Estonian Prime Minister visits eu-LISA


Executive Director of eu-LISA Mr Krum GARKOV and Prime Minister of the Republic of Estonian Mr Taavi Rõivas meet on 13 June in the headquarters of the European Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice (eu-LISA), in Tallinn.

In the course of the visit the Executive Director and the Prime Minster exchange views on the progress of the Agency during its first year of operation, its medium- and long-term strategic priorities and contribution of eu-LISA to the legal proposal of the Commission on the Smart Borders programme. The Agency will lead a pilot project in 2015 investigating the technical possibilities for implementing the related systems.

"Estonia is known world-wide for technological and human readiness to adopt innovative solutions and eu-LISA is reinforcing this image on its own side. The goal of eu-LISA is to grow as the principal EU ICT technology centre and expertise hub in its area. Through modern IT-solutions and services we contribute to the success of EU's policies in the area of justice and home affairs. Estonia is an inspiring environment to our Agency and I am very happy to discuss current and future progress in the area of common interest with Prime Minister Rõivas,"emphasised Mr Garkov

Prime Minister Rõivas is also addresses the staff of eu-LISA and makes a tour in the current premises of the Agency, which are located in the European Union House.


  • The European Agency (eu-LISA) has been established to manage large scale information systems in the area of freedom, security and justice.  It fulfils the operational management tasks for the second generation Schengen Information System (SIS II), Visa Information System (VIS) and EURODAC. The Agency thereby supports the implementation of the EU's border management, asylum and migration policies.

  • The headquarters is in Tallinn (Estonia) while the operational management is carried out in Strasbourg (France) with a backup technical site in Sankt Johann im Pongau (Austria). 

  • The Agency started its operations on 1 December 2012.

  • eu-LISA is managed and represented by the Executive Director Mr Krum Garkov, who came to office on 1 November 2012.

Communication and Information Officer