On 29 September 2021, eu-LISA had the pleasure of welcoming H.E. Francisco Vaz Patto, Portuguese Ambassador to Estonia at its headquarters in Tallinn.
Following a brief overview of the Agency's activities, the Ambassador, eu-LISA's Executive Director Krum Garkov and Deputy Executive Director Luca Tagliaretti exchanged views on the successful cooperation between the Agency and the
Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU, as well as eu-LISA's priorities in supporting Member States in the area of justice and home affairs.
In the first semester of 2021, Portugal presided over the Council of the European Union, the fourth time since the debut of the rotating presidencies system in 1992.
Throughout the years, eu-LISA has had strong ties with all the Member States partaking in the rotating EU Presidency system and has made it a tradition to co-organise its flagship events in collaboration with the presiding country. Our latest
Industry Roundtable, which brought together over 330 participants from 40 countries, benefited from the support of the Portuguese Presidency, and attendees had the opportunity of seeing first-hand a case study in implementing contactless travel at Lisbon airport.
Close cooperation and building strong connections with Member States is of utmost importance to eu-LISA and key in ensuring a timely and successfully delivery of Europe's new Justice and Home Affairs IT architecture.
Between 2015 and 2020, Mr. Vaz Patto was Portugal's Ambassador to Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. At the end of 2020, he was assigned to Portugal Embassy's in Helsinki, which also serves as the liaison office for diplomatic matters with Estonia.