The Pact on Migration and Asylum becomes a reality Pact on Migration and Asylum becomes a reality11/04/2024 10:00:00<p> On 10 April 2024, the European Parliament Plenary wrapped up its term’s legislative work in the field of migration and asylum with a debate on the outcome of negotiations over the <a href="" target="_blank">Migration and Asylum Pact</a>, with the Belgian Council Presidency and the European Commission.</p><p>The European Parliament voted in favour of the new rules on migration, allowing the EU to tackle complex issues with determination and ingenuity. This will ensure that the Union has strong and secure external borders, that people's rights are guaranteed, and that no EU country is left alone under pressure.</p><p>The Pact encompasses <a href="" target="_blank">a new framework</a> for a comprehensive asylum and migration policy based on solidarity, fair responsibility sharing, and updated rules on criteria and mechanisms to determine the Member State responsible for examining an application for international protection (formerly known as the Dublin rules). Member states will be able to choose between relocating asylum applicants to their territory, making financial contributions or providing operational and technical support to member states under migratory pressure.</p><p>At the heart of this important initiative is the overhaul of <a href="/AboutUs/MandateAndActivities/CoreActivities/Pages/Eurodac.aspx">Eurodac</a>, led by eu-LISA. The improved Eurodac system is fundamental to the Pact and crucial for improved identity management and the smooth exchange of information.The upgraded Eurodac is essential for streamlining asylum procedures, supporting resettlement programmes and tracking irregular migration, all within strict data protection laws. Its integration into the Interoperability ecosystem will provide vital statistics to shape future policy, aiming at a holistic approach to migration. </p><p>eu-LISA is committed to delivering this state-of-the-art system on time, leading the technical dialogue with Member States and ensuring that they're well trained on the new platform. Success depends on a united EU effort, underlining the importance of cooperation and commitment.<br></p><h2> Further Readings </h2><ul><li><a href="">Pact on Migration and Asylum</a><br></li><li><a href="">Final vote on landmark migration and asylum pact</a><br></li></ul>
JHAAN Final Report 2023 Published Final Report 2023 Published04/04/2024 09:00:00<p>The European Union Agency for Asylum (EUAA) held the chairmanship of the Justice and Home Affairs Agencies Network (JHAAN) throughout 2023.</p><p>This report captures the JHAAN’s activities in 2023, the progress made, and common milestones achieved. It underlines the steady commitment of the JHA family to upholding the fundamental rights, freedoms, justice and security of all individuals within the European Union. </p><p>In line with the agreed Trio Presidency priorities for 2022-2024, the EUAA, together with the network, focused on five key priorities in 2023: </p><ul><li>digitalisation;</li><li>the implementation of the EU Green Deal in JHA Agencies;</li><li>information provision in mixed migration situations;</li><li>cybersecurity;</li><li>communication and promotion of the network.</li></ul><p> Various activities were foreseen under each of these priorities, with the clear aim to foster inter-agency cooperation and to contribute, in a meaningful way and within the remit of the individual mandates of the JHA Agencies, to the overall EU response to these challenges. </p><p>Throughout the year, the individual actions of the JHA Agencies as well as their collective efforts were instrumental in addressing many of the above challenges. Examples are wide ranging and include fostering enhanced law enforcement cooperation; combating transnational crime, terrorism and preventing exploitation; further cooperation on illicit drug-related issues; new initiatives to jointly tackle cybersecurity threats; joint efforts for promotion and protection of fundamental rights, including protection of the most vulnerable groups; tackling gender inequalities, and the protection of personal data.</p><p>In 2024, eu-LISA is holding the presidency of the JHAAN. In line with the recommendations of the - Assessment of the Justice and Home Affairs Agencies’ Network Report 2021 - eu-LISA will continue the close cooperation in the Trio Presidency format with CEPOL and EUAA. In this scenario, eu-LISA intends to centre the activities of its presidency year around the overarching and inclusive topics that are relevant to the entire Network.</p><p>Read the full report: <a href="/Publications/Information%20Material/JHAAN%20Final%20report%202023.pdf">JHAAN 2023 Final Report</a></p><br>
