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-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>
eu-LISA and Commissioner Reynders Discussing Digitalisation of the Justice Area and Commissioner Reynders Discussing Digitalisation of the Justice Area24/10/2021 21:00:00<p>The Executive Director of eu-LISA, Krum Garkov, met with EU Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders, on 25 October 2021. Their discussions revolved around different aspects and activities aimed at fostering digitalisation in the European Justice domain and the increasing need to implement new digital solutions in order to modernise the judicial systems and improve their efficiency.<img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/20211025_Krum_Reynders.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="" style="margin:15px;width:465px;height:241px;" /> </p><p>Given that Justice is borderless, Europe should aim for easy access to cross-border justice for citizens, businesses and legal practitioners. Digitalisation in the justice domain should however be based on common principles that must be followed both at European and national levels. There is a clear need for a long-term strategic approach regarding the deployment of digital solutions in the Justice domain.</p><p><em>"eu-LISA has a central role to play in the process of digitalising Justice, considering the broad experience of the Agency in the implementation of digital solutions in the realm of Home Affairs. The Agency is already actively engaged with ongoing efforts towards the further digitalisation of the European Justice area. eu-LISA is responsible for the technical maintenance of the </em><a href="/Newsroom/News/Pages/First-ECRIS-TCN-Development-Milestone-Reached.aspx"><em>ECRIS RI</em></a><em>, is currently developing </em><a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=d983433c-0865-4de1-a0ae-1df1a0b7e4c0&TermSetId=8b33697b-07fc-4f3b-b28b-4f6a7829532a&TermId=20357fff-ac72-4cbc-b2e2-0967c1104544"><em>ECRIS-TCN</em></a><em> and will also be taking over the maintenance of </em><a href="/Newsroom/News/Pages/eu-LISA-Extends-its-Portfolio-with-a-New-Large-Scale-IT-System.aspx"><em>e-CODEX</em></a><em> from mid-2023. These applications and systems are important building blocks that provide for a solid foundation in the context of the digitalisation of criminal justice,"</em> emphasised eu-LISA Executive Director Krum Garkov.</p><p>As part of eu-LISA's growing role in the justice domain, in 2020 the Agency took over operational management of the ECRIS Reference Implementation (RI), marking the the first milestone in the development of ECRIS-TCN, a new, centralised, hit/ no-hit large-scale IT system to supplement the existing EU criminal records database (ECRIS) on non-EU nationals (TCNs, third-country nationals) convicted in the European Union. Further to that, in June 2021, the Council of the EU approved a general approach on the EU regulation that foresees the long-term operational management of e-CODEX being given to eu-LISA. e-CODEX (e-Justice Communication via Online Data Exchange) offers a digital, decentralised infrastructure for secure communication between national systems, facilitating its users (judicial authorities, legal practitioners and citizens) to send and receive documents, legal forms and evidence.<br></p>
INTERPOL Delegation Visits eu-LISA Headquarters Delegation Visits eu-LISA Headquarters21/10/2021 09:00:00<p style="text-align:left;">On 21 October 2021, eu-LISA hosted a delegation from the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) at its headquarters in Tallinn, Estonia.<br></p><p style="text-align:left;"> <img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/20211021-1.jpg" alt="" style="float:left;margin:10px 20px 10px 0px;max-width:250px;" />Dirk Allaerts, Acting Executive Director of INTERPOL, accompanied by Pierre St Hilaire, INTERPOL's Special representative to the EU, met with eu-LISA's Executive Director, Krum Garkov, and Deputy Executive Director Luca Tagliaretti, as well as other key members of the Agency's management.<br></p><p style="text-align:left;">The participants exchanged views on a couple of core activity areas of eu-LISA, namely Research and Development (R&D) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), in the context of global security challenges. Within the Agency's revised establishing Regulation, eu-LISA's research mandate has been extended and the Agency closely monitors the latest technological developments, including AI, which could provide benefits to EU security and justice communities. As with any cutting-edge solution, balance between innovation and respect for fundamental rights and privacy are the basis to build on when introducing new disruptive technologies.</p><p style="text-align:left;">An overview of eu-LISA and its role as the digital engine of the Schengen Area was also discussed, with a special focus on the large-scale IT systems the Agency operates and is developing.</p><p style="text-align:left;">Based in Lyon, France, <a href="">INTERPOL</a> is an inter-governmental organisation that connects police officers and database in 194 member countries via a secure information communication network. INTERPOL offers investigative support such as forensics, analysis, and assistance in locating fugitives around the world, as well as training activities.<br></p><p style="text-align:left;">In addition to building strong connections with EU Member States and Schengen Area Associated Countries, eu-LISA also maintains close ties with international organisations which can support the Agency and its partners in ensuring Europe's internal security and the smooth management of its external borders.<br></p><p><br></p><p style="text-align:left;"><img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/20211021-3.jpg" alt="" style="max-width:75%;" /><br></p>