Strengthening Ties with the City of Strasbourg Ties with the City of Strasbourg20/04/2021 14:00:00<p>On Monday 19 April, eu-LISA had the pleasure of a virtual meeting with Ms Jeanne Barseghian, Mayor of the city of Strasbourg, and other members of her office.<br></p><p>The main purpose of the video conference was to brief Ms Jeanne on the progress the Agency is making in the preparations of our new premises in Illkirch and the extension work going on at our Operational site.</p><p>Details were shared regarding the Agency's continued growth in the coming years and its expanding portfolio of tasks. The Mayor assured eu-LISA that it could count on the city's support and that our presence in Strasbourg, as that of the other EU Institutions, is a matter of pride to her administration. </p><p>Further to topics related to eu-LISA's premises, talks also focused on the possibility of boosting city transport services in the vicinity of the Agency and collaborating in various public awareness campaigns aimed at increasing local awareness of eu-LISA's direct and indirect contribution to both the local community and the European Union as a whole.</p><p>eu-LISA sees collaboration with our host countries and cities as a vital part of our growth and integration. The Agency is always ready and looks forward to contributing to local initiatives and being an appreciated member of the community. Strengthening our relationship with the city of Strasbourg can only bring benefits to both parties. </p><p> <br></p><p><strong>History and background information</strong></p><p>In 2013, eu-LISA was given the former "Centre du Système d'Information Schengen" by the French government and has been running the Agency's large-scale IT systems from there ever since. Some renovation works and the construction of a new building in 2017 met the Agency´s short term need, to host the resources required to operationally manage three IT systems in 24/7 mode. </p><p>With eu-LISA's  new Establishing Regulation, adopted on 11 December 2018, and the enlarged mandate to improve existing and develop new information systems for security, border management and migration that it brought, the lack of space and infrastructure on the operational site became more evident.</p><p>Earlier that same year, during the inauguration event for the renovated site in Strasbourg, Mr Roland Ries, then mayor of Strasbourg, confirmed during his speech that the city would transfer the neighbouring land for the symbolic value of 1€.</p><p>On 1 March 2019, the Strasbourg Council of the Eurometropole approved and signed the deliberation that confirmed the land transfer. From the beginning of 2020, with the assistance of the French Interior Ministry the formal handover has been prepared between the local authorities and the French state.</p><p>The French authorities and the Agency signed the formalisation of land transfer of the plot adjacent to eu-LISA's current building-complex, the purpose of which is to host the extension of the Agency's operational site, on 28/09/2020.<br></p><p> <br></p><p><strong>Further reading:</strong> </p><p>•            <a href="/Newsroom/News/Pages/eu-LISA-to-extend-its-Strasbourg-site.aspx">eu-LISA to extend its Strasbourg site</a><br></p><p><br></p>
Advisory Group Highlights (EES/ETIAS, ECRIS-TCN and Interoperability) Group Highlights (EES/ETIAS, ECRIS-TCN and Interoperability)16/04/2021 12:00:00<p style="text-align:justify;">Between 12 and 15 April 2021, eu-LISA hosted its regular Advisory Group (AG) meetings dedicated to the new large-scale IT systems the Agency is developing - EES and ETIAS, as well as the Interoperability components that will provide improved access to information stored in EU information systems and identity management at an EU level.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The 16<sup>th</sup> Interoperability AG kicked-off the week, focusing on the status of the sBMS (shared Biometric Matching System) – a tool for cross-checking biometric data (fingerprints and facial images) and detecting links between information on the same person in different EU information systems. sBMS is one of the main Interoperability elements, seeking to ensure improved identity management.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The 26<sup>th</sup> EES/ETIAS AG and the 16<sup>th</sup> ECRIS-TCN also touched upon sBMS, discussing the implementation of the User Software Kit (USK) in sBMS, but also the latest updates from the Biometric Working Group meeting held on 23 March 2021.</p><p>The ECRIS Reference Implementation (RI) integration options, including ICD (Interface Control Document) implementation and testing requirements, were also discussed. Last year in April, eu-LISA took over the operational management of the ECRIS RI from the European Commission. ECRIS RI offers a web-based integration interface which enables connection with Member States' legal systems such as their criminal record registers.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The next AG meetings are scheduled as follows:</p><ul><li>Interoperability: 17-18 May 2021<br></li><li>EES/ETIAS: 18-19 May 2021</li><li>ECRIS-TCN: 20 May 2021</li></ul><p>Each AG meeting contributes to informing stakeholders about the latest developments and improving the IT systems that form the backbone of the Schengen Area's internal security.</p><p>Detailed information about each large-scale IT system and how they contribute to keeping Europe safe can be found on our interactive <a href="">Discover eu-LISA</a> portal.<br></p>
