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Forum on the implementation of the new architecture for EU information systems for borders, migration and securityhttps://www.eulisa.europa.eu/Newsroom/PressRelease/Pages/Forum-implementation-new-architecture-EU-information-systems-borders-migration-security.aspxForum on the implementation of the new architecture for EU information systems for borders, migration and security26/05/2020 21:00:00<p>Today eu-LISA is attending the third high-level forum on the implementation of the new architecture of EU information systems for borders, migration and security, organised by the European Commission's DG Home. The Executive Director of eu-LISA, Krum GARKOV, provides an update on the work progress regarding the new IT systems EES and ETIAS as well as Interoperability.<br></p><p>Together with the EU Member States, Schengen associated countries, representatives of EU Institutions and EU Agencies acting in the area of justice and home affairs, eu-LISA will discuss the state of play of implementing the new IT architectures, in the context of the COVID-19 situation. </p><p>"<em>Work with the new systems and interoperability is in progress thanks to very good cooperation with the Commission, the Member States and the other JHA Agencies, despite the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. eu-LISA works hard to adhere to their implementation timelines. However, this is possible only through the joint efforts of all stakeholders and their ability to follow the challenging implementation schedule. </em></p><p><em>We should also remember that these projects are not just big technical initiatives but are a substantial part of the EU's response to the demand of EU citizens for more efficient border management and stronger internal security.</em>" emphasised Krum GARKOV.</p><p>The initiative behind forums on the new IT architecture was launched by the European Commission's DG Home with the aim of ensuring coherent, transparent and mutually supportive joint EU implementation efforts as well as to establish a platform for regular meetings with all the stakeholders. This allows all participants to focus on the state and progress of preparations, understand and identify in a timely manner any problems and define solutions or support measures where needed. </p><p>Given the ongoing confinement measures across Europe, the current forum is being held using a videoconference facility.  </p><h2>Background:</h2><p>The Entry/Exit System is a new large-scale IT system currently being developed by eu-LISA to enable the recording of entry and exit of third country nationals (TCN) to and from the Schengen Area. The system aims at modernising and increasing automation at border controls, strengthening internal security and fighting terrorism and organised crime.</p><p>ETIAS is a new IT system for EU border management currently being developed by eu-LISA, which will improve the security and safety aspects of travelling to or through the Schengen Area. Once operational, ETIAS will require that all visa-exempt third country nationals planning to travel to the Schengen Area apply for pre-travel authorisation online.</p><p>Interoperability will address existing gaps in the JHA domain's information architecture. It is a part of the EU's response to the demands of citizens for a more efficient management of external borders and stronger internal security. Interoperability will bring improved access to information stored in EU information systems and identity management at an EU level.</p><p>The overall objective of these initiatives is to establish a new information architecture for border management and internal security in the EU, which will facilitate a more efficient management of the Union's external borders and stronger internal security.</p><h2>Links: </h2><p><a href="https://discover.eulisa.europa.eu/">discover.eulisa.europa.eu</a> – interactive eu-LISA Awareness-Package</p><p><a href="https://eulisa.europa.eu/">https://eulisa.europa.eu</a> – Corporate Website<br></p><h2>Videos:<br></h2><ul><li><p><a href="https://youtu.be/R3eMq2yFe0c">Enhanced Security with the Entry/Exit System</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://youtu.be/orrBJiXAcSU">ETIAS: Simplifying Travel to the EU</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://youtu.be/JcYk0Ld2gus">Achieving Interoperability for a Safer Europe</a></p></li></ul><h2>Contacts: </h2><p><a href="mailto:press@eulisa.europa.eu">press@eulisa.europa.eu</a><br></p><p><br></p>
eu-LISA Governance Meetings go Digitalhttps://www.eulisa.europa.eu/Newsroom/PressRelease/Pages/eu-LISA-Governance-Meetings-go-Digital.aspxeu-LISA Governance Meetings go Digital06/04/2020 21:00:00<p>The ongoing pandemic has triggered the need for changes to the way business is conducted both locally and on a global scale. eu-LISA and its key stakeholders have swiftly introduced all the necessary means to guarantee business continuity. Teleworking has quickly become the new norm for many. However, the particularity of our 24/7 operational requirements, means that eu-LISA manages the required on-site tasks, while applying all the health and safety rules as foreseen by the national authorities of the countries where our operations are performed, and handles various administrative and organisational tasks remotely via teleworking.</p><p>Video conferencing has been in practice at eu-LISA since its inception. With the Agency located in different physical sites, it is not exceptional for staff members to have several "VC Meetings" in a single day. It is part of our business specifics and organisational culture to discuss and plan as well as solve problems with colleagues sitting in meeting rooms situated in Tallinn, Strasbourg and/or Brussels.