Discover eu-LISA 2.0: Our Revamped Awareness Portal eu-LISA 2.0: Our Revamped Awareness Portal18/01/2023 10:00:00<p style="text-align:justify;">eu-LISA recently finished upgrading <a target="_blank" href="">Discover eu-LISA</a>, a dedicated web portal showcasing the specifics of the Agency's core activities for a safer Europe.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In light of our new visual identity, launched right before our tenth anniversary year, <strong>Discover eu-LISA</strong> features a fresh new look, as well as up to date content. The portal outlines the key facts you need to know about each of the large-scale IT systems managed and/ or developed by eu‑LISA. For the key business areas of the Agency there are also <strong>explainer videos</strong> and downloadable <strong>PDF leaflets</strong> available.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">A new addition is the <strong>eu</strong><strong>‑</strong><strong>LISA Challenge</strong>, a quiz that allows users to test their knowledge on the Agency's work, tasks and organisation.<br></p><p> <br> </p><p style="text-align:center;"> <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Discover eu-LISA</a>, the Digital Heart of Schengen</strong><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <strong><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/NEWSROOM/NEWS/PUBLISHINGIMAGES/20230118.JPG" alt="" style="max-width:85%;" /></a></strong></p><br>
eu-LISA prepares for the takeover of e-CODEX prepares for the takeover of e-CODEX17/01/2023 11:00:00<p style="text-align:justify;">This week, eu-LISA takes its first steps towards taking over the operational management of cross-border judicial tool e-CODEX, by organising the first meeting of the e-CODEX specific Advisory Group on 17 January 2023, and the first meeting of the e-CODEX Programme Management Board the following day.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The kick-off meeting for the actual handover from the e-CODEX consortium (comprised of several EU Member States, including Germany, Netherlands, Austria, France, Spain) is scheduled for 24 January 2023.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Considered the flagship project of EU e-Justice, e-CODEX – which stands for e-Justice Communication via Online Data Exchange – is a decentralised IT system that provides a secure solution for cross-border exchange of judiciary data, thus allowing all Member States to use a single interface to communicate with each other. Once part of the Agency's portfolio, e-CODEX will be a key building block in the further digitalisation of the justice domain.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><br><img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/20230117_3.jpg" alt="" style="max-width:60%;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"This is an important milestone for eu-LISA and for European judicial cooperation. For this project to be a success, we need a shared vision, strong cooperation and joint efforts among all stakeholders. Building on this partnership is essential for all of us and ultimately for the benefit of the EU citizens. I welcome you to this first e-CODEX Advisory Group meeting. We are delighted and honoured to work with the legal community. Please consider eu-LISA as your home", said eu-LISA Interim Executive Director <strong>Luca Tagliaretti</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">eu-LISA's <a href="">governance structure</a> comprises a Management Board (MB), an Executive Director (ED) and Advisory Groups (AG). Advisory Groups are composed of experts from EU Member States, Schengen Associated Countries, the European Commission and other EU Agencies. Their role is to provide their respective Programme Management Board (PMB), and the eu-LISA Management Board, with technical expertise and advice regarding the evolution and further development of eu-LISA's large-scale IT systems.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">During the handover and takeover process, the <a href="">e-CODEX AG</a> will meet regularly and report after each meeting to the e-CODEX Programme Management Board. The e-CODEX AG will involve relevant stakeholders and experts in its work, including members of the judiciary, legal practitioners and professional organisations, which are affected by, use, or participate in the e-CODEX system.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The key points on the meeting's agenda are the introduction of the Advisory Group members and the election of both a Chairperson and a Deputy Chairperson for the e-CODEX AG. The Advisory Group elected <strong>Florian Huiskamp</strong> from the Netherlands as Chairperson.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">eu-LISA is set to take over responsibility for e-CODEX in the second semester of 2023, after the European Commission has declared the handover/ takeover process complete. The transfer of the system to the Agency is not however an end in itself, as very soon e-CODEX will be ready for further expansion and will require the introduction of new security and interoperability features. eu-LISA will be responsible, among others, for providing technical development, maintenance, bug fixing, updates and support, as well as the development of new features in order to respond to emerging requirements.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <strong>Further reading</strong></p><ul style="text-align:justify;"><li> <a href="">e-CODEX Regulation</a><br></li><li> <a href="">e-CODEX Website</a></li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <br> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/20230117_1.jpg" alt="" style="max-height:360px;" /> <img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/20230117_2.jpg" alt="" style="max-height:360px;" /></p><br>