EES - VIS – Interoperability Webinar–-Interoperability-Webinar.aspxEES - VIS – Interoperability Webinar15/04/2021 10:00:00<p>On 31 March, 236 online participants attended the eu-LISA ΄Interoperability Components between VIS and EES΄ webinar. </p><p>The Visa Information System (VIS) allows countries in the Schengen Area to exchange visa data related to free movement within its borders. The Entry/Exit System (EES) will register time and place of entry or exit of third-country nationals, and calculate the duration of their authorised stay, thus replacing the obligation to stamp passports at border crossings. </p><p>The purpose of the webinar was to give an overview of the current capabilities and functionalities of the VIS architecture, its business processes and the impact the introduction of EES and interoperability aspects will have on VIS.</p><p>Participants at the webinar consisted of Member State professionals that currently working with VIS and are interested in understanding the evolution of the system as well as the VIS-EES interoperability components that are being introduced.</p><p>The recording of the webinar and the slides presented are now available on eu-LISA's <a href="" target="_blank">Learning Management System (LMS)</a> for authorised users.<br></p><p></p><center> <img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/VIS%20and%20EES%20Webinar.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /> </center><p></p> <br>
Call for Expression of Interest - eu-LISA Industry Roundtable June 2021 for Expression of Interest - eu-LISA Industry Roundtable June 202131/03/2021 13:00:00<p>​<span>On </span> <strong>1-2 June 2021</strong><span>, the European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (eu-LISA)</span><strong><em> </em></strong> <span>will host its next </span> <strong>Industry Roundtable</strong>, in cooperation with the <a href="" target="_blank">Portuguese Presidency</a> of the Council of the EU<span>.</span></p><p>The event will take place online using a dedicated platform for virtual events. </p><p>This year, the Roundtable will focus on the<strong> development and implementation of technologies facilitating contactless or seamless</strong><strong> </strong> <strong>travel</strong> in light of the ongoing global pandemic<strong>. </strong></p><p>Enabling seamless or contactless travel is a complex endeavour <strong>requiring the collaboration of a wide range of stakeholders spanning both public and private sectors</strong>,<strong> </strong>from visa-issuing authorities to transportation identity management and healthcare industries to mention a few. The recent developments in <strong>digital identity management</strong>, ongoing discussions around the deployment of digital health or vaccination certificates, as well as regional and global efforts aimed at facilitating data exchange, serve as a solid foundation for further development of seamless or contactless travel.</p><p>The Industry Roundtable will feature pioneering technologies, products and services provided by the industry, addressing the pandemic-related challenges the current security ecosystem faces. Industry will showcase these technologies, products and services to the end-user community of experts, representing relevant authorities from EU Member States and EU Institutions. The Roundtable will also provide a forum to discuss recent developments facilitating the deployment of contactless traveller processing solutions in diverse environments (i.e. in airports, ports, as well as at land borders). </p><p>The event will focus<strong> </strong>on the following <strong>challenges</strong>: </p><ul><li> <strong>Enabling digital identity management for travel purposes</strong>,<strong> </strong>in particular in the context of<strong> international travel</strong>;</li><li> <strong>Biometric identification technologies enabling contactless, seamless, safe and secure movement of legitimate travellers, while guaranteeing the security of EU borders</strong> - <strong> </strong>specifically, recent advances in the development of<strong> automated border crossing solutions </strong>allowing for contactless traveller identification and identity verification.<br></li></ul><h2> <br> </h2><h2>Call for Expression of Interest<br></h2><p> <br> </p><p>If your company is interested in presenting an innovative technology, product or service in one or more sessions, <strong>please sign up to participate</strong> using this <a href=""> <strong>dedicated form</strong></a>. </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Please specify which of the above-listed challenges you would like to address in your presentation</span>. </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Please provide a brief description of your company and the solution/ technology you would like to present.</span></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. eu-LISA will communicate the outcome of the selection procedure to all applicants. <br></p><p> <br> </p><h2>Timeline<br></h2><ul><li>The <strong>Call </strong>for Expression of Interest is<strong> open until 28 April 2021</strong>. </li><li>eu-LISA will review the proposals and inform the <strong>selected speakers</strong> by <strong>7 May 2021</strong>.</li><li> <strong>Registration </strong>details will be announced in<strong> May </strong><strong>2021</strong>. </li><li>The<strong> Final programme </strong>will be released on<strong> 17 May 2021.</strong></li></ul><div> <b><br></b></div><p>For any queries, please contact us at <a href=""></a>.<br></p><p> <br> </p><p style="text-align:center;"> <img src="/Newsroom/PressRelease/PublishingImages/ir202106_call.jpg" alt="" style="max-width:85%;" /> </p> <br><br>