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eu-LISA’s Working Group on Artificial Intelligence discusses priorities for the application of AI in the area of internal securityhttps://www.eulisa.europa.eu/Newsroom/News/Pages/eu-LISA’s-Working-Group-on-Artificial-Intelligence-discusses-priorities-for-the-application-of-AI-in-the-area-of-internal-s.aspxeu-LISA’s Working Group on Artificial Intelligence discusses priorities for the application of AI in the area of internal security28/09/2022 11:30:00<p style="text-align:justify;"></p><p style="text-align:justify;">On 28 September 2022, eu-LISA hosted the first hybrid meeting of its Working Group on Artificial Intelligence (WGAI) in Tallinn, Estonia, to discuss use-cases for the implementation of AI in the areas of internal security and migration.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Established in February 2021, the WGAI is an informal advisory body set up by eu-LISA involving experts from the European Commission, EU Member State authorities and relevant EU Agencies.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">During today's meeting, the working group discussed a number of priority use-cases to be further developed, transformed into pilot projects and, where feasible, implemented in the near future, in collaboration with the Member States. The use-cases discussed focus on improving the effectiveness and operational efficiency of authorities operating in the area of internal security and migration management. More specifically, application of AI to support the detection of forged travel and supporting documents, automated pre-processing of long-stay and residence permit applications for the Schengen Area, as well as AI supporting risk assessment by way of identification of irregular travelling patterns.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In the second part of the meeting, the working group participated in a validation workshop of the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.ap4ai.eu/">AP4AI</a> project. The main objective of the AP4AI (Accountability Principles for Artificial Intelligence) project is to define a set of accountability principles integrating positions of citizens and practitioners, develop a framework for assessing the compliance of AI solutions with the defined principles, as well as a software assessment tool to support security practitioners. The project is coordinated by <a href="https://europol.europa.eu/">Europol</a> and <a target="_blank" href="https://research.shu.ac.uk/centric/">CENTRIC</a>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The overall goals for the WGAI are to identify use-cases for implementing AI solutions within the large-scale IT systems entrusted to eu-LISA, to maximise the added value of the services the Agency provides to its stakeholders, and to facilitate the development of a common approach for the use of AI-based solutions.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The next WGAI meeting is scheduled for 23 November 2022, where the discussions on the specific challenges associated with the implementation of the prioritised use-cases will continue.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <br> </p><p style="text-align:center;"> <img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/20220928.jpg" alt="" style="max-width:85%;" /> </p><p> <br> </p><br>
eu-LISA committed to defending EU valueshttps://www.eulisa.europa.eu/Newsroom/News/Pages/eu-LISA-committed-to-defending-EU-values.aspxeu-LISA committed to defending EU values14/09/2022 13:00:00<p>On 14 September 2022, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, delivered her 2022 State of the Union address (SOTEU) to the European Parliament, presenting the achievements of the past year and the priorities for the year ahead. </p><p>In her address, Ms von der Leyen outlined flagship initiatives which the European Commission plans to undertake in the coming year. Many of them are made in response to recommendations from citizens collected through the Conference of the Future of Europe.</p><p>The initiatives among others include:</p><ul><li><p>Continuing to strongly support Ukraine and its people, including by mobilising the full power of the EU's Single Market</p></li><li><p>Putting in place measures to support Europeans weather the energy crisis</p></li><li><p>Supporting the business environment, particularly small and medium enterprises, to strengthen Europe's future competitiveness</p></li><li><p>Cutting the EU's dependency on Russian fossil fuels, and working closely with reliable suppliers</p></li><li><p>Investing further in renewable energy with a particular focus on hydrogen</p></li><li><p>Leading globally on climate adaptation and protecting our nature</p></li><li><p>Continuing to stand up for democracy, at home and across the world, and for the rule of law</p></li></ul><p>As further initiatives, the European Commission announced the upcoming legislative Proposal on the digitalisation of travel documents and the facilitation of travel, which will be of great interest for eu-LISA taking into consideration the Agency's intensive work on <a href="https://eulisa.europa.eu/Activities/Large-Scale-It-Systems/EES">EES</a>  and <a href="https://eulisa.europa.eu/Activities/Large-Scale-It-Systems/Etias">ETIAS</a>.<br><br>The President also addressed Home Affairs, stating that solidarity is still missing in the EU migration debate and that actions aimed at Ukrainian refugees should not be an exception. The EU needs a migration system that is crisis proof and quick to deploy, and a permanent and legally binding mechanism that ensures solidarity. It should be supported by effective controls at EU external borders for a Europe that manages migration with dignity and respect. She then referred to the New Pact on Migration and progress there calling for the political will to move forward. As <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=d983433c-0865-4de1-a0ae-1df1a0b7e4c0&TermSetId=8b33697b-07fc-4f3b-b28b-4f6a7829532a&TermId=c4f2f182-b3fb-4c5d-b569-0275e6a04efd">Eurodac</a> is one of the main operational responsibilities of eu-LISA, the Agency closely monitors the debate on the Pact and supports co-legislators with its technical expertise whenever required.<br></p><h2>Further Readings<br></h2><p></p><ul><li><a href="https://state-of-the-union.ec.europa.eu/index_en">European Commission press release and dedicated page</a></li><li><a href="/Newsroom/News/Documents/SOTEU%202022%20Achievements%20and%20Timeline.pdf" target="_blank">2021-2022 Achievements and Timeline</a><br></li></ul><p></p><p> <br> </p>
