eu-LISA to Host a High-Level Conference - Towards the Digital Schengen Area

On 27 October 2021, eu-LISA will host its 8th Annual Conference, "Towards the Digital Schengen Area".

The event is organised in cooperation with the Slovenian Presidency 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.

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.

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 Ylva Johansson, Slovenian Minister of the Interior Aleš Hojs, on behalf of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU, as well as Juan Fernando López Aguilar, Chair of the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), are among the distinguished keynote speakers at the event.

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.

The 2021 eu-LISA Annual Conference will be streamed live on Visitors can also follow our dedicated Twitter account for running coverage.




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.

eu-LISA Annual Conferences

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.



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