</p><p>The management and governance of eu-LISA's ongoing large-scale IT systems development projects, namely the Entry/Exit System (EES), the European Travel Information Authorisation System (ETIAS), the European Criminal Records Information System – Third Country Nationals (ECRIS-TCN) and the foreseen Interoperability between these and pre-existing (Eurodac, SIS and VIS) systems has not been put on stand-by. Given that face-to-face meetings cannot be held today due to both health concerns and travel restrictions, governance meetings have gone digital.</p><p>The first fully online joint meeting of the Programme Management Boards (PMB) for EES, ETIAS and Interoperability was held on the 26th of March with 30 delegates all dialling in from their homes or offices to a virtual meeting room hosted by eu-LISA. 1oo% of the regular attendees took part and the meeting produced important outcomes that need to be considered in the further development of the systems.</p><p>Progress in projects that are key to Europe's internal security and border management cannot be put on hold. Hence, the scheduled upcoming governance meetings concerning the IT systems run by eu-LISA, will all be held as planned in video conferencing format. These include five individual meetings in April and eleven in May. All Advisory Groups and PMBs as well as the Audit, Compliance and Finance Committee (ACFC) and the Management Board Coordination Group meetings will take place online for the foreseeable future. eu-LISA is and will be operational to provide uninterrupted services to the Member States and to discuss and plan with them as well as with our partner Agencies all the questions on our agendas. </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Background:</strong></p><p><strong>About eu-LISA</strong></p><p>The European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (eu-LISA) was established in 2011 in order to provide a long-term solution for the EU internal security and to support the implementation of asylum, migration and border management policies. Since then, eu-LISA has run Eurodac, SIS and VIS and has been providing Member State authorities with the expert training needed to help them with the constant exchange of information across Europe. Thanks to the trust eu-LISA has fostered over the years, we are now developing EES, ETIAS and ECRIS-TCN and ensuring interoperability between all six IT-systems, in order to take EU internal security and border management to the next level.</p><p>The headquarters of eu-LISA are in Tallinn, Estonia, whilst its operational centre is in Strasbourg, France. There is also a technical business continuity site based in Sankt Johann im Pongau, Austria and a Liaison Office in Brussels, Belgium.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>Website: <a href="/">https://www.eulisa.europa.eu/</a> </p><p>Social media: <a href="https://twitter.com/EULISA_agency">Twitter</a>; <a href="https://www.facebook.com/agencyeulisa/">Facebook</a>; <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/company/eu-lisa">LinkedIn</a>; <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGAXymjo8D1kXESrcbGqRKw">YouTube</a></p><p><strong>Contact: </strong></p><p><a href="mailto:press@eulisa.europa.eu">press@eulisa.europa.eu</a><br></p><p><br></p>
Luca Tagliaretti takes up office in eu-LISAhttps://www.eulisa.europa.eu/Newsroom/PressRelease/Pages/Luca-Tagliaretti-takes-up-office.aspxLuca Tagliaretti takes up office in eu-LISA16/03/2020 15:00:00<p>Today Luca TAGLIARETTI joins eu-LISA as the Deputy Executive Director of the European Union Agency that manages and operates the large-scale IT systems in the EU's freedom, security and justice domain.<br></p><p>Mr Tagliaretti has more than 20 years of experience working in European Institutions and International Organisations. From 2011, until taking up the DED post at eu-LISA, Mr Tagliaretti led the Technical Centre of the Central Bank's Counterfeit Deterrence Group (CBCDG), a global association of major central banks that supports and deploys technologies that deter the use of digital equipment to counterfeit currencies. During this period, he was responsible for the ICT strategy of the CBCDG and coordinated a number of large-scale projects including establishing secure global databases and initiatives to build and reinforce synergies between central banks and law enforcement agencies. Prior to that, Mr Tagliaretti worked as a Senior Expert at the European Central Bank, involved in a range of activities and a variety of roles. His principle focus was on setting the common quality and technical standards for banknote production.</p><p>In his new role in eu-LISA, Mr Tagliaretti will be part of the eu-LISA´s top management decision-making to advance the Agency further in its enlarged role supporting the Member States.</p><p>"In this critical time, more than ever, European cooperation is the key for addressing the challenges of our interconnected society. In this respect, the work of eu-LISA is essential for guaranteeing the functioning of the Schengen area and for the protection of our external borders. I look forward to working closely with the dedicated and professional staff of the Agency in building a safer Europe"</p><p>Mr Tagliaretti holds an Engineering Degree from the Polytechnic of Milan, a Master´s Degree from the School of Management of the Polytechnic of Milan (MIP) and an MBA from Oxford Brookes University. He has also completed the Advanced Leadership and Management Programme (OALMP) at Saïd Business School, Oxford University and the Program of Negotiation (PON) at Harvard.