eu-LISA awarded for innovative public communicationhttps://www.eulisa.europa.eu/Newsroom/News/Pages/eu-LISA-awarded-for-innovative-public-communication.aspxeu-LISA awarded for innovative public communication13/09/2022 12:00:00<p>The European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (eu-LISA) received a Forbes Social Award for its innovative and inspirational initiatives in the field of public communication. The Forbes Italy awards ceremony took place on 13 September 2022, in Florence, Italy.<br> <br>According to Forbes, eu-LISA is one of a very small number of award winners and stands out for its strong ethical vocation and its use of innovative communication strategies, techniques and tools. This year's event is the first edition of the Forbes Social Awards where public institutions are featured.<br> <br>As the digital engine of the Schengen Area, eu-LISA is responsible for managing and promoting IT as a key success factor for the implementation of the European Union's policies in the area freedom, security and justice. Being in a driver's seat for the digitalisation's efforts of the EU's Justice and Home Affairs domain, the Agency is building an information architecture for border management and contributing to strengthening the security ecosystem.<br> <br><em>"This acknowledgement comes as a great honour for eu-LISA, an agency devoted to serving European citizens and making Europe safer and stronger through digital technologies. eu-LISA is the Digital Heart of Schengen. And Schengen represents some of the values upon which the Union has been built, namely freedom, security and justice. I am thus very happy that our efforts – to communicate from our "digital heart" to the hearts of people in Europe – have been not only noticed, but also appreciated and recognised",</em> said Krum Garkov, Executive Director of eu-LISA.<br></p>
EU Justice and Home Affairs agencies joint paper on COVID-19 – Latest updatehttps://www.eulisa.europa.eu/Newsroom/News/Pages/EU-Justice-and-Home-Affairs-agencies-joint-paper-on-COVID-19-–-Latest-update.aspxEU Justice and Home Affairs agencies joint paper on COVID-19 – Latest update12/09/2022 10:00:00<p style="text-align:justify;">The EU Justice and Home Affairs Agencies' Network (JHAAN) has released the <strong>second update of the joint paper on the COVID-19 response</strong>. This newest update contains further details on the individual and joint efforts by the nine EU Agencies active in the field of freedom, security and justice to deal with the impact of COVID-19.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, the EU JHA agencies (<a target="_blank" href="https://www.cepol.europa.eu/">CEPOL</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://eige.europa.eu/">EIGE</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.emcdda.europa.eu/">EMCDDA</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://euaa.europa.eu/about-us">EUAA</a>, eu-LISA, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.eurojust.europa.eu/">Eurojust</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.europol.europa.eu/">Europol</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://fra.europa.eu/en/about-fra">FRA</a> and <a target="_blank" href="https://frontex.europa.eu/">Frontex</a>) provided continuous support to the Member States and EU institutions in meeting the unprecedented challenges resulting from the outbreak of the virus - each agency within the scope of its mandate and its respective area of expertise.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">During 2020, the JHA agencies took all the necessary measures to ensure business continuity and uninterrupted operational support. At the same time, the Justice and Home Affairs Agencies' Network, under the presidency of Eurojust, initiated a mutual dialogue to share the agencies' experiences in dealing with the pandemic and consider new avenues for closer cooperation amongst the agencies and with key stakeholders inside and outside the EU.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">On 15 July 2020, the first Joint Paper on the COVID-19 response by the JHA agencies was released, capturing the agencies' individual and joint efforts to deal with the impact of the pandemic. As the pandemic continued to run its course throughout 2020, the <a href="/Newsroom/News/Pages/EU-Justice-and-Home-Affairs-Agencies’-Response-To-the-COVID-19-Pandemic.aspx">first update</a> of the joint paper covering the period of January-December was published in January 2021. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The updated <strong><a href="/Newsroom/News/Documents/JHA%20COVID%20Joint%20Paper.pdf">paper</a></strong> published <strong>today</strong> summarises the main actions taken by Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) agencies between January 2020 and April 2022.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="/Newsroom/News/Documents/JHA%20COVID%20Joint%20Paper.pdf"><img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/20220912_ig.jpg" alt="" style="max-width:75%;border:1px solid #d1d3d4;" /></a></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <strong>About the Justice and Home Affairs Agencies' Network</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The JHAAN connects nine EU Agencies active in the field of freedom, security and justice. Together, the agencies contribute to the implementation of the EU's objectives on migration, asylum and external border management, the fight against organised crime, drug trafficking and terrorism, gender equality and respect for fundamental rights. They also facilitate the functioning of EU IT systems, contribute to EU activities on drugs and drug addiction and deliver law-enforcement training.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <strong>Further Reading</strong></p><ul><li> <a href="/Newsroom/News/Documents/JHA%20COVID%20Joint%20Paper.pdf">JHAAN Joint Paper on COVID</a></li><li> <a href="/Newsroom/News/Pages/EU-Justice-and-Home-Affairs-Agencies’-Response-To-the-COVID-19-Pandemic.aspx">EU Justice and Home Affairs Agencies' Response To the COVID-19 Pandemic</a> (2021)<br></li></ul><p> <br> </p><br>