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eu-LISA nominated for EU Public Sector Award 2021 nominated for EU Public Sector Award 202128/11/2021 22:00:00<p style="text-align:left;">The headquarters building of eu-LISA in Tallinn, Estonia has been awarded the second place in the 'Green' category at the European Public Sector Award (EPSA) 2021 competition, which took place today in Maastricht.<br></p><p style="text-align:left;">The Agency's headquarters is an innovative building which combines modern and ergonomic collaboration spaces in a green and sustainable infrastructure.  "<em>With its unique approach, the eu-LISA headquarters help foster cultural change for greener public administration services and are an inspiring example for other EU and national public bodies. We are very grateful to EPSA for the acknowledgement that recognises the work done by the Agency and its staff and encourages us to do even better in the future</em>", said <strong>the Deputy Executive Director of eu-LISA, Luca Tagliaretti</strong>.<br></p><p style="text-align:left;">The headquarters were built throughout 2017 and 2018 by the Estonian State Real Estate Ltd (RKAS) and by the construction company Fund Ehitus and designed specifically to host eu-LISA. </p><p style="text-align:left;"><em>"This </em><em>project is an example of a truly efficient and effective collaboration at European level. It was possible thanks to the open, transparent, engaged and creative collaboration between the Estonian government, eu-LISA, the city of Tallinn and the construction companies</em>", added Tagliaretti.</p><p style="text-align:left;">eu-LISA looks even further and sets new ambitious goals to continue exploring, testing and introducing new technologies and materials for greener public administration in Europe at its premises in Tallinn and Strasbourg. With the help of EIPA, the Agency plans to create a common EU knowledge management platform for public administrations across the EU. This platform will be instrumental in sharing experience and best practice in the area of digital resource management, the use of new technological solutions and materials as well as capacity building and change management.</p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Background</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;">The EPSA 2021 project is designed to support the EU's public administration sector with the adoption of innovative and smart approaches to the design, planning and implementation of reform policies across a range of areas. In the final stage of the competition the three best projects in three categories (Innovation, Green and Digital) were announced. The Europe-wide award scheme has been organised every two years since 2009 by the European Institute of Public Administration (<a href="">EIPA</a>).</p><p style="text-align:left;">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 IT-driven internal security and to support the implementation of asylum, migration and border management policies in Europe. Since then, eu-LISA has run <a href="">Eurodac</a>, <a href="">SIS</a> and <a href="">VIS</a> 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 <a href="">EES</a>, <a href="">ETIAS</a> and <a href="">ECRIS-TCN</a> and ensuring interoperability between all six IT-systems, in order to take EU internal security and border management to the next level.</p><ul style="text-align:left;"><li>eu-LISA new HQ - <a href="/Newsroom/VideoGallery/Pages/Detail.aspx?VID=123">Cornerstone Ceremony</a> 29.09.2017</li><li>eu-LISA HQ <a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Pages/eu-LISA-Headquarters-Now-in-a-Smart-New-House.aspx">inauguration</a> 19.08.2018</li><li>"<a href="">Our bonds are our strengths</a>"</li><li>Press release: <a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Documents/20211129_EPSA_EN.pdf">English</a> • <a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Documents/20211129_EPSA_ET.pdf">Estonian</a></li></ul><p style="text-align:left;"><strong></strong><strong>Contact</strong><br></p><p><a href=""></a><br><br></p><div><img src="/Newsroom/PressRelease/PublishingImages/HQ.jpg" alt="HQ.jpg (1080×720)" style="margin:5px;width:786px;" /><div style="text-align:left;"><em>eu-LISA's headquarters in Tallinn</em><br></div></div><p><br></p>
EU Justice and Home Affairs Agencies Present their 2021 Key Achievements Justice and Home Affairs Agencies Present their 2021 Key Achievements21/11/2021 22:00:00<p>Today, 22 November 2021, the nine European Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Agencies came together to wrap up the activities of the network in 2021 and present its key achievements. The event also gathered high-level representatives from the <a href="">European Commission</a>, <a href="">European Parliament</a>, <a href="">European External Action Service</a>, the <a href="">General Secretariat of the Council</a>, as well as the current Slovenian Presidency of the Council and the upcoming French one.<br></p><p>This year, under the Frontex presidency of the network, the agencies focused on two strategic EU priorities – contributing to the European Green Deal and digitalisation.