eu-LISA nominated for EU Public Sector Award 2021 nominated for EU Public Sector Award 202128/11/2021 22:00:00<p style="text-align:left;">The headquarters building of eu-LISA in Tallinn, Estonia has been awarded the second place in the 'Green' category at the European Public Sector Award (EPSA) 2021 competition, which took place today in Maastricht.<br></p><p style="text-align:left;">The Agency's headquarters is an innovative building which combines modern and ergonomic collaboration spaces in a green and sustainable infrastructure.  "<em>With its unique approach, the eu-LISA headquarters help foster cultural change for greener public administration services and are an inspiring example for other EU and national public bodies. We are very grateful to EPSA for the acknowledgement that recognises the work done by the Agency and its staff and encourages us to do even better in the future</em>", said <strong>the Deputy Executive Director of eu-LISA, Luca Tagliaretti</strong>.<br></p><p style="text-align:left;">The headquarters were built throughout 2017 and 2018 by the Estonian State Real Estate Ltd (RKAS) and by the construction company Fund Ehitus and designed specifically to host eu-LISA. </p><p style="text-align:left;"><em>"This </em><em>project is an example of a truly efficient and effective collaboration at European level. It was possible thanks to the open, transparent, engaged and creative collaboration between the Estonian government, eu-LISA, the city of Tallinn and the construction companies</em>", added Tagliaretti.</p><p style="text-align:left;">eu-LISA looks even further and sets new ambitious goals to continue exploring, testing and introducing new technologies and materials for greener public administration in Europe at its premises in Tallinn and Strasbourg. With the help of EIPA, the Agency plans to create a common EU knowledge management platform for public administrations across the EU. This platform will be instrumental in sharing experience and best practice in the area of digital resource management, the use of new technological solutions and materials as well as capacity building and change management.</p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Background</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;">The EPSA 2021 project is designed to support the EU's public administration sector with the adoption of innovative and smart approaches to the design, planning and implementation of reform policies across a range of areas. In the final stage of the competition the three best projects in three categories (Innovation, Green and Digital) were announced. The Europe-wide award scheme has been organised every two years since 2009 by the European Institute of Public Administration (<a href="">EIPA</a>).</p><p style="text-align:left;">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 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 <a href="">Eurodac</a>, <a href="">SIS</a> and <a href="">VIS</a> 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 <a href="">EES</a>, <a href="">ETIAS</a> and <a href="">ECRIS-TCN</a> and ensuring interoperability between all six IT-systems, in order to take EU internal security and border management to the next level.</p><ul style="text-align:left;"><li>eu-LISA new HQ - <a href="/Newsroom/VideoGallery/Pages/Detail.aspx?VID=123">Cornerstone Ceremony</a> 29.09.2017</li><li>eu-LISA HQ <a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Pages/eu-LISA-Headquarters-Now-in-a-Smart-New-House.aspx">inauguration</a> 19.08.2018</li><li>"<a href="">Our bonds are our strengths</a>"</li><li>Press release: <a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Documents/20211129_EPSA_EN.pdf">English</a> • <a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Documents/20211129_EPSA_ET.pdf">Estonian</a></li></ul><p style="text-align:left;"><strong></strong><strong>Contact</strong><br></p><p><a href=""></a><br><br></p><div><img src="/Newsroom/PressRelease/PublishingImages/HQ.jpg" alt="HQ.jpg (1080×720)" style="margin:5px;width:786px;" /><div style="text-align:left;"><em>eu-LISA's headquarters in Tallinn</em><br></div></div><p><br></p>
Frontex and eu-LISA sign cooperation plan and eu-LISA sign cooperation plan 22/11/2021 22:00:00<p>On 22 November, Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, and eu-LISA, the European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, concluded an agreement to strengthen their cooperation. The cooperation plan was signed by Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri and eu-LISA Executive Director Krum Garkov during the Heads of Justice and Home Affairs Agencies annual meeting in Warsaw.</p><p>The cooperation plan, which runs from 2021 to 2023, covers ten thematic areas, including border and migration management, IT security, research and innovation as well as personal data protection.</p><p>"Cooperation between Frontex and eu-LISA has extended considerably in the past years, and this change needs to be adequately reflected in the corresponding cooperation instruments. I am very pleased to conclude the cooperation plan between our agencies today," said Frontex Executive Director Leggeri. </p><p>"The signature of this renewed Cooperation Agreement comes to reconfirm the commitment of eu-LISA and Frontex to maintain and extend their cooperation as the best way to increase their contribution to the Member States and to the EU as a whole. Both agencies build their collaboration on synergies and complementarity with the joint objective of making Europe safer and stronger," added Krum Garkov, Executive Director of eu-LISA.</p><p>Currently, the two agencies are working closely together to set up <a href="/AboutUs/SmartBorders/Pages/ETIAS.aspx">ETIAS</a> – the European Travel Information and Authorisation System - which is scheduled to become operational next year and mark a major milestone in the digitalisation of European border management along with the <a href="/AboutUs/SmartBorders/Pages/EES.aspx">Entry/Exit System</a>. eu-LISA is responsible for developing these two large-scale IT systems, while Frontex hosts the ETIAS Central Unit, which will operate on 24/7 basis to support travellers and carriers. <br></p><p></p><center> <img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/SM-Signing.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:800px;height:450px;" /></center> <br> <p></p>
