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eu-LISA Conference: The new information architecture as a driver for efficiency and effectiveness in internal security Conference: The new information architecture as a driver for efficiency and effectiveness in internal security15/10/2019 21:00:00<p>On 16 October 2019 the European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (eu-LISA) will host the conference "The new information architecture as a driver for efficiency and effectiveness in internal security" in Tallinn, Estonia. The event is organised under the auspices of the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU. The conference, first of its kind since the Agency's new Regulation, will address the future roles of both current and new IT systems and the overall information ecosystem being created on law enforcement and border management activities. The conference will bring together over 200 delegates representing Member States, EU institutions and agencies, practitioners and industry.<br></p><p>The Agency's enlarged mandate provides for the development of several new large-scale IT systems – the Entry-Exit System (EES), the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) and the European Criminal Records Information System for Third Country Nationals (ECRIS-TCN) – as well as the implementation of interoperability between them and the pre-existing eu-LISA managed large-scale IT systems. Together, the new capabilities offered and the new approach to data organisation and information provision constitute a new information architecture at an EU level. As the Agency embarks on the elaboration of this architecture, working closely with Members States, EU Agencies and the wider stakeholder community, the time is right to reflect on how work can be best carried out and to define desirable milestones and outcomes that best fulfil the set goals of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of internal-security related efforts.</p><p>"Interoperability is a political and senior level commitment to ensure that our services work together and complement each other to address EU citizen concerns on internal security, migration and the management of external borders. It`s time to bring down artificial silos and change the way law enforcement officers, border guards and migration officers work and cooperate. Some time ago Winston Churchill said 'a pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, while an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty'. The implementation of interoperability is not an easy task. But I am an optimist and firmly believe that it provides us with an opportunity to make Europe stronger and safer" states Krum Garkov, eu-LISA's Executive Director.</p><p>Keynote speakers also include Ilkka Salmi, Permanent Secretary to the Finnish Ministry of the Interior, Matthias Oel, Director for Borders, Interoperability and Innovation, DG HOME, European Commission and Mart Helme, Estonian Minister of the Interior. Experts from EU Agencies as well as from the public and private sectors from Europe and beyond, will share their knowledge and expertise.</p><p>"Europe's security functions require interoperable information systems. It is important to secure the legal framework and funding with the support of the Commission to the Member States," says Mr Ilkka Salmi, Permanent Secretary to the Finnish Ministry of the Interior.</p><p>Online web-streaming will be provided during the conference at <a href=""></a> and a Twitter-wall will be available to enable interactive participation from all locations.<br></p><p><br></p><p><strong></strong></p><p><strong></strong></p><p><strong>Links:</strong></p><p>Press release: <a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Documents/eu-LISA%20Conference%202019%20PR%20EN.pdf">PDF</a></p><p>Conference website: <a href=""></a></p><p>Speakers: <a href=""></a></p><p>Twitter: <a href=""></a></p><p><em>Hashtags : #EULISAnewIA • #eulisaconference • #eu2019fi</em></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Contact: </strong></p><p><a href=""></a><br></p>
Today we placed the cornerstone of the new Information architecture for the Justice and Home Affairs domain we placed the cornerstone of the new Information architecture for the Justice and Home Affairs domain16/05/2019 21:00:00<p>​After almost two years of the most extensive and thorough preparatory work the European Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (eu-LISA) and the winning tenderer – an <em>IBM Belgium BVBA, Atos Belgium NV and Leonardo S.p.a.</em> consortium - formalised the launch of the Framework Contract for the implementation and maintenance in working order of a new IT system, the Entry/Exit System (EES).  <br></p><p><em>"Today we reached a significant milestone for not only eu-LISA but Europe by large, signalling the end of the discussions phase and the beginning of implementation which will have an EU wide impact on border management and internal security. This is how our Agency starts building the solid foundations of a new information architecture in the Justice and Home Affairs domain, which will bring a range of new and extended capabilities for EU Member States and will facilitate a strong and timely response to the present challenges in the areas of border management and internal security that concern all EU citizens. We cannot accomplish all this alone though. We need strong partners as well as close and constructive cooperation with them. We are delighted that today, after years of dedication and hard work by our teams, to have found knowledgeable and experienced partners that I believe are capable of delivering under challenging deadlines and a complex scope of work, assisting eu-LISA to achieve a timely implementation of the Entry/ Exit System for the EU,</em>" emphasised Krum GARKOV, eu-LISA's Executive Director, during the kick-off meeting at the Agency's operational site in Strasbourg, France.</p><p>The EES is one of the IT systems foreseen to shape the EU's new IT architecture that will contribute to the modernisation of external border management, help Member States deal with ever increasing number of travellers to the EU without having to increase the number of border guards as well as reinforce internal security and the fight against terrorism and serious crime. EES will electronically register third-country nationals visiting the Schengen area for a short stay. It aims to facilitate border checks, reduce delays and ensure reliable identification of over-stayers. The main users of the new IT system will be EU Member States' dedicated and competent authorities and Europol with a view to preventing, detecting and investigating terrorism as well as perpetrators or victims of crime. The European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) will have access to EES in order to consult specific data when risk analyses and vulnerability assessments are to be carried out.