</p><p>In a series of events throughout the year, the agencies discussed the impact of climate change on migration and organised crime, looked at EU and international efforts in fighting environmental crimes, presented and exchanged ideas about how to make their administrations carbon-neutral and digital solutions that will make the agencies more effective.</p><p>The meeting also offered an opportunity to discuss the latest developments, tasks and challenges ahead of the agencies.<img src="/Newsroom/PressRelease/PublishingImages/JHAA%20Envicrime.png" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /> </p><p>EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson and Executive Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans addressed the participants of the event.<br></p><p>“Today at the annual meeting of the heads of the Justice and Home Affairs Agencies I shared my assessment of the current political situation and common priorities for next year. Warm thanks to all the heads of JHA Agencies for their essential work to maintain and strengthen the European area of freedom, security and justice”, said EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson.<br></p><p>During the meeting, the heads of the nine JHA agencies signed a joint statement on the EU Green Deal, reaffirming their commitment to contribute to a safer and cleaner environment by undertaking activities ranging from operational to administrative actions, within limits of their respective mandates.</p><p>Below key achievements of the network this year:</p><ul><li> <a href="">Seminar on environmental crime</a>;</li><li> <a href="">Seminar "Understanding the Influence of climate change on Justice and Home Affairs" </a></li><li> <a href="">Research study for European Border and Coast Guard (EBCG) and Frontex with a focus on green solutions – "How our community can become greener?" </a></li><li> <a href="">Seminar on "How to make the JHA Agencies administrations carbon neutral by 2030?"</a></li><li><a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Documents/JHA_Envicrime.pdf">Joint paper of fighting environmental crime</a><br></li></ul><p>eu-LISA plays a key role with regard to digitalisation. The ongoing process of making border management and internal security processes more digital and interoperable is our core business. The development of new IT systems, and the revision of existing ones, leads to a safer and more secure Europe for all its citizens.<br></p><p>Established in 2010, the JHA Agencies' Network connects the EU Agencies protecting the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice. It includes nine agencies: <a href="">CEPOL</a>, <a href="">EASO</a>, <a href="">EIGE</a>, <a href="">EMCDDA</a>, <a href="/">eu-LISA</a>, <a href="">Eurojust</a>, <a href="">Europol</a>, <a href="">FRA</a> and <a href="">Frontex</a>. Together, they contribute to the implementation of EU objectives in the fields of migration, asylum and external border management, the fight against serious organised crime, drug trafficking and terrorism, gender equality and respect for fundamental rights.</p><p>In 2022, CEPOL, EU's agency for law enforcement training, takes over the Presidency of the Network. </p><h2>Further Reading<br></h2><ul><li> <a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Documents/JHA%20Joint%20Statement%20on%20the%20EU%20Green%20Deal.pdf">Joint statement by the Heads of JHA Agencies on the EU Green Deal</a><br></li><li> <a href="">JHAAN Coordination and joint actions</a><br></li></ul>
eu-LISA to Host a High-Level Conference - Towards the Digital Schengen Area to Host a High-Level Conference - Towards the Digital Schengen Area25/10/2021 21:00:00<p style="text-align:left;">On 27 October 2021, <a href="/">eu-LISA</a> will host its 8<sup>th</sup> Annual Conference, <strong><em>"Towards the Digital Schengen Area"</em></strong>. </p><p style="text-align:left;">The event is organised in cooperation with the <a href="">Slovenian Presidency</a> of the Council of the European Union. High-level politicians and experts in the Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) domain will closely look at the progress of creating through innovation a new, modern gateway at European external borders. The discussions will focus on the novel digital solutions that improve travel experiences and assist in border management.</p><p style="text-align:left;">The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has sparked new initiatives, including vaccination certificates and medical tests, all of which are affecting traditional border checks. The conference will address the lessons learnt, as well as the shortcomings encountered deploying modern technologies at external borders. Panellists will also tackle questions related to risk assessments and possible improvements in the model of intelligence gathering that will influence the next generation of the Schengen Area's invisible borders.</p><p style="text-align:left;">The speaker line-up will include high-level decision makers from EU Institutions and Agencies as well as from International Organisations and EU Member States. European Commissioner for Home Affairs <strong>Ylva Johansson</strong>, Slovenian Minister of the Interior <strong>Aleš Hojs</strong>, on behalf of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU, as well as <strong>Juan Fernando López Aguilar</strong>, Chair of the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), are among the distinguished keynote speakers at the event.