<br></p><p> <br> </p><h2>Background</h2><p>About eu-LISA:</p><p>The European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (eu-LISA) was established in 2011 in order to provide a long-term solution for the EU internal security and to support the implementation of asylum, migration and border management policies. Since then, eu-LISA has run Eurodac, SIS and VIS and has been providing Member State authorities with the expert training needed to help them with the constant exchange of information across Europe. Thanks to the trust eu-LISA has fostered over the years, we are now developing EES, ETIAS and ECRIS-TCN and ensuring interoperability between all six IT-systems, in order to take EU internal security and border management to the next level.</p><p>The headquarters of eu-LISA is in Tallinn, Estonia, whilst its operational centre is in Strasbourg, France. There is also a technical business continuity site based in Sankt Johann im Pongau, Austria and a Liaison Office in Brussels, Belgium.</p><p> <br></p><p>Website: <a href="/">https://www.eulisa.europa.eu/</a><br></p><p>Social media: <a href="https://twitter.com/EULISA_agency">Twitter</a>; <a href="https://www.facebook.com/agencyeulisa">Facebook</a>; <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/company/eu-lisa">LinkedIn</a>; <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGAXymjo8D1kXESrcbGqRKw">YouTube</a></p><p>Contact: <a href="mailto::press@eulisa.europa.eu">press@eulisa.europa.eu</a> <br></p>
Sixth eu-LISA Annual Meeting with JHA Counsellorshttps://www.eulisa.europa.eu/Newsroom/PressRelease/Pages/Sixth-eu-LISA-Annual-Meeting-with-JHA-Counsellors.aspxSixth eu-LISA Annual Meeting with JHA Counsellors03/03/2020 22:00:00<p>Today eu-LISA hosts one of its main annual briefing for its key stakeholders -  the Justice and Home Affairs Counsellors of EU Member States and representatives of JHA Agencies.  The purpose of the meeting is to bring delegates up to speed on the results, progress and plans the Agency has achieved over the last year and set out for the near future. The briefing takes place in the Liaison Office of the Agency in Brussels.<br></p><p><img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/20200304_jha.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:640px;height:365px;" />Topics to be presented and discussed will include the state of play and evolution of the existing EU Large Scale IT Systems for Security, Border Management and Migration: Eurodac, SIS and VIS as well as the latest on the implementation of the new systems in eu-LISA's portfolio (ETIAS, EES and ECRIS-TCN) and their respective Interoperability. Further to these, achievements and milestones reached in 2019 highlight that all systems ran without major interruptions and were available for over 99% of the time. The concrete progress achieved by both the SIS Expert Group and the SIS recast Project Management Forum will be illustrated as will the initial work on the second AFIS phase.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In the afternoon an open discussion took place to identify areas in which eu-LISA can increase its contribution to Member States, look into the possibilities that innovation can bring in the context of Interoperability, the further digitalisation of the JHA domain and the Agency's part in the implementation of the new Pact on Migration and Asylum as well as its role in strengthening the Security Union.<br></p><p>"The aspiration of the Agency is to develop further our common capabilities, at central and at national level, to turn the data that we have into meaningful information. The next step, once we have reliable and comprehensive information, is to find the best way to take that information to the officers on the ground in order to enable them to make the right decisions" explained eu-LISA's Executive Director, Krum Garkov.<br></p><p>Annual meetings with key stakeholders are always very productive and boost eu-LISA's constructive relations with Member States and partners. Building strong connections is of utmost importance to the Agency and vital to the successfully delivery of Europe's new Justice and Home Affairs IT architecture on time.</p><p><strong><br></strong></p><p><strong>Background:</strong></p><p><strong>About eu-LISA</strong></p><p>The European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (eu-LISA) was established in 2011 in order to provide a long-term solution for the EU internal security and to support the implementation of asylum, migration and border management policies. Since then, eu-LISA has run Eurodac, SIS and VIS and has been providing Member State authorities with the expert training needed to help them with the constant exchange of information across Europe. Thanks to the trust eu-LISA has fostered over the years, we are now developing EES, ETIAS and ECRIS-TCN and ensuring interoperability between all six IT-systems, in order to take EU internal security and border management to the next level.</p><p>The headquarters of eu-LISA is in Tallinn, Estonia, whilst its operational centre is in Strasbourg, France. There is also a technical business continuity site based in Sankt Johann im Pongau, Austria and a Liaison Office in Brussels, Belgium.<br></p><p><br></p><p>Website: <a href="/">https://www.eulisa.europa.eu/</a> </p><p>Social media: <a href="https://twitter.com/EULISA_agency">Twitter</a>; <a href="https://www.facebook.com/agencyeulisa/">Facebook</a>; <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/company/eu-lisa">LinkedIn</a>; <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGAXymjo8D1kXESrcbGqRKw">YouTube</a></p><p> </p><p><strong>Contact: </strong></p><p><a href="mailto:press@eulisa.europa.eu">press@eulisa.europa.eu</a><br></p>