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>New Service Lines for eu-LISA</strong></p><p>The Agency initiated the preparatory work related to the implementation of the EES back in 2016, in parallel with the process of the adoption of the legal proposal. This approach proved to be efficient and allowed for a smooth implementation of EES, as soon as its legal base entered into force at the end of 2017. Being a centre of excellence in the field of development and management of large-scale IT systems, the Agency is now responsible for implementing all the activities related to the development, implementation and operational management of the central EES as well as connecting Member State border infrastructures to the central EES. This will be done by the National Uniform Interface (NUI), which is identical across all Member States as it is based on common technical specifications. eu-LISA will not only develop this interface but also coordinate the  integration of the NUI by the Member States at their national level. In addition, eu-LISA is to host the other external interface of EES – the Web Service (WS) – which is to provide services to third country nationals wishing to verify their authorised length of stay. The WS will function also as a carriers' gateway to check if third country nationals with a short visa, issued for one or two entries, has already reached the number of entries authorized by the visa, or not. Both, the NUI and the WS, are new types of services which eu-LISA has not offered before. </p><p>The overall ceiling of the EES Framework Contract is slightly over euro 142,000,000 for a maximum period of six years. </p><p><strong><br></strong></p><p><strong>Background:</strong></p><p><strong>About eu-LISA</strong></p><ul><li>Since its establishment in 2011 and start of operation on 1 December 2012, the Agency has been a key stakeholder in the JHA domain and an essential part of, and net contributor to, the normal functioning of the Schengen Area. It has proven itself to be a reliable provider of operational services for the systems entrusted to it, making the systems operational 24/7 uninterruptedly and providing direct access to 28 Member States, 4 Associated Countries and selected JHA Agencies. It continuously evolves its systems to better serve end-user needs and meet changing policy demands. </li><li>The Agency ensures the operational management of the <em>European Dactyloscopy</em> Database (<strong>Eurodac</strong>), the Schengen Information System (<strong>SIS</strong>) and the Visa Information System (<strong>VIS</strong>) and their respective communication infrastructures. In the coming years, <strong>the existing systems will be renewed/upgraded and new systems</strong>, namely the Entry/Exit System (<strong>EES</strong>), the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (<strong>ETIAS</strong>) and the European Criminal Records Information System for Third County Nationals (<strong>ECRIS-TCN</strong>) <strong>will be developed and enter into operation</strong>.</li><li>Further to the evolution and development of individual systems, <strong>interoperability of large-scale IT systems</strong> will also be developed and implemented. Interoperability and its components, namely the Common Identity Repository, the European Search Portal, the shared Biometric Matching Service, the Multiple Identity Detector and the Central Repository for Reporting and Statistics, will provide modern solutions to IT services.</li><li>The headquarters of the Agency are located in Tallinn, Estonia; its operational site is in Strasbourg, France and it has a liaison office is in Brussels, Belgium. </li></ul><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Links:</strong></p><p>Website: <a href="/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a> </p><p>Social media: <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Twitter</span></a>; <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Facebook</span></a>; <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">LinkedIn</span></a>; <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">YouTube</span></a></p><p>Press release: <a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Documents/2019-EES-Kickoff.pdf"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">PDF</span></a></p><p>EES promotional video: <a href="/Newsroom/VideoGallery/Pages/Detail.aspx?VID=164"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Enhanced Security with the Entry/ Exit System</span></a></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Contact: </strong></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><a href=""></a></span></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span> </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span> </p>
eu-LISA Industry Roundtable Focuses on Seamless Border Crossings Industry Roundtable Focuses on Seamless Border Crossings23/04/2019 21:00:00<p></p><p>On 24 April 2019 eu-LISA (the European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice) is hosting an Industry Roundtable entitled "Making EU land and sea border crossings seamless and secure - operational solutions" in Bucharest, Romania. The event is organised under the auspices of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU. The roundtable focuses on the work of the Member State Working Group on Land and Sea Borders convened under the Entry-Exit System (EES) Advisory Group and explorse the group's findings and proposals on how expedited crossings of vehicles and pedestrians can be managed. The event brings together more than 100 representatives of the global border management and security industry to discuss legislative requirements, processes and technologies.<br></p><p> <br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/201904rt1.