<br></p><p style="text-align:left;">As the digital engine of the Schengen Area, eu-LISA is committed to delivering the new IT systems that are key to ensuring better risk assessments, improved identity management and an overall better set of tools aimed at the fight against organised crime. Interoperability between the systems will be a game-changer and will significantly strengthen the EU's internal security. At the same time, all these elements will have a positive impact in the daily lives of Europe's citizens, enabling smoother border crossings and a better way to cope with present and future challenges.<br></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>The 2021 eu-LISA Annual Conference will be streamed live on </strong><a href=""><strong></strong></a><strong>. Visitors can also follow our dedicated </strong><a href=""><strong>Twitter</strong></a><strong> account for running coverage.</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Background</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>eu-LISA</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;">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 2012 in order to provide a long-term solution for IT-driven internal security and to support the implementation of asylum, migration and border management policies in Europe. Since then, the Agency 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, the Agency is now developing new Europe-wide IT systems - EES, ETIAS and ECRIS-TCN - and ensuring interoperability between all six IT-systems.</p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>eu-LISA Annual Conferences</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;">The Agency has established a solid tradition of organising annual conferences targeted at EU and national level stakeholders and experts. These conferences have grown in scope and partnerships over the years and have become the Agency's flagship event. eu-LISA is proud to have organised several such events in partnership with countries holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The very first conference, with less than 100 participants, has steadily grown over the years, and, in 2020, surpassed 500 participants. This year we expect close to 450 attendants.</p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Links</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;">Conference website: <a href=""></a></p><p style="text-align:left;">Speakers: <a href=""></a></p><p style="text-align:left;">Agenda: <a href=""></a></p><p style="text-align:left;">Dedicated Twitter: <a href=""></a></p><p style="text-align:left;">Hashtags:<em> </em>#DigitalSchengen • #eulisaconference • #ASaferEurope</p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Contact: </strong><a href=""></a></p><p><br></p><p style="text-align:center;line-height:1.7 !important;"><img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/20211027_ac.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="max-width:85%;margin:5px;" /><br></p><p><br></p>
eu-LISA and Eurojust Consolidate Their Cooperation in the Justice Domain and Eurojust Consolidate Their Cooperation in the Justice Domain11/10/2021 11:00:00<p style="text-align:justify;"></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Establishing access for </strong><a href=""><strong>Eurojust</strong></a><strong> to </strong><a href="/"><strong>eu-LISA</strong></a><strong>'s new large-scale IT system ECRIS-TCN, as well as the </strong><a href="/Activities/Interoperability"><strong>Interoperability</strong></a><strong> architecture that will strengthen the Justice and Home Affairs domain, is the foundation of the three-year </strong><a href="/PartnersStakeholders/Documents/CP_Eurojust-eu-LISA.pdf"><strong>Cooperation Plan</strong></a><strong> signed today by eu-LISA Executive Director Krum Garkov and Eurojust President Ladislav Hamran. It also covers future cooperation in the context of the Digital Criminal Justice initiative and e-CODEX, a cross-border judicial tool that will be managed by eu-LISA </strong><a href="/Newsroom/News/Pages/eu-LISA-Extends-its-Portfolio-with-a-New-Large-Scale-IT-System.aspx"><strong>starting 2023</strong></a><strong>. The plan outlines detailed practical modalities of mutual support between the two Agencies.</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Eurojust President Mr. Ladislav Hamran said: <em>"Digitalisation requires cooperation, and Eurojust warmly welcomes the opportunity to join forces with eu-LISA on the important topics addressed in this Cooperation Plan. I am certain that it will prove to be a decisive next step in our shared efforts to bring cross-border judicial cooperation up to the standards of the 21st century."</em></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mr. Krum Garkov, Executive Director of eu-LISA, stated: <em>"Quick and efficient exchange of judicial information is paramount for the future development of the Schengen Area and of the European Union. The Cooperation Plan we sign today – which builds upon the foundation of our long-standing collaboration agreement set up in 2017 – will facilitate both Agencies' efforts in accelerating the digital transformation we are all a part of, and in increasing our contribution to the Member States, with the ultimate goal of providing tangible benefits for EU citizens. We look forward to consolidating our partnership with Eurojust."