eu-LISA Industry Roundtable - October 2022 - Call for expression of interest Industry Roundtable - October 2022 - Call for expression of interest28/07/2022 07:00:00<p>On <strong>11-12 October 2022</strong>, the <strong>European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (eu-LISA)</strong>, in cooperation with <strong>the </strong> <a target="_blank" href=""> <strong>Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU</strong></a><strong>,</strong> will organise the 16<sup>th</sup> edition of the <strong>Industry Roundtable. </strong></p><p>The event will take place <strong>face to face in Tallinn, Estonia and will also be streamed online, allowing for remote participation</strong>.  </p><p>The 16<sup>th</sup> edition of the eu-LISA Industry Roundtable will focus on presenting and discussing new <strong>technology solutions</strong> and the associated <strong>business and operational processes</strong> developed and deployed by the <strong>industry </strong>(<strong>carriers </strong>from all business areas and their respective<strong> service providers </strong>operating at air, sea and land borders),<strong> </strong>the <strong>Member States (MS) </strong>and the associated <strong>air and sea ports</strong> <strong>operators</strong> in relation to the <strong>Entry/Exit System</strong> (EES) and the <strong>European Travel Information and Authorisation System</strong> (ETIAS), which will enter operations in 2023. The event will also tackle the <strong>innovations</strong> introduced by these stakeholders in order to adapt to the <strong>new ecosystem of Large-Scale European IT Systems</strong>. <br></p><p> <br> </p><h2>Background<br></h2><p>The Schengen ecosystem of large-scale IT systems is going through a significant change with the entry into operation in the very near future of EES, ETIAS and, subsequently, of the Interoperability Architecture. </p><p>While the benefits to freedom, security and justice of these two latest members of the family of monitoring and control tools of the Schengen Area are evident, their Entry into Operation (EiO) also presents a number of new technological and operational challenges to different stakeholders: travellers, carriers from all business areas, border control operators and national authorities, national law enforcement agencies, and European Agencies in the Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) domain, especially eu-LISA (who will be responsible for managing the systems) and <a target="_blank" href="">Frontex</a> (who will help coordinate business processes related to EES and ETIAS at border crossing points).</p><p>Among all these stakeholders, carriers will play a key role for the successful entry into operation. According to the Commission Implementing Regulations <a target="_blank" href="">2021/1217</a> and <a target="_blank" href="">2021/1224</a>, carriers will have the legal obligation to query EES and ETIAS to verify the traveller status before they cross the Schengen borders (<span>to verify whether third-country nationals holding a short-stay visa have already used the number of entries authorised by their visa, or those subject to travel authorisation requirement are in possession of a valid ETIAS.</span>). In addition, the revision of the Visa Information System (VIS) legal base (Regulation (EU) <a target="_blank" href="">2021/1134</a>, OJ L 248, 13.7.2021, p. 11–87) brings an evolution of the Carrier Interface which incorporates checks on multi-entry visas, long stay visas and residence permits. Finally, the <a target="_blank" href="">European Commission</a> has initiated discussions and is assessing the revision of the current API (Advance Passenger Information) Directive, with the aim of providing the carriers with one unified interface based on further enhancements of the Carrier Interface.</p><p>These developments will affect carriers' processes (including their infrastructures and equipment) particularly during check-in and boarding of travellers. Carriers will now have to integrate identity verification and travel authorisation by checking an online system. These changes will have an impact on traveller flow management, on the interaction with the Carrier Interface, and on the optimisation of the passenger verification process.</p><p>In order to support carriers towards a successful EiO of the new systems, eu-LISA chairs a <a target="_blank" href="/About-Us/Organisation/working-group-for-carriers">Working Group (WG) for Carriers</a> with monthly meetings and additional biweekly informal awareness sessions, to address questions and concerns from carriers.<br></p><p> <br> </p><h2>Focus of the event and tentative agenda<br></h2><p>With the same objective as the WG, of further strengthening the support offered by eu-LISA to carriers, the October 2022 Industry Roundtable (IR) will focus on the carriers' needs and requirements that arise from the EiO of EES/ ETIAS. The objective of the IR is to provide a common platform, not only to carriers, but also to airport/ seaport operators and industry to present and exchange ideas on the latest innovations in business processes and technology developments that can improve the overall travellers' experience. The IR will also give the opportunity to all stakeholders to debate and share knowledge, based on practical experiences and good practices, with the ultimate goal of reaching the best solutions to increase the overall traveller experience, while enhancing overall security.</p><p>To this aim, the Industry Roundtable will take place during 1.5 days with 5 sessions: 2 sessions on 11 October 2022 and 3 sessions on 12 October 2022.