Today eu-LISA celebrates the opening of its new headquarters in Tallinn with an inauguration event to thank those who provided the Agency with a highly modern working environment in a smart and energy-efficient new house. Representatives of eu-LISA's governing bodies, EU institutions, EU Agencies, the Estonian government as well as eu-LISA's staff will take part in the festive event at Vesilennuki 5, in the close vicinity of the Seaplane Museum.
Seven years ago, in 2011, the European Parliament and the Council decided to establish eu-LISA with the headquarters in Tallinn, Estonia. The Estonian government committed itself to build the headquarters' house, fit for the needs and requirements of an Agency, which is responsible for large-scale IT systems for European security and stability. Throughout these years eu-LISA received remarkable support from the EU authorities and the Estonian government, allowing the Agency to start in temporary premises in Rävala Street 4 and begin to deliver from day one.
The contract for the construction was signed in March 2017 between the Estonian State Real Estate Ltd (RKAS) and the construction company Fund Ehitus.
Sixteen months later, in July 2018, the Estonian Ministry of the Interior passed the building over to the Agency. The international staff of eu-LISA from 17 EU countries, who work in the headquarters, finally got their own "Home".
The full press release is available in English and Estonian.