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Continuously supporting Member States effort through technology for a safer Europe:

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Manage operations of the second generation Schengen Information System (SIS II), the Visa Information System (VIS) and EURODAC

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EU Justice and Home Affairs agencies put focus on digitalisation Justice and Home Affairs agencies put focus on digitalisation20/11/2020 12:00:00<p>​The EU's Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) agencies are stepping up their mutual cooperation on digitalisation. Earlier today, the Heads of JHA Agencies came together for a virtual annual meeting, chaired by Eurojust, where they had a first exchange on Artificial Intelligence and digital capacity building, training tools and innovative learning. With the COVID-19 pandemic having served as a catalyst for teleworking and videoconferencing, the agencies agreed to explore avenues for closer cooperation in order to shape the digital future of law enforcement, border management and justice that respects fundamental rights.</p><p>All JHA agencies have been able to continue their operational activities during the COVID-19 pandemic with the help of readily available digital and online communication tools. The pandemic has given new insights into how these virtual ways of working can be optimised and, by sharing their experiences and best practices, the agencies now aim to make optimal use of existing capacities and expertise. At the same time, the increasingly important role of Artificial Intelligence in the agencies' operational activities calls for closer cooperation in this field to ensure that AI development and deployment does not negatively impact fundamental rights. </p><p>eu-LISA Executive Director, Mr Krum Garkov said: '<em>At eu-LISA we firmly believe in the creation of common Artificial Intelligence capabilities that will allow internal and external synergies, as well as JHA domain communities to develop, test, and explore relevant solutions for the future.</em></p><p><em>AI is an opportunity to be used to support our business needs and to complement and strengthen our work. It`s no longer a matter of if, but rather of when</em>'.</p><p>Following today's discussions, the Heads of JHA agencies agreed to draw up a list of upcoming challenges and opportunities for joint initiatives in the field of digitalisation. Aware of the resources that future digitalisation measures will inevitably require, they called upon the EU institutions to make sure that adequate funding is available. </p><p>Eurojust chaired today's meeting and has made digitalisation a priority for the coming years. In close cooperation with the European Commission, the agencies will work towards the full digitalisation of judicial cooperation in the EU. With interoperability, secure online communication channels and innovative technologies as its key ingredients, this Digital Criminal Justice project is expected to also benefit other JHA agencies and help streamline interagency cooperation.<br></p>
FRA and eu-LISA: we cooperate to prepare a better future and eu-LISA: we cooperate to prepare a better future11/11/2020 22:00:00<p>​<span style="background-color:rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);">Common goals are the foundation for cooperation between eu-LISA and FRA for the benefit of citizens who gain from innovative technologies as much as from ensured respect for fundamental rights and data protection. Today, within the framework of the working arrangement in force since 2016, the two Agencies signed a multiannual Cooperation Plan, which sets out activities that will provide benefits through joint actions.</span></p><p>eu-LISA and FRA will exchange information and expertise including the fundamental rights' implications on the interoperability architecture and collaborate to incorporate fundamental rights by design into the process of setting up interoperability of the EU large-scale IT systems.  The cooperation plan for 2020-2022 also includes close cooperation in training and awareness raising for EU Member States and countries associated with the IT systems under eu-LISA responsibility.</p><p>"Using our past collaboration as the foundations on which to extend our cooperation in the years to come is beneficial to us and Europe as a whole. Supporting one another in areas where our competencies differ and pooling our know-how together for the benefit of other EU Institutions is an opportunity we must build on.</p><p>The respect of civil rights and data protection is paramount in the proper operational management of the IT systems entrusted to eu-LISA. We look forward to deepening our common efforts with FRA to ensures that data handling is performed in the most secure and protected ways possible and that fundamental rights are never overlooked.</p><p>The challenges that the ongoing digital transformation in the EU faces are numerous. One of the biggest of them is about trust. Trust is fundamental if the European Union is to reach its goals. Showing citizens that their rights are protected as technology progresses is an important step on the way to making Europe a safer place to live and work. eu-LISA and FRA are 100% committed to making it happen together!" says Krum Garkov, Executive Director of eu-LISA.