<br></p><p> <br> </p><h2>DAY 1, 11 October 2022<br></h2><ul><li> <strong>Session 1. Setting the scene: Legal Framework and updates</strong></li></ul><p>The session will provide the latest updates from the legislation, implementation roadmap and technology perspectives in the area of border crossing management and the role that carriers play in this respect.</p><ul><li> <strong>Session 2. Setting the scene: The carriers' perspective</strong></li></ul><p>In this session, representatives of associations of air, sea and land carriers will explain how the EiO of EES and ETIAS will be addressed from the perspective of business and operational processes and the solutions they are considering to handle their implementation. The audience will get to know the way in which carriers are preparing for the new reality of pre-checks for travellers and the pending tasks that still need to be addressed in collaboration with border authorities and port operators.<br></p><p> <br> </p><h2>DAY 2, 12 October 2022<br></h2><ul><li> <strong>Session 3. Operational pilot projects in air passenger transport</strong></li></ul><p>The session will focus on showcasing pilot projects that have been carried out in the field of air passengers transport. The presentations will focus on explaining the experience and lessons learned from the air carriers' side and how these can help in preparing for the real operational conditions that will be put in place with the EiO of EES and ETIAS. </p><p>The session will include a wide range of stakeholders involved in the pilot projects, such as operators (i.e., airports - both at the point of departure and arrival), government representatives from the MS (responsible for issuing travel authorisations) and industry (providing the necessary technical solutions).<br></p><ul><li> <strong>Session 4. Operational pilot projects in sea and land passenger transport</strong> </li></ul><p>Session 4 will have the same format and goal as Session 3, but will cover pilot projects carried out for sea passenger transport (e.g., cruise lines) and land passenger transport (e.g., coach lines).<br><br>As before, the focus will be on the carriers' and service providers' experience, notwithstanding operators (e.g., departure and arrival seaports), MS and industry. </p><li> <strong>Session 5. Industry solutions for air, sea and land passenger transport to support the EiO of EES and ETIAS</strong></li><p>The session will be fully dedicated to innovations and new technology solutions applicable for supporting business processes related to the EiO of EES and ETIAS. The presented solutions may be directed or designed to any of the stakeholders involved in the management of travellers: carriers, service providers, port operators, MS Agencies and/or border authorities, and others.<br></p><p> <br> </p><h2> <span class="ms-rteForeColor-6" style="">Practical information - Call for expression of interest</span><br></h2><p>If your association/ company is interested in presenting an innovative technology, product or service at the event, please<strong> sign up to participate</strong>: </p><p style="text-align:center;font-size:150%;"> <a target="_blank" href=""> <strong>Application form</strong></a></p><p>Please note that a maximum of one presentation per company will be allowed. However, you are welcome to submit several proposals addressing different aspects of the business processes, technologies and equipment used by any of the stakeholders involved in the EiO of EES/ ETIAS and traveller flow management.</p><p> <strong>Please specify in your application to which of the sessions (sessions 2, 3, 4 and 5) you would like to participate.</strong></p><p>Please note that <strong>session 2</strong> is intended for <strong>representatives of carrier associations</strong>. If you will be presenting on behalf of an individual carrier, service provider or airport/ seaport operator, please select the most adequate session among sessions 3, 4, and 5, according to the content/ topic of your presentation.</p><p>Should the IR organisers feel that your proposed presentation better fits in a different session than the one selected, they will get in contact with you to discuss the point.</p><p> <strong>Please also provide a brief description of your company/ organisation and the pilot project/ solution/ technology you would like to present. </strong></p><p>Please note that the number of presentation slots is limited and submissions will be evaluated by eu-LISA experts. The selection of submitted proposals will be based on the relevance of the proposals to the topic of the event, their novelty and potential impact. </p><p>eu-LISA will communicate the outcome of the selection procedure to all applicants.</p><p>All relevant information related to the event will be regularly updated on our dedicated webpage:</p><p style="text-align:center;"> <a target="_blank" href=""><strong></strong></a><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <br> </p><h2>Timeline<br></h2><ul><li>The Call for Expression of Interest is published on <strong>28 July 2022.</strong></li><li>The Call for Expression of Interest is open until <strong>9 September 2022.</strong></li><li>eu-LISA will review the proposals and inform the selected speakers by <strong>21 September 2022</strong>.</li><li>The final programme will be made available on <strong>30 September 2022</strong>.</li><li>The Industry Round table will take place on <strong>11-12 October 2022</strong>.<br></li></ul><p style="text-align:center;"> <br> </p><p style="text-align:center;"> <a target="_blank" href=""><img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/202210_ir_call.jpg" alt="" style="max-width:80%;" /></a> </p><br>