eu-LISA Management Board held in Tallinn Management Board held in Tallinn13/01/2023 11:00:00<p style="text-align:justify;">The year started out strong for eu-LISA's Management Board, who held its first 2023 meeting on 12 January in Tallinn, Estonia.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The main items on the meeting's agenda included the appointment of the new Executive Director of the Agency. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Following a selection organised by the European Commission and a hearing from the European Parliament, three short-listed candidates were presented to the Management Board. After a formal hearing of the candidates, the Management Board appointed <strong>Ms Agnes Diallo as the new Executive Director of eu-LISA</strong>. She will take the helm of the Agency from Mr Luca Tagliaretti who is currently the interim Executive Director.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"After the successful 10-year period of eu-LISA's first Executive Director, Mr Krum Garkov, the Management Board elected today an Executive Director for the second time in its history. The Board gave a vote of confidence to Ms Agnes Diallo, who will take over the office in the coming months. I hope that the new director will continue to contribute to the success of eu-LISA, and, at the same time, will provide new inspirations for the implementation of the complex tasks facing the Agency", said Mr Zsolt Szolnoki, Chairperson of the eu-LISA Management Board.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">During the first part of the meeting, the Management Board appointed also Ms Marina Durán Romero as Accounting Officer of eu-LISA. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In the second part of the meeting, the <strong>Interim</strong> <strong>Executive Director</strong>,<strong> </strong>Mr Luca Tagliaretti, the <strong>Chairperson of the SIS II Advisory Group</strong>,<strong> </strong>Mr Manuel Kamper, the <strong>Chairperson of the EES-ETIAS Advisory Group</strong>, Mr Theofanis Syrigos, and the <strong>Chairperson of the EES Programme Management Board</strong>, Mr Rene Vihalem, informed the Management Board about the latest state of play of the Schengen Information System (SIS) Recast and the Entry/Exit System (EES). </p><p style="text-align:justify;">There was optimism about the <strong>SIS Recast </strong>following positive news coming from the Member States. According to the current plan, the date of <strong>Entry into Operation of the system on 7 March 2023</strong> is confirmed. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">For EES, the planned <strong>Entry into Operation of May 2023 is considered no longer achievable</strong> due to delays from the contractors. The Agency is currently preparing a revised timeline that will presented for approval at the JHA Council in March 2023. The Management Board invited all stakeholders to continue their preparations for a <strong>target date within the end of 2023</strong>. In particular, border crossing points should be fully equipped for the use of the Entry/Exit System by the end of the year. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The next eu-LISA Management Board meeting is scheduled for 14-15 March 2023. Summaries of the regular eu-LISA Management Board Meetings are published on the Agency's <a href="">website</a>.<br></p> <br> <p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/20230113.jpg" alt="" style="max-width:85%;" /></p><br>
eu-LISA welcomes the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the EU welcomes the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the EU05/01/2023 09:00:00<p>As of 1 January 2023, Sweden holds the 6-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union, taking it over from the Czech Republic. </p><p>The Swedish Presidency continues the implementation of the <a href="">Trio Programme</a> launched under the French Presidency in the beginning of 2022.  </p><p>Sweden is assuming the Presidency of the Council of the European Union at a time of historic challenges for Member States and the Union as a whole. Russia's invasion of Ukraine is a threat to European security, with dire migration consequences, as well as severe impacts on global food and energy supplies. The Swedish Presidency has promised to promote a continued active and united EU policy to counteract Russia's aggression against Ukraine. </p><p>During its presidency, Sweden has committed to focus on <strong>four priority areas</strong>: <strong>security</strong>, <strong>competitiveness</strong>, <strong>a</strong> <strong>green energy transition, and democratic values</strong> as well as <strong>the rule of law</strong>.</p><p>In the area of Home Affairs, the Swedish Presidency intends to advance the new Pact on Migration and Asylum negotiations as per the agreement between the institutions to conclude the process during the current parliamentary time. A review of the migration and asylum system is important, as a matter of principle and in strategic terms, and critical to ensuring effective Schengen cooperation. The new Pact on Migration and Asylum sets out improved procedures throughout the asylum and migration system, as well as a balance in the principles of fair-sharing of responsibility and solidarity. One of the key focal points with regard to border, migration and asylum management is <a href="">Eurodac</a>, a large-scale IT system managed by eu-LISA. Through technology, the Agency supports the efforts of the EU and its Member States in keeping European open and secure.</p><p>Throughout the years, eu-LISA has had strong relations with all Member States within the rotating EU Presidency system and has traditionally co-organise its flagship events together with the presiding country. The Agency's latest <a href="/Publications/Reports/eu-LISA_Industry_Roundtable_2022_Oct_Report.pdf">Industry Roundtable</a> and the <a href="">Anniversary Conference</a> held in October 2022, were organised under the auspices of the Czech Presidency. Close collaboration with all our partners is essential in order to contribute to the achievement of Member States' priorities in the area of Justice and Home Affairs.<br></p><p><br></p>