Intermediate Level course<span id="DeltaPlaceHolderMain"><span><span id="DeltaPlaceHolderMain"><span></span></span></span></span>. T<span id="DeltaPlaceHolderMain"><span><span id="DeltaPlaceHolderMain"><span><span id="DeltaPlaceHolderMain"><span></span></span></span></span></span></span>he training was supported with possibilities for e-learning through the eu-LISA LMS. </p><p>The attendees also had the opportunity to take an assessment test to measure the level of knowledge acquired during the training with 11 of them obtaining a VIS Professional certificate. The average test result was 86.7%.</p><p>DTPITO will continue with VIS Development Training Programme for IT Operators - Advanced Level (L3) on 3-4 April 2019 in Tallinn, Estonia. This will be the first ever training activity for Member States that will take<span id="DeltaPlaceHolderMain"><span></span></span> place in eu-LISA's headquarters.</p>
Working Group for Carriers - Call for Interest Group for Carriers - Call for Interest13/03/2019 22:00:00<p>eu-LISA is establishing a Working Group for carriers and calling on carrier associations to express their interest to participate in this Working Group.</p><p>The Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement dated 14 June 1985 (<a href="" target="_blank">Schengen Convention</a>), the Entry/Exit System (EES) <a href="" target="_blank">Regulation (EU) 2017/2226</a> and the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) <a href="" target="_blank">Regulation (EU) 2018/1240</a> set out obligations for carriers in the European Union (including air and sea carriers and international carriers transporting groups overland by coach). </p><p>In order to successfully implement the EES Regulation and the ETIAS Regulation, the European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (eu-LISA) is looking to establish a Working Group (WG) for carriers and is calling on carrier associations to express their interest in participating in this Working Group. The WG will be a coordination body between eu-LISA and carrier associations. It will be led by eu-LISA, function under the umbrella of the EES-ETIAS Advisory Group of the Agency and directly report to it.  </p><p>The purpose of the WG is to provide, amongst others, awareness to carriers about their obligations stemming from the EES and ETIAS Regulations and facilitate the alignment of carrier activities with the planning for the entry into operation of the two new IT systems. </p><p>In order to foster constructive discussions, eu-LISA intends to keep the number of participants in the WG limited to senior representatives of carrier associations that operate air and sea routes as well as international carriers that transport groups overland by coach. The WG may decide, on an ad-hoc basis, to invite advisors or experts to WG meetings if considered necessary.</p><p>Interested carrier associations, in particular operational at EU and/or regional levels, should send an email to <a href=""></a> with the following subject line: 'Expression of interest in the Working Group for Carriers' no later than 29 March 2019. In the email please indicate name, email address, position and association of the proposed member*.</p><p>The first meeting of the WG is foreseen to be organised by eu-LISA in the course of spring 2019. </p><p> <a href="/Procurement/Documents/WG%20Carriers/Call%20for%20expressions%20of%20interest.pdf" target="_blank">Download a PDF of the Call for Interest</a><br></p><p> </p><p>Footnote*</p><p>eu-LISA processes personal data in accordance with the Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data. For more information, including how to exercise your rights of access, rectification, erasure and restriction of processing personal data, see the data protection notice, available <a href="/AboutUs/DP/Documents/eu-LISA%20Events%20Privacy%20Notice.pdf" target="_blank">here</a>. </p>
Creation of ECRIS-TCN Approved by European Parliament of ECRIS-TCN Approved by European Parliament12/03/2019 16:00:00<p>MEPs agreed in a vote today to create a new database on the past convictions of third country nationals (ECRIS-TCN), to complement the existing European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS) that is used to exchange information on the previous convictions of EU citizens.</p><p>The new centralised database will improve the exchange of information in regard to criminal records of non-EU nationals, throughout the EU, contributing to the EU’s fight against cross-border crime and terrorism.</p><p>The new ECRIS Third Country National (ECRIS-TCN) system will:</p><ul><li><p>Enable national authorities to quickly establish whether any EU member state holds criminal records on a non-EU citizen,</p></li></ul><ul><li><p>Include data on dual nationals, who possess the nationality of a third country and of an EU country to ensure that individuals cannot hide past convictions simply by virtue of having two passports.</p></li></ul><p>The Parliament and Council negotiators have agreed that Europol, Eurojust and the future European Public Prosecutor's Office will also have access to ECRIS and the Third Country National system, in addition to judges and prosecutors in EU countries.</p><p>ECRIS-TCN will be developed and managed by eu-LISA. A Member State wishing to identify the Member State(s) holding criminal record information on a particular TCN can do so by performing a ‘hit/no hit’ search in the central TCN system.<br></p><p>Read the full EP Press Release here:</p><p> <a href="">Fighting crime: faster EU-wide exchange of non-EU nationals’ criminal records</a></p><p>Find out more about ECRIS-TCN here:</p><p> <a href="/AboutUs/SmartBorders/Pages/ECRIS-TCN.aspx">eu-LISA Activities > Large-Scale IT Systems > ECRIS-TCN</a></p>
Industry Roundtable 24 April 2019 - Save the Date Roundtable 24 April 2019 - Save the Date06/03/2019 22:00:00<span>​On 24</span><sup>th</sup><span> April 2019, eu-LISA will host its next industry roundtable event with the support of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in Bucharest, Romania.</span> <p>The work of the Member State Working Group on Land and Sea Borders convened by eu-LISA under the Entry-Exit System Advisory Group will soon reach its conclusion, having elaborated substantial concepts on how expedited crossings of vehicles and pedestrians can be managed at the most challenging of the EU's external borders. The goal of the event will be to work towards concrete process and technology solutions that will be aligned with the concepts mentioned. Industry representatives will be asked to respond practically and propose workflow solutions, outlining their views on how consultation of large-scale IT systems, biometric sample enrolment and verification and other necessary steps can be efficiently accomplished in seamless workflows. </p><p>A dedicated registration page will go live in mid March. We will shortly outline how industry can volunteer to present solutions at the event.</p><p>We look forward to your participation.​</p><p> <br> </p><p> <img src="/Newsroom/PressRelease/PublishingImages/rt19_poster.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;max-width:468px;border:1px solid #cccccc;" /> <br> </p>​​