INTERPOL Delegation Visits eu-LISA Headquarters

On 21 October 2021, eu-LISA hosted a delegation from the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) at its headquarters in Tallinn, Estonia.

Dirk Allaerts, Acting Executive Director of INTERPOL, accompanied by Pierre St Hilaire, INTERPOL's Special representative to the EU, met with eu-LISA's Executive Director, Krum Garkov, and Deputy Executive Director Luca Tagliaretti, as well as other key members of the Agency's management.

The participants exchanged views on a couple of core activity areas of eu-LISA, namely Research and Development (R&D) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), in the context of global security challenges. Within the Agency's revised establishing Regulation, eu-LISA's research mandate has been extended and the Agency closely monitors the latest technological developments, including AI, which could provide benefits to EU security and justice communities. As with any cutting-edge solution, balance between innovation and respect for fundamental rights and privacy are the basis to build on when introducing new disruptive technologies.

An overview of eu-LISA and its role as the digital engine of the Schengen Area was also discussed, with a special focus on the large-scale IT systems the Agency operates and is developing.

Based in Lyon, France, INTERPOL is an inter-governmental organisation that connects police officers and database in 194 member countries via a secure information communication network. INTERPOL offers investigative support such as forensics, analysis, and assistance in locating fugitives around the world, as well as training activities.

In addition to building strong connections with EU Member States and Schengen Area Associated Countries, eu-LISA also maintains close ties with international organisations which can support the Agency and its partners in ensuring Europe's internal security and the smooth management of its external borders.