eu-LISA's Management Board meets in Antwerp's Management Board meets in Antwerp20/03/2024 22:00:00<p>The Management Board of the European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (eu-LISA) convened in Antwerp on 20 and 21 March, addressing a wide range of operational and strategic topics relevant to the Agency's mandate. </p><p>During the meeting, the Board reviewed the status of legislative proposals affecting eu-LISA's operations and was briefed on various Agency activities, including the evaluation of eu-LISA and the outcomes of a study by Deloitte on the operational management of the Agency. The meeting also covered feedback from the recent Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council, which took place on 4-5 March. </p><p>A significant part of the discussion focused on the recommendations of the Programme Management Boards (PMB) for the Entry/Exit System (EES) and the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS). The Chairpersons of the Agency's Advisory Groups and the PMBs provided updates on key issues, including the latest developments in ECRIS-TCN, Eurodac, the Schengen Information System (SIS), the Visa Information System (VIS) and others, and underlined the importance of the interoperability of these programmes. </p><p>The Board was also informed of the Agency's 2023 Corporate Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), its contributions to research, the status of ongoing building projects and details of budget execution up to the end of 2023 as well as projections for 2024. Staffing levels and strategic initiatives were also reviewed, underlining the Agency's operational capacity and forward momentum. </p><p>In key appointments, Rene Vihalem (Estonia) was elected as the next Chairperson of the Management Board, with his term starting on June 21, 2024, and Hanna De Backer (Belgium) was elected Deputy Chairperson, effective from March 22, 2024. </p><p>The Board took note of the Annual Report of the Head of the Internal Audit Capability (IAC) for 2023, commended the high implementation rate of audit recommendations at 87% and looks forward to the closure of outstanding recommendations. Updates were also provided on the configuration management audit report, the European Court of Auditor's preliminary findings for the 2023 accounts and the discharge process for the 2022 accounts. </p><p>DPO and Security matters were also addressed by the Management Board, including the adoption of the VIS Business Continuity Plan and the VIS Security Plan, as well as a review of the VIS Exercise 2023 report, reaffirming the Agency's commitment to maintaining robust and resilient operational capabilities.<br></p><p><img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/Untitled%20-%202024-03-22T111451.916.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p><img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/Untitled%20-%202024-03-22T112030.457.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p>
FRA and eu-LISA sign cooperation plan and eu-LISA sign cooperation plan 12/03/2024 22:00:00<p>​<span style="background-color:rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);">On 12 M</span><span style="background-color:rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);">a</span><span style="background-color:rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);">rch 2024, <a href="">FRA</a>, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights and eu-LISA, the European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, signed an agreement to strengthen their cooperation. A cooperation plan for the period 2024-2026 was signed in Vienna by FRA Director <strong>Sirpa Rautio</strong> and eu-LISA Executive Director <strong>Agnès Diallo</strong>. </span></p><p><span style="background-color:rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);"></span><span style="background-color:rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);">The two EDs were happy to share insights on the importance of a continuous fruitful cooperation between the Agencies. As the work of the two Agencies are being increasingly interlinked due to the evolutions in technological developments impacting their mandates, exchanging expertise and know-how is a crucial component of this cooperation, that will further support both Agencies in their activities. In addition, FRA and eu-LISA will continue to cooperate in other areas of mutual interest, such as training to Member States, data protection, communication and events and, as well as policy coordination and practices. </span></p><p><span style="background-color:rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);"><br></span></p><p><span style="background-color:rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);"><img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/20240312_coop%20plan_FRA.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:791px;height:413px;" /><br></span></p><p><span class="ms-rteStyle-References">Ms Agnès Diallo and Ms Sirpa Rautio</span></p>