Today is July 14, France's National Day, commonly known as Bastille Day. France is of particular interest to eu-LISA and will always hold a special place in our heart. This is because our Operational site is in Strasbourg and hosts 200+ top IT experts from across Europe, dedicated to keeping Europe's largest Justice and Home Affairs IT systems up and running 24/7. These people make eu-LISA the digital backbone of the Schengen Area!
Further to SIS, VIS and Eurodac, said systems include the ongoing development of Europe's Entry/Exit System (EES), the European Travel Information Authorisation System (ETIAS) and ECRIS-TCN. Information about the systems, their Interoperability, and other core activities at the Agency can be found at https://discover.eulisa.europa.eu.
eu-LISA sees collaboration with its host countries as a vital part of its growth and integration. The Agency always looks forward to contributing to initiatives and being an appreciated member of the community. Strengthening relationships can only bring benefits to both parties.
The Agency's history with Strasbourg
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.
eu-LISA's new Establishing Regulation, and the enlarged mandate to improve existing and develop new information systems for security, border management and migration that it brought, highlighted the need for expansion on the local territory. In 2018, the mayor of Strasbourg confirmed that the city would transfer the neighbouring land to eu-LISA for a symbolic value. The transfer was formalised in the second half of 2020, and a site extension is underway.