eu-LISA Hosts Estonian Minister of Justice

Today, 14 July 2020, we had the pleasure of hosting a delegation from the Estonian Ministry of Justice at our headquarters in Tallinn.

Raivo Aeg, Minister of Justice, and Tõnis Saar, State Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, met with eu-LISA's Executive Director Krum Garkov and Deputy Executive Director Luca Tagliaretti to exchange views on interoperability and digitalisation in the area of justice.

eu-LISA took over maintenance of the European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS) in April 2020. The Agency is also working on developing and subsequently managing a centralised system to supplement ECRIS, which allows Member States to identify conviction information on third-country nationals and stateless persons (ECRIS-TCN).

Moreover, Member States are currently discussing new cross-border solutions in the justice area, such as the development of e-CODEX and the Digital Criminal Justice Programme. Estonia has an impressive track record in the implementation of e-governance solutions and remains a front-runner in the field of e-Justice systems, with practical experience in the deployment of modern technologies, such as artificial intelligence and blockchain.

The EU's e-CODEX (e-Justice Communication via Online Data Exchange) offers a digital infrastructure for secure communication, facilitating cross-border judicial cooperation - crucial to the mobility of citizens and businesses in Europe. The Digital Criminal Justice initiative, currently in development, aims at creating an EU-wide digital platform to enable the European judicial community to exchange critical information and evidence during criminal investigations.

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