Visit of Estonian President to eu-LISA

​​​President ILVES meets today the Executive Director of eu-LISA Mr GARKOV to discuss operational management issues of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice, in the headquarters of the Agency, in Tallinn.

The President of the Republic of Estonia Toomas Hendrik ILVES makes a visit to the European agency for the operation management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice (eu-LISA). The President is greeted by the Executive Director, Krum Garkov and the Agency's management. In the course of the visit the President and the Executive Director will exchange views on the progress of the Agency during its first year of operations and its future priorities.

"I am pleased to welcome President Ilves in eu-LISA and would like to thank him for his support and interest in the daily work and the vision for future of the Agency. It is a great honour to us and a clear sign of high level support Estonia attributes to the Agency. The goal of eu-LISA is to be the EU ICT technology centre of excellence and expertise hub in its area and through modern IT-solutions support EU's asylum, migration and border management policies. I am delighted to discuss the first year achievements of eu-LISA with President Ilves today, in Tallinn," emphasised Mr Garkov.

President Ilves is also introduced to the staff of eu-LISA in Tallinn. He delivers a short speech and makes a tour in the current premises of the Agency, which is located in the EU House in Tallinn.


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 site in Sankt Johann im Pongau (Austria). 

The Agency started its operations on 1 December 2012.

The Agency is managed and represented by the Executive Director Mr Krum Garkov, who came to office on 1 November 2012. Mr Garkov has more than 15 years of cross-cultural experiences spanning the public and private sectors.


Communication and Information Officer