Register now: eu-LISA Industry Roundtable 2020 now: eu-LISA Industry Roundtable 202008/10/2020 05:00:00<p>On 3-5 November 2020, the European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (eu-LISA), will host its next Industry Roundtable – "<strong>Data Quality and Interoperability: Addressing the Capability Gaps through Standardisation</strong>". </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="" target="_blank"> <strong>Registration now open!</strong></a> <br></p><p>The event will take place online and participants will also have the option of contributing remotely, via a dedicated online platform. </p><h2>Topics addressed</h2><p>This year, the Industry Roundtable will precede the <a href="" target="_blank">eu-LISA Annual Conference</a> and will focus on the capability gaps related to the implementation of Interoperability of the Large-Scale IT Systems operated by eu-LISA, and in particular, on ensuring data quality through standardisation. </p><p>The new information architecture's ability to meet political objectives and operational benefits will largely depend on the quality of data fed into the systems. Requirements, as well as quality criteria for biometric data shall be extended across all large-scale IT systems included in the interoperability architecture, thus ensuring cross-platform compatibility of biometric data. This will be particularly important in the context of the implementation and use of the sBMS interoperability component</p><p>Challenges exist not only in the area of biometric, but also alphanumeric data quality, thus covering the entire scope of identity data. Whereas in the case of biometric data, standards already exist, for alphanumeric data such standards are not yet in place. Therefore, further work on the wider adoption and development of standards in both biometric and alphanumeric data is necessary.</p><p>The Roundtable will feature pioneering technologies, products and services provided by industry, showcasing them to the end-user community, experts representing relevant authorities from Member States and EU Institutions. The event will provide a forum for discussions on the recent technological and non-technological developments facilitating the improvement of biometric and alphanumeric data quality. </p><p>The following capability gaps will be the main focus points: </p><ul><li><p>Biometric data acquisition: addressing the challenges of data quality at the point of capture;</p></li><li><p>Ensuring consistent data quality through measurement, evaluation and standardisation;</p></li><li><p>Access to data: interoperability architecture and access to information on the ground;</p></li><li><p>Biometric data-quality: acquisition of biometric data in challenging conditions;</p></li><li><p>Alphanumeric data-quality: challenges and solutions for alphanumeric data quality.<br></p></li></ul> <br> <p> Information on the agenda, how to register and Presenters is available on our dedicated website - <a href="" target="_blank"></a><br></p> <br> <p> <img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/2020ir.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:785px;" /> <br> </p> <br>
Register now - eu-LISA Annual Conference 2020 now - eu-LISA Annual Conference 202007/10/2020 21:00:00<p style="text-align:justify;">On 26 November 2020, eu-LISA will host its 7<sup>th</sup> Annual Conference <strong> <em>"Interoperability - Building Digital Resilience for the EU Justice and Home Affairs Community"</em></strong>, organised in cooperation with the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union.<br></p><div style="text-align:center;"></div><p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="" target="_blank"> <strong>Registration now open!</strong></a> <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">This year's event will be <strong>entirely </strong><strong>digital</strong>. We anticipate the live broadcast via a dedicated virtual platform will reach an even broader audience, while facilitating the same level of interaction as a physical conference - participants being able to ask questions, comment, participate in polls and network.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The event focusses on the paradigm shift introduced by interoperability, one of the EU Justice and Home Affairs community's top priorities, while also reflecting on some aspects pertaining to technical implementation. Furthermore, possible implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on the acceleration of digital transformation, as well as benefits and possibilities for the law enforcement sector stemming from the new information architecture will also be discussed.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Further information regarding the agenda, how to register and Speakers is available on our dedicated conference website - <a href=""></a><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <span>Join our </span><strong><em>"Interoperability - Building Digital Resilience for the EU Justice and Home Affairs Community" </em></strong><span>debate on 26 November 2020!</span><br></p><p> <br> </p><p style="text-align:center;"> <em>#IO4EU #eulisaconference #EU2020DE #ASaferEurope</em></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/20200918.jpg" alt="" style="max-width:75%;" /> </p>
eu-LISA to extend its Strasbourg site to extend its Strasbourg site27/09/2020 21:00:00<p>​Today eu-LISA reached another important milestone, which will allow the Agency to efficiently fulfil its tasks and continue to create and build, through digital technologies, next generation services in justice and home affairs realms for the benefit of citizens.<br></p><p>The formalisation of land transfer of the 19 192 m² plot adjacent to its current building-complex, the purpose of which is to host the extension of the Agency's operational site in Strasbourg, was completed between the French authorities and the Agency. Members of the European Parliament and representatives of Eurometropol, the Strasbourg City Magistrate and the French Ministry of the Interior attended the ceremony in which the signatures were exchanged between Mr Josine CHEVALIER,  Prefect of Grand Est and Mr Krum GARKOV, the Executive Director of eu-LISA.