</em></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="/Activities/Large-Scale-It-Systems/Ecris-Tcn">ECRIS-TCN</a> (European Criminal Records Information System – Third Country Nationals) will be a new, centralised, hit/ no-hit large-scale IT system to supplement the existing EU criminal records database (ECRIS) on non-EU nationals convicted in the European Union. As outlined in the Cooperation Plan, Eurojust will be able to query ECRIS-TCN for identifying the Member States holding criminal records information on a third-country national. Efficient exchange of criminal records information is instrumental in combating cross-border crime. ECRIS-TCN will contribute to implementing the principle of mutual recognition of sentences and judicial decisions in a common area of justice and security where people move freely, such as the Schengen Area.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Digital Criminal Justice initiative consists of a number of concrete measures aimed at further modernising cross-border judicial cooperation in criminal matters. It is one of Eurojust's key priorities and will help to minimise errors caused by the manual handling of data and overcome limitations in the sharing of evidence. As a result, links between existing cases will be identified faster and more efficiently, thereby strengthening the EU's efforts in the fight against organised crime and terrorism. Considering eu-LISA's expertise in the field of large-scale IT systems, cooperation between both agencies on Digital Criminal Justice could be hugely beneficial.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="">e-CODEX</a> aims to improve the efficiency of cross-border communication between European judicial authorities and facilitate access to justice for citizens and businesses. As part of eu-LISA's growing role in the justice domain, the Agency is set to take over operational management of the system as of 1 July 2023.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Cooperation Plan implements in practice the modalities of cooperation set forth in the Eurojust and eu-LISA <a href="/PartnersStakeholders/Documents/MoU_Eurojust_eu-LISA.pdf">Memorandum of Understanding</a> signed in 2017. While the Memorandum of Understanding remains the overarching framework for the two Agencies' collaboration, the Cooperation Plan aims to outline specific actions in more detail, with a view to effectively and efficiently implementation specific actions, enabling eu-LISA and Eurojust to further enhance synergies in the Justice and Home Affairs area.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Eurojust and eu-LISA have also agreed to share expertise and knowledge on ICT-related matters, as well on research priorities and findings. Furthermore, the Agencies may consult each other and exchange know-how on the use of artificial intelligence.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Cooperation Plan also defines principles when it comes to the consultation on strategic and planning documents, the planning and implementing of technical trainings related to SIS, ECRIS-TCN and e-CODEX, and the exchange of lessons learnt in the area of personal data protection, including security by design, data protection by design and by default.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/Newsroom/PressRelease/PublishingImages/20211011.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong><br></strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong><strong style="text-align:justify;">Background</strong></strong><strong style="background-color:rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);"><br></strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (eu-LISA)</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="/Activities/Interoperability">eu-LISA</a> was established in 2011 in order to provide a long-term solution for IT-driven internal security and to support the implementation of asylum, migration and border management policies in Europe. 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 style="text-align:justify;"><strong>European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation (Eurojust)</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">As the EU's hub for judicial cooperation, <a href="">Eurojust</a> delivers hands-on support to national authorities by promoting the exchange of information, developing prosecutorial strategies, facilitating the use of judicial cooperation tools, and implementing joint actions. Together with the Member States and an extensive network of international partners, Eurojust is making Europe a safer place for all of its citizens.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Further Reading</strong></p><ul><li>eu-LISA - Eurojust <a href="/PartnersStakeholders/Documents/CP_Eurojust-eu-LISA.pdf">Cooperation Plan 2021-2023</a></li><li>eu-LISA – Eurojust <a href="/PartnersStakeholders/Documents/MoU_Eurojust_eu-LISA.pdf">Memorandum of Understanding</a></li><li><a href="">Discover eu-LISA</a></li><li><a href="">Eurojust Virtual Tour</a></li><li><a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Documents/Eurojust-eu-LISA-Cooperation-Plan.pdf">Press Release</a> in PDF format<br></li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p>