Heads of Diplomatic Missions in Estonia briefed

On 6 April 2016 eu-LISA hosted a meeting in its Tallinn headquarters with the Heads of Diplomatic Missions in Estonia. The aim of the meeting was to share information and exchange views on the ongoing activities of the Agency and its contribution to the implementation of policies in the area of freedom, security and justice, in particular during this period of heightened challenges in the fields of security and irregular migration. The recent and future projects on the capacity and functionalities of the Schengen Information System, Visa Information System and Eurodac were highlighted, focusing on the added value that technologies provide to national authorities in charge of managing policies on asylum, migration, border management and combating crime. The ever-increasing use of the systems by the Member States was illustrated with relevant figures accessible in eu-LISA reports.

Further to this, EU activities towards ensuring interoperability of IT systems through interconnectivity, shared functionalities, a single access to various systems or a common repository of data were highlighted and references made to the new Commission communication on Stronger and Smarter Information Systems for Border and Security. In addition, the participants were informed about the new Commission proposal for a Regulation establishing the Entry/Exit System (EES) in which eu-LISA would take the lead in terms of implementation after the adoption of the legal framework. The added value of mobile technologies and analytics as areas where the Agency can contribute to developments at EU level were also outlined.

The event was the second meeting of eu-LISA with the Heads of Diplomatic Missions and the Agency plans to hold such meetings on an annual basis in order to share information, feedback and ideas with the diplomatic corps in Estonia.

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