Highlights of the 29th eu-LISA Management Board Meeting

On 29 and 30 June 2021, the eu-LISA Management Board convened online for its 29th meeting, covering numerous topics.

The Board adopted the 2020 Annual Activity Report and the Final Annual Accounts, as well as an action plan for the implementation of the roadmap on standardisation.

Members also discussed the priorities of the upcoming Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU. Slovenia is set to take over the Presidency from Portugal starting on 1 July 2021 and running through to the end of the year.

"The eu-LISA Management Board meeting on 29 June is the fourth one in 2021. The Management Board is the key governing body to supervise the implementation of the Smart Borders and Interoperability programme. So much has been achieved until today despite the effects of COVID-19, but we have to closely monitor the implementation of EES and SIS, which are supposed to go live in the first half of 2022. The Management Board appreciates the hard work of eu-LISA staff and of the experts from the different the Member States", said Zsolt Szolnoki, Chairperson of the eu-LISA Management Board.

"Meetings of the eu-LISA Management Board are an important platform for coordination and for exchange on operational and strategic matters. Transparent and close cooperation between the Agency and the Board are crucial in order for eu-LISA to deliver its mission – to support through technology the efforts of the EU and its Member States to keep Europe open and secure", complemented Krum Garkov, Executive Director of eu-LISA.

Other topics on the agenda included: the future governance model of the Agency, the second extension of eu-LISA's Strasbourg site, and the state of play on the implementation of Interoperability, EES, ETIAS and ECRIS-TCN.

To facilitate regular exchange of information with expert groups and to stay on top of the set priorities and planning processes, eu-LISA will organise close to 100 expert-level and governance meetings with its stakeholders this year.

To further increase transparency and provide awareness regarding its activities, eu-LISA now publishes summaries of its regular Management Board meetings.

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