EU Justice and Home Affairs Agencies Present their 2021 Key Achievements Justice and Home Affairs Agencies Present their 2021 Key Achievements21/11/2021 22:00:00<p>Today, 22 November 2021, the nine European Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Agencies came together to wrap up the activities of the network in 2021 and present its key achievements. The event also gathered high-level representatives from the <a href="">European Commission</a>, <a href="">European Parliament</a>, <a href="">European External Action Service</a>, the <a href="">General Secretariat of the Council</a>, as well as the current Slovenian Presidency of the Council and the upcoming French one.<br></p><p>This year, under the Frontex presidency of the network, the agencies focused on two strategic EU priorities – contributing to the European Green Deal and digitalisation.</p><p>In a series of events throughout the year, the agencies discussed the impact of climate change on migration and organised crime, looked at EU and international efforts in fighting environmental crimes, presented and exchanged ideas about how to make their administrations carbon-neutral and digital solutions that will make the agencies more effective.</p><p>The meeting also offered an opportunity to discuss the latest developments, tasks and challenges ahead of the agencies.<img src="/Newsroom/PressRelease/PublishingImages/JHAA%20Envicrime.png" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /> </p><p>EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson and Executive Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans addressed the participants of the event.<br></p><p>“Today at the annual meeting of the heads of the Justice and Home Affairs Agencies I shared my assessment of the current political situation and common priorities for next year. Warm thanks to all the heads of JHA Agencies for their essential work to maintain and strengthen the European area of freedom, security and justice”, said EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson.<br></p><p>During the meeting, the heads of the nine JHA agencies signed a joint statement on the EU Green Deal, reaffirming their commitment to contribute to a safer and cleaner environment by undertaking activities ranging from operational to administrative actions, within limits of their respective mandates.</p><p>Below key achievements of the network this year:</p><ul><li> <a href="">Seminar on environmental crime</a>;</li><li> <a href="">Seminar "Understanding the Influence of climate change on Justice and Home Affairs" </a></li><li> <a href="">Research study for European Border and Coast Guard (EBCG) and Frontex with a focus on green solutions – "How our community can become greener?" </a></li><li> <a href="">Seminar on "How to make the JHA Agencies administrations carbon neutral by 2030?"</a></li><li><a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Documents/JHA_Envicrime.pdf">Joint paper of fighting environmental crime</a><br></li></ul><p>eu-LISA plays a key role with regard to digitalisation. The ongoing process of making border management and internal security processes more digital and interoperable is our core business. The development of new IT systems, and the revision of existing ones, leads to a safer and more secure Europe for all its citizens.<br></p><p>Established in 2010, the JHA Agencies' Network connects the EU Agencies protecting the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice. It includes nine agencies: <a href="">CEPOL</a>, <a href="">EASO</a>, <a href="">EIGE</a>, <a href="">EMCDDA</a>, <a href="/">eu-LISA</a>, <a href="">Eurojust</a>, <a href="">Europol</a>, <a href="">FRA</a> and <a href="">Frontex</a>. Together, they contribute to the implementation of EU objectives in the fields of migration, asylum and external border management, the fight against serious organised crime, drug trafficking and terrorism, gender equality and respect for fundamental rights.</p><p>In 2022, CEPOL, EU's agency for law enforcement training, takes over the Presidency of the Network. </p><h2>Further Reading<br></h2><ul><li> <a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Documents/JHA%20Joint%20Statement%20on%20the%20EU%20Green%20Deal.pdf">Joint statement by the Heads of JHA Agencies on the EU Green Deal</a><br></li><li> <a href="">JHAAN Coordination and joint actions</a><br></li></ul>
eu-LISA Management Board met in Slovenia Management Board met in Slovenia16/11/2021 22:00:00<p>The 32nd eu-LISA Management Board meeting was held as a hybrid event under the auspices of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU on 16 and 17 November 2021 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The meeting was organised in Slovenia to emphasise the close cooperation of eu-LISA with the Member States of the EU who benefit most from the services of the Agency and jointly plan eu-LISA responsibility and tasks. The meeting was opened by the Slovenian Minister of the Interior, <strong>Aleš Hojs</strong>.</p><p>During the two-day meeting, the Management Board adopted the Agency’s Single Programming Document 2022-2024 and budget for 2022. eu-LISA’s long-term strategy for 2021–2027 an Action plan for the implementation of the roadmap on standardisation and various governance documents were endorsed.</p><p>The Chair of the Management Board <strong>Zsolt Szolnoki</strong> and the Executive Director of eu-LISA <strong>Krum Garkov</strong> emphasised that the priorities set for eu-LISA’s core businesses and organisational development are appropriate, realistic and focus on the needs of the stakeholders.</p><p>The Management Board also discussed the implementation of the Entry/Exit System (EES), the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) and the interoperability between the IT systems. </p><p>In addition, the meeting participants got an overview of the priorities of the upcoming French Presidency of the Council of the EU as of 1 January 2022.<br></p><p>Summaries of the regular eu-LISA Management Board Meetings are published on the Agency’s corporate <a href="">website</a>.<br></p><p><br></p>