EMPACT 2023 results published 2023 results published05/07/2024 13:00:00<p>The 2023 results of the EU's flagship instrument to fight organised crime have been published. Across its 15 crime areas, EU-wide law enforcement and judicial actions have led to:<br></p><p></p><ul><li>13 871 arrests</li><li>over €797 million seized</li><li>over 197 tonnes of drugs seized</li><li>15 644 investigations initiated</li><li>6 801 migrant smugglers arrested</li><li>identification of 7 500 victims of trafficking of human beings</li></ul><p></p><p>EMPACT optimises coordination and cooperation on crime priorities affecting EU Member States. Crime fighting actions are carried out by law enforcement and judicial authorities at national level supported by EU Institutions and EU Agencies, including eu-LISA. Where relevant, public and private sector organisations, international bodies and third countries are involved as well.<br></p><h2>EMPACT and eu-LISA<br></h2><p>As a contribution to EMPACT, eu-LISA has organised training sessions on the role of Eurodac and SIS in tackling the facilitation of illegal immigration. With regard to the 2022-2025 priorities, eu-LISA has announced its participation in the cyberattacks, migrant smuggling and firearms trafficking.<br></p><h2 style="font-family:"open sans", arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Background<br></h2><p>EMPACT stands for the European Multidisciplinary Platform Against Criminal Threats. It ensures an integrated approach to EU internal security, involving measures that range from investigations, external border controls, police, customs and judicial cooperation to information management, innovation, training, prevention and the external dimension of internal security, as well as public-private partnerships where appropriate.<br></p><h2 style="font-family:"open sans", arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Further Information<a href="" title="The EU’s fight against serious crime (background information)"></a><br></h2><ul><li> <a href="">The EU’s fight against serious crime (background information)</a><br></li><li> <a href="/AboutUs/MandateAndActivities/CoreActivities/Documents/EMPACT-Results-2023.pdf">EMPACT 2023 Results (factsheets)</a><br></li><li> <a href="">EMPACT 2023 Results (Video)</a><br></li><li> <a href="/AboutUs/MandateAndActivities/CoreActivities/Pages/EMPACT.aspx">eu-LISA and EMPACT</a><br></li> </ul><p> <br> </p>
Hungary takes over the Presidency of the Council of the EU takes over the Presidency of the Council of the EU01/07/2024 10:00:00<p>Starting on 1 July until the end of 2024, Hungary will be holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, with its main goals focusing on the need to address economic, political, as well as social aspects.<span style="background-color:rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);"> </span></p><p>In particular, the programme of the Hungarian Presidency will target <a href="">seven central priorities</a>:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><p>A New European Competitiveness Deal</p></li><li><p>The Reinforcement of the European Defence Policy</p></li><li><p>A Consistent and Merit-Based Enlargement Policy</p></li><li><p>Stemming Illegal Migration</p></li><li><p>Shaping the Future of the Cohesion Policy</p></li><li><p>A farmer-centered EU Agricultural Policy</p></li><li><p>Addressing demographic challenges</p></li></ul><p>These priorities are in line with the <a href="">trio programme</a>, which was jointly developed along with representatives of Belgium and Poland (the countries holding the presidency before and after Hungary, constituting a 'trio').<br></p><p>Additionally, throughout the period of the Hungarian presidency, numerous political, economic and social <a href="">events are scheduled to take place</a>, actively focusing on the set priorities.<br></p><p>János Bóka, Hungarian Minister of European Union Affairs, and Zoltán Kovács, Government Commissioner for the 2024 Hungarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, presented the programme at a press conference held on 18 June, underlining that "Europe is facing shared challenges such as the war in our neighbourhood, global competition, a fragile security situation, illegal migration, natural disasters, the effects of climate change, and the demographic situation".<span style="background-color:rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);"> </span></p><p>The Hungarian government has chosen a logo which is based on a world-famous Hungarian invention, the Rubik's cube, created by the Hungarian Ernő Rubik. The three-dimensional mechanical logic game celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. It symbolises the Hungarian nation's ingenuity, creativity, strategic thinking and sophistication. To complete the cube requires strategic insight, patience, discipline and precision - all qualities that are essential for Hungary's Presidency of the Council of the European Union.</p><p>For more info, visit the Presidency´s dedicated <a href="">website</a>, and consult the full <a href="">Programme of the Presidency</a>.<br></p>
