On 22 June 2021, eu-LISA hosted another delegation of the Estonian authorities. After last week's meeting with the Minister of Interior, this time we had the pleasure of welcoming the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Led by Minister Eva-Maria Liimets, the delegation met with Executive Director Krum Garkov and Deputy Executive Director Luca Tagliaretti, to exchange views on the role of the Tallinn headquarters in the context of the future development of the Agency.
An overview of eu-LISA and its role in supporting the European Union's visa policy was also discussed, with a special focus on VIS and ETIAS. VIS is a large-scale IT system facilitating the exchange of visa data between Schengen States. ETIAS is a new pre-travel authorisation system for visa-exempt travellers in the Schengen Area. eu-LISA is responsible for managing these and other large-scale IT Systems that contribute to the functioning of the Schengen Area.
Meetings with host country authorities contribute to strengthening eu-LISA's constructive relations with key Member States. The Agency highly values such partnerships, which are vital for ensuring a safe and secure EU.