</p><p>It is in the common interest of both Agencies to promote and share activities with their stakeholders and the general public in order to provide increased visibility and further improve awareness of their respective responsibilities and joint successes. For this reason, the cooperation plan not only includes core-activity related plans but also communication and information sharing as an important business area for joint actions. </p><p>It is the aim of the Agencies to show that citizens' rights are protected as technology progresses on the way to making Europe a safer place to live and work.  Working in cooperation will make it more efficient to achieve this goal.</p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Background:</strong></p><p><strong>European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice</strong></p><p>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 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><strong>The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights</strong></p><p>The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) is the EU's centre of fundamental human rights expertise. It provides expert advice to the EU institutions and its Member States on a range of issues. In doing so the FRA helps ensure that the fundamental rights of people living in the EU are protected. The Agency collects data on a wide range of fundamental rights, conducts research and analysis, provides independent advice to policymakers, networks with human rights stakeholders from the local to international level, and raises awareness of fundamental rights in the EU. The FRA is based in Vienna, Austria.</p><p><strong><br></strong></p><p><strong>Links: </strong></p><ul><li><a href=""></a>                         – eu-LISA Corporate Website</li><li><a href=""></a>           – eu-LISA Interactive Awareness-Package</li><li><a href=""></a>                              – FRA Corporate Website<br></li></ul><p><strong>Contacts: </strong></p><p><a href=""></a><br></p>
eu-LISA Industry Roundtable focuses on interoperability challenges Industry Roundtable focuses on interoperability challenges03/11/2020 14:00:00<p>​<span>This year the traditional eu-LISA discussion forum with industry takes a closer look at the </span> <span>capability gaps related to the implementation of interoperability of the large-scale IT systems operated by the Agency, and in particular, on ensuring data quality through standardisation.</span></p><p>eu-LISA will host "<strong>Data Quality and Interoperability: Addressing the Capability Gaps through Standardisation</strong>" fully online across three consecutive afternoons on 3-5 November 2020.</p><p>Once deployed, the ability of the new inteoperability architecture to deliver the anticipated political objectives and related operational benefits will depend largely on the quality of the data fed into the systems, and the timely access to the information extracted from that data.   The focus of the sessions will therefore be on the quality of data and common standards, solutions to addess the capability gaps present at Member State level and the challenges of capturing quality biometric data in non-optimal conditions.</p><p>The Roundtable will feature pioneering technologies, products and services provided by industry, showcased to the end-user community and experts representing relevant authorities from Member States and EU Institutions.</p><p>Similar to the previous eleven Roundtables with Industry, which eu-LISA has organised since 2014, the event will provide a forum for discussions on recent technological and non-technological developments that facilitate the improvement of biometric and alphanumeric data quality.</p><p>Attendees will see Keynote Adresses by Prof. Christoph Busch, Chair of the Norwegian Biometrics Lab and Dr Javier Galbally, Scientific/Technical Officer at the European Joint Research Centre as well as presentations from a wide range of pertinent industry experts. A full list of companies taking part in the event as well as the programme and details about previous events can be found on the dedicated Industry Roundtable website: <a href=""></a></p><p>With registered participants representing 39 countries and 181 different organisations, the event is expected to be the biggest of its kind hosted by eu-LISA to date. The three foreseen panels have each attracted more than 300 registrations which will surely stimulate interesting debates and top quality food for thought.</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Background:</strong></p><p> <strong>eu-LISA Industry Roundtables </strong></p><p>The Agency has a proud history of hosting and running events targeted at industry that have focused mainly on solutions and proposals aimed at facilitating and advancing the technical aspects of eu-LISA's core business since 2014. The 2020 Industry Rountable, affected by COVID-19 related restrictions, takes place entirely online for the very first time. This will however not stop participants from having the possibility to engage remotely and contribute to the discussions interactively.</p><p> <strong>Links:</strong></p><p> <strong>Industry Roundtable website: </strong> <a href=""> <strong></strong></a></p><p> <strong>Discover eu-LISA: </strong> <a href=""> <strong></strong></a></p><p> <strong>Contact: </strong><a href=""></a><br></p><p> <img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/20201103.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:786px;" /> </p>

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