Justice and Home Affairs Agencies Network (JHAAN) Contact Points meeting and Home Affairs Agencies Network (JHAAN) Contact Points meeting28/06/2024 13:00:00<p>On 27 June, the Contact Points of the Justice and Home Affairs Agencies Network (JHAAN) met for the second time this year under the umbrella of eu-LISA's Presidency of the Network.</p><p>Several colleagues from fellow JHA Agencies joined the meeting in person at Headquarters in Tallinn, while observers from EU institutions partook online.</p><p>The main topics addressed were the JHAAN 2024 calendar of events, progress on greening and diversity priorities, the current edition of the JHAAN Staff Exchange Programme, engagement with EU institutions, and the launch of discussions on the priorities under the next JHAAN Trio Presidency.</p><p>The meeting was an excellent opportunity for the JHA policy and external relations officers to update each other on recent activities, and to continue planning inter-agency cooperation initiatives.<br></p><p>eu-LISA's interim Deputy Executive Director, Luca Zampaglione, personally welcomed attendees, and recalled the importance and added value of the Network, which has been active since 2010.<br></p><p>The next JHAAN Contact Points meeting will take place in September in Strasbourg.<br></p><p>The JHAAN comprises nine agencies operating in the EU justice and home affairs domain: CEPOL, EIGE, EUAA, EUDA, eu-LISA, Eurojust, Europol, FRA, and Frontex.<br></p><p>For more information on the 2024 eu-LISA Presidency, please visit our <a href="/About-Us/Our-Partners/jhaan-presidency">dedicated page</a>.<br></p><p> <br> </p>
eu-LISA Management Board Meets in Tallinn Management Board Meets in Tallinn20/06/2024 21:00:00<p>The Management Board of the European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (eu-LISA) convened in Tallinn on 19 and 20 June.<br></p><h2>Management Decisions<br></h2><p><span style="background-color:rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);">The Management Board has decided to nominate <strong>Karen Ben Aim</strong> (France), <strong>Tillmann Keber</strong> (Germany), and <strong>Robert Rødsten</strong> (Norway) as members of the Management Board Audit Compliance and Finance Committee of eu-LISA. <strong>Ari Uusikartano</strong> (Finland) has been appointed as the Chairman of the Committee.</span></p><p><span style="background-color:rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);">As of 20 June, the term of office for the Chair of the eu-LISA Management Board,<strong> Zsolt Szolnoki</strong>, has ended. From 21 June onwards, Estonia's representative, <strong>Rene Vihalem</strong>, will take over as Chair.</span></p><p><span style="background-color:rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);">In the course of the meeting, the Management Board approved the Consolidated Annual Activity Report of eu-LISA for 2023. The Board also resolved to form its opinion on the Final Annual Accounts for the year 2023 and invited eu-LISA to submit the final accounts, along with the Management Board’s opinion, to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Commission, the Court of Auditors, as well as to the countries associated with the implementation, application, and development of the Schengen acquis and with Dublin- and Eurodac-related measures.</span></p><h2>Discussion on IT Systems</h2><p>An in-depth discussion was held on the status of the Interoperability architecture, with a focus on the Entry/Exit System (EES) set to enter operation later this year, and the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS), scheduled to launch next year. Updates were also provided on key developments in ECRIS-TCN, the Schengen Information System (SIS), and the Visa Information System (VIS). The Management Board discussed the development of the Eurodac Recast in the context of new European Migration Policy. The Board also received updates on the implementation status of systems in the area of justice, including e-CODEX and the JITs CP.<br></p><h2>Organisational Management</h2><p>The Board got overviews on reports on audit recommendations, the ECA audit for 2023, and the 2022 discharge proceedings. </p><p>Updates were provided on eu-LISA's evaluation, Operational Management study, new research strategy, building projects, and backup site status. Discussions included implementing obligations from the establishing regulation, recent developments, the 2024 budget forecast, and Customer Satisfaction Survey results.</p><p>In addition, the Board was briefed on the priorities of the incoming Hungarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.</p><div><span style="background-color:rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);"><img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/MB%20collage%2019.06.2024.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></span></div><p><br></p>