The eu-LISA Bits and Bytes Issue 4 eu-LISA Bits and Bytes Issue 427/07/2022 08:30:00<p style="text-align:justify;">The European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (eu-LISA) has published its fourth issue of <strong>Bits & Bytes</strong>, a digital newsletter showcasing the Agency's recent progress and ongoing activities in the Justice and Home Affairs area.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In this issue we take a <a href="">journey back in time</a>, looking at the decade that has passed since eu-LISA was established, covering our greatest achievements, but also our biggest challenges. An anniversary video, a timeline and a preview of our interactive photobook can all be explored in the newsletter.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Other topics featured are the Agency's <a href="">training activities</a>, our participation at this year's <a href="">Europe Day</a> celebrations and the eu-LISA <a href="">Industry Roundtable</a> that took place in June.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The eu-LISA Bits & Bytes can be accessed via an easy to remember link: <a href=""></a>.<br></p>
“No More Ransom” Turns Six“No-More-Ransom”-Turns-Six.aspx“No More Ransom” Turns Six26/07/2022 09:00:00<p>The <a target="_blank" href="">No More Ransom</a> (NMR) project is celebrating its 6<sup>th</sup> anniversary this year, with over 10 million people having downloaded its decryption tools designed for recovering 'hostage' files and over 1.5 million people successfully decrypting their devices without needing to pay the hackers.</p><p>Launched in 2016 by our sister agency <a target="_blank" href="">Europol</a>, the Dutch National Police, Intel Security and Kaspersky Lab, the project enables cooperation between law enforcement authorities and the private sector to help users fight ransomware.</p><p>Starting off with just four tools for decrypting several types of ransomware, in 2022, NMR offers 136 decryption tools for 165 ransomware variants. The project is backed by 188 partners from the private and public sectors, including eu-LISA. With our expanding role in the digitalisation of the EU's Justice and Home Affairs domain, the Agency is glad to be a part and support the NMR initiative.</p><p> <br> </p><p><strong>Further Reading:</strong></p><ul><li>Europol <a target="_blank" href="">Press Release</a></li><li><a target="_blank" href="">Infographic</a></li><li>No More Ransom <a target="_blank" href="">website</a></li><li><a target="_blank" href="">How it works</a></li></ul><p> <br> </p><br>
Artificial lntelligence Supporting Crossborder Cooperation in Criminal Justice lntelligence Supporting Crossborder Cooperation in Criminal Justice22/07/2022 09:00:00<p>​<span>The advent of Artif</span><span>icial lntelligence (Al) holds great potential to improve criminal justice cooperation, both at home and across borders. The field of justice is undergoing digital transformation, and AI, as a set of different technologies, has an important role to play in helping judicial authorities operate more efficiently and effectively. Such performance gains can eventually result in better access to justice and reduced time to render judicial decisions.</span></p><p>The EU is making substantial progress on legislative developments and cross-border operational cooperation in the Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) area. Furthermore, in order to support the relevant Member States' authorities in the fight against cross-border crime, EU JHA agencies, including eu-LISA and Eurojust, have identified the need to modernise digital infrastructure, and establish secure communication channels for the exchange of evidence between national authorities, as well as with EU judicial authorities.</p><p>ln recent years, with the support of the European Commission, eu-LISA and Eurojust have started preparing for digital judicial cooperation, including Al based solutions. Our <a href="/Publications/Reports/AI%20in%20Justice%20-%20Report.pdf">joint report</a> and accompanying <a href="/Publications/Reports/AI%20in%20Justice%20-%20Factsheet.pdf">factsheet</a> build on that work and offer a high-level overview of the related legal and policy issues. Additionally, the report explores Al use-cases to highlight where its benefits in international judicial cooperation are. Focusing on natural language processing and computer vision, the report zooms in on two specific Al technologies and their practical application.  Mindful of legal and ethical implications in relation to fundamental rights, the analysis considers how to balance the respect for individuals' freedoms with the use of Al technologies in criminal justice cooperation. The report recommends that a risk-based approach, integrating cost benefit analysis, fundamental rights and data protection assessments, is developed and applied to AI systems in practice.</p><p>Eurojust and eu-LISA have cemented a partnership that will only continue to grow thanks to the work on the European Criminal Records lnformation System - Third Country Nationals (ECRIS-TCN), the rollout of the e-CODEX infrastructure and the development of the Joint lnvestigation Teams Collaboration Platform. The report aims to contribute to the overall development of digital technologies in cross-border judicial cooperation, and to support practice and decision making in this field in Europe.</p><h2>Links<br></h2><ul><li> <a href="/Publications/Reports/AI%20in%20Justice%20-%20Report.pdf">Joint Report</a><br></li><li> <a href="/Publications/Reports/AI%20in%20Justice%20-%20Factsheet.pdf">Factsheet</a><br></li><li> <a href="">Eurojust website</a></li></ul>