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;max-width:85%;" /> <br></p><p>The Member State Working Group has examined and reported on requirements for practical technological solutions that can be deployed at land and sea borders in a unified way (<a href="">Download the Report</a>). The solutions should ensure the fulfilment of all EES requirements, particularly those connected with the enrolment and use of biometrics, while taking into account the limited time available for border control. In this manner, the solutions should be consistent with those already managed by eu-LISA in that they support Member States to ensure security while boosting efficiency. <br></p><p>"Today, for the 10<sup>th</sup> time, eu-LISA will facilitate a dialogue between the public sector and the industry. This round table comes at the right moment to contribute to the ongoing process of digitisation of border management. At the same time, considering the fast progress made towards implementation of EES, one thing is very clear - the time for theoretical discussions is over. Now we need practical and efficient solutions to enable seamless deployment of EES at land and sea borders of the EU. I believe that we will get lots of insights on them today.I am convinced also that the outcomes of discussions today, considering the huge work done by the Agency and the Member States to prepare this round table and the strong support from the Romanian Presidency, will contribute significantly to the successful implementation of EES", said Krum Garkov, Executive Director of eu-LISA.</p><p>Industry representatives will propose practical workflow solutions, outlining their views on how consultation of large-scale IT systems, biometric sample enrolment and verification as well as other necessary steps can be effectively accomplished.</p><p>On behalf of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Carmen Daniela Dan, Minister of Home Affairs,  states that "Today's event will bring together both practitioners from law enforcement, including IT&C experts, and industry representatives with the aim of finding feasible solutions to the challenges that must be dealt with at the external borders. With the increasing mobility of persons and goods when emerging threats such as terrorism and organised crime are part of everyday life, we need to ensure the right balance between open and easy to cross, while at the same time secured and controlled borders. Law enforcement authorities must be provided with the necessary tools to prevent and combat all threats, to cope with any challenges that may arise, including through adequate IT&C solutions that are essential in ensuring effective border and migration management."<br></p><p>Presenters and speakers will include the European Commission, DG Migration and Home Affairs, the Chairperson of the EES Advisory Group as well as representatives of companies IN Groupe, IDEMIA, SITA, Secunet, Deloitte and Vancouver International Airport.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Background:</strong></p><p><strong>About eu-LISA</strong></p><p>The European Union Agency eu-LISA, established in 2011, manages large-scale information systems in the area of freedom, security and justice. It currently operates three large-scale systems, namely Eurodac, the Schengen Information System (SIS) and the Visa Information System (VIS), ensuring optimal service to end users and continuously evolving the systems to meet new needs. The Agency therewith supports the implementation of the EU's border management, migration and internal security policies. <br></p><p>The Agency is currently planning technical solutions to bring the systems towards interoperability with the final adoption of the legal basis expected in the near future. This means that authorised users such as police officers, migration officials and border guards will have faster, seamless and more systematic access to the information they need to do their jobs.</p><p>eu-LISA has also been entrusted to develop  and  subsequently manage The European Entry Exit System (EES) and the European Travel Information Authorisation System (ETIAS). Both systems will also be integrated into the interoperability framework as will the European Criminal Records Information System – Third Country Nationals (ECRIS-TCN) once the respective legislation is completed.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>eu-LISA Industry Roundtables and Workshops</strong></p><p>The Agency has a proud history of hosting and running events targeted at industry that have focused mainly on solutions and proposals aimed at facilitating and advancing the technical aspects of eu-LISA's core business. Starting in 2014 with close to 50 participants, this bi-annual event has grown both in size and scope over the years with more than 100 industry, national ministry and law enforcement representatives registered for the current edition. </p><p> <br></p><p><strong>Links:</strong></p><p>Roundtable website: <a href=""></a>   </p><p>WG Report: <a href=""></a></p><p>Twitter: <a href=""></a></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Contact:</strong></p><p><a href=""></a><br></p>
eu-LISA Inaugurates Its Operational Site’s New Building’s-New-Building.aspxeu-LISA Inaugurates Its Operational Site’s New Building20/11/2018 13:30:00<p>Today eu-LISA celebrates its renovated site in Strasbourg with an inauguration event to thank those who provided the Agency with a modern working environment. Representatives from the French government, eu-LISA's governing bodies, EU institutions, EU Agencies, the local government, as well as eu-LISA's staff will take part in the festive event at 18 rue de la Faisanderie.</p><p><strong>Executive Director Krum Garkov said</strong>: <em>"Today sets a landmark for eu-LISA activities that are at the heart of the EU's internal security policies. This is where the Agency manages its large-scale IT systems that help safeguard, amongst others, Europe's borders. When the first building was built on these premises back in the 1990s, it could accommodate roughly 40 people. Now, we can say we are close to handling the ever growing need for specialists in the field, as the site is now sized for up to 5 times that capacity. It was not an easy task to get where we are today, but the hard work and dedication of all those involved has paid off</em><em>".</em></p><p><em><br></em></p><p>Read the full <a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Documents/eu-LISA%20SXB%20PR%20EN.pdf">press release</a>.​</p><p><br></p><p><img src="/Newsroom/PressRelease/PublishingImages/SXB.jpg" alt="SXB.jpg (1572×888)" style="margin:5px;width:786px;" /><br></p>