<br></p><p> The formal handover has been planned since the beginning of 2020, while the extension itself is a multi-annual project and is expected to be finalised in the first half of 2026.</p><p> "<em>eu-LISA has been a part of the Strasbourg landscape since the beginning of existence of the Agency. Today, the close relations and cooperation that eu-LISA has enjoyed with the French National and Local Authorities and the EU Institutions have reached a notable milestone.  The transfer of land from the French State to eu-LISA ownership is a generous contribution from the French authorities to the future of eu-LISA. It is a clear and tangible demonstration of the values on which EU has been built.</em></p><p> <em>At the same time, it is also an important part of to the digital future of Schengen. eu-LISA will not simply manage more systems from here. With the extension of its operational site in Strasbourg, the Agency will continue to be the digital engine of Schengen and the enabler of the implementation of one of the fundamental right of the EU citizens – freedom of movement. </em></p><p> <em>Increased capacity at our operational site in Strasbourg will support eu-LISA in the implementation of its extended mandate - to ensure efficiency of management of the EU's external borders, internal security and migration management across the Schengen Area and beyond. Furthermore, our extended site will enable the Agency to broaden its service portfolio and to accelerate digital transformation in the Home Affairs and Justice domains and others. </em></p><p> <em>Our extended site in Strasbourg will enable eu-LISA to successfully address the growing expectations and demands of its stakeholders and to increase further its contribution to the EU and the EU's citizens</em>", said Krum Garkov, Executive Director of eu-LISA.</p> <br> <h2>History and background information</h2><p>In 2013, eu-LISA was given the former "Centre du Système d'Information Schengen" by the French government and has been running the Agency's large-scale IT systems from there ever since. Some renovation works and the construction of a new building in 2017 met the Agency´s short term need, to host the resources required to operationally manage three IT systems in 24/7 mode. </p><p>With eu-LISA's new <a href="" target="_blank">Establishing Regulation <sup>Reg. (EU) 2018/1726</sup></a>, adopted on 11 December 2018, and the enlarged mandate to improve existing and develop new information systems for security, border management and migration that it brought, the lack of space and infrastructure on the operational site became more evident.</p><p>Earlier that same year, during the inauguration event for the renovated site in Strasbourg, Mr Roland Ries, then mayor of Strasbourg, confirmed during his speech that the city would transfer the neighbouring land for the symbolic value of 1€.</p><p>On 1 March 2019, the Strasbourg Council of the Eurometropole approved and signed the deliberation that confirmed the land transfer. From the beginning of 2020, with the assistance of the French Interior Ministry the formal handover has been prepared between the local authorities and the French state. </p> <br> <p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/20200928_group.jpg" alt="" style="max-width:75%;" /></p><br>
A Fresh Start on Migration - EC Proposes New Approach Fresh Start on Migration - EC Proposes New Approach23/09/2020 14:25:00<p>Today, the European Commission proposed a new Pact on Migration and Asylum, covering all of the different elements needed for a comprehensive European approach to migration. It sets out improved and faster procedures throughout the asylum and migration system as well as a balance in the principles of fair sharing of responsibility and solidarity. This is crucial for rebuilding trust between Member States and confidence in the capacity of the European Union to manage migration.</p><p>Following extensive consultations and an honest and holistic assessment of the situation, the Commission proposes to improve the overall system. This includes looking at ways of improving cooperation with the countries of origin and transit, ensuring effective procedures, successful integration of refugees and return of those with no right to stay. No single solution on migration can satisfy all sides, on all aspects – but by working together, the EU can find a common solution.</p><p>Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, said: "<em>Migration has always been and always will be part of our societies. What we are proposing today will build a long-term migration policy that can translate European values into practical management.</em><em>  </em><em>This set of proposals will mean clear, fair and faster border procedures, so that people do not have to wait in limbo. It means enhanced cooperation with third countries for fast returns, more legal pathways and strong actions to fight human smugglers. Fundamentally it protects the right to seek asylum</em>".</p><p><strong>Stronger trust fostered by better and more effective procedures</strong></p><p>The first pillar of the Commission's approach to building confidence consists of more efficient and faster procedures. In particular, the Commission is proposing to introduce an integrated border procedure, which for the first time includes a pre-entry screening covering identification of all people crossing the EU's external borders without permission or having been disembarked after a search and rescue operation.</p><p>This will also entail a health and a security check, fingerprinting and registration in the Eurodac database. After the screening, individuals can be channeled to the right procedure, be it at the border for certain categories of applicants or in a normal asylum procedure. As part of this border procedure, swift decisions on asylum or return will be made, providing quick certainty for people whose cases can be examined rapidly.</p><p><strong>Further Readings:</strong></p><ul><li>European Commission <a href="">Press Release</a></li><li>Webpage: <a href="">New Pact on Migration and Asylum</a></li><li>Pact on Migr<span style="background-color:rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);">ation and Asylum: </span><a href="" style="background-color:rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);">Legislative Documentation</a></li></ul><p><br></p>