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Commissioner Johansson visits eu-LISA Johansson visits eu-LISA20/03/2022 22:00:00<p>The EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, visited eu-LISA's Headquarters in Tallinn on 21 March 2022.</p><p>During her visit, the Commissioner met with the management of eu-LISA and discussed the Agency's priorities for 2022, as well as eu-LISA's role in supporting the implementation of EU internal security policy. On the digital transformation of the home affairs domain, eu-LISA presented an overview of the implementation of the new information architecture for border management and the interoperability framework.</p><p>Importantly, discussions also focused on the impact of Russia's invasion of Ukraine on the Visa Information System (VIS), the Schengen Information System (SIS) and Eurodac, which is used to handle EU asylum applications.</p><p>In video-conference with the Agency's personnel, <strong>Commissioner Johansson</strong> stated "<em>eu-LISA keeps the current Schengen Information System, Visa Information System and the Eurodac systems for fingerprints, running smoothly. The Agency is there to help the EU as a whole to develop inter-connected and modern IT systems that deliver effective border control.</em></p><p><em>Since Russia's brutal invasion of Ukraine, eu-LISA has been vigilantly monitoring for cyber threats and maintains readiness.</em></p><p><em>Both are onerous task, but I am confident eu-LISA will keep delivering</em>".</p><p>"<em>It is our pleasure to welcome you here today, even if the mood is not a celebratory one. We stand in full solidarity with Ukraine and commend the bravery and resilience of its people. At eu-LISA, we are doing everything we can to ensure the full availability and efficiency of the EU's border management systems. This helps EU Member States to successfully address the challenges posed by the increase in migration caused by the attack on Ukraine. As Ukrainian people flee their homes, it is admirable to see European citizens welcome them into theirs. It must not be an easy journey, and all of us here at eu-LISA endeavour to make the border crossing process as smooth as possible with the systems that we provide. We stand by and will continue to support the EU, its Member States, and the Ukrainian people, in managing the effects of this terrible war,</em>" said eu-LISA <strong>Executive Director Krum Garkov</strong>.</p><p>They agreed to continue efforts towards the rollout of the future information architecture and doing their utmost in collaborating with EU bodies to find a peaceful resolution to the ongoing war in Ukraine.<br></p><h2>Background information</h2><p>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 as a long-term solution to the management of large-scale information systems in the area of freedom, security and justice, that became operational de facto in 2012. Today, it is at the forefront of Europe's information-driven border management and internal security, providing the expertise needed to manage and develop JHA large-scale IT systems and their respective communication infrastructure, on a 24/7 basis. The headquarters of eu-LISA are in Tallinn (Estonia), operational management is carried out in Strasbourg (France) and a backup site is located in Sankt Johann im Pongau (Austria). The Agency also has a liaison office in Brussels (Belgium).</p><h2>Further details<br></h2><p>Download the Press Release: <a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Documents/eu-LISA%20PR%20-%20Commissioner%20Johansson%20visits%20eu-LISA%20-%20EN.pdf">EN</a>, <a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Documents/eu-LISA%20PR%20-%20Commissioner%20Johansson%20visits%20eu-LISA%20-%20ET.pdf">ET</a><br></p><p>Contact</p><p><a href=""></a></p><p> +372 605 2267</p><p><a href="/"></a><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p>
Commissioner Reynders visits eu-LISA Reynders visits eu-LISA15/02/2022 09:00:00<p>The EU Commissioner for Justice, <strong>Didier Reynders</strong>, visited eu-LISA's Operational Site in Strasbourg on 14 February 2022.</p><p>The main focus of the visit was the digitalisation of cross-border judicial cooperation in the EU. The Commissioner and the management of eu-LISA discussed a strategic approach and different aspects of the deployment of new digital solutions in modernising the judicial systems in the European Justice domain.</p><p>Commissioner Reynders emphasised that the digitalisation of Justice will be a long but much needed process. It will comprise not only the necessity to speed-up digitalisation at national levels but also the need to invest in development of new tools and projects at the EU level. eu-LISA will play a crucial role, not only through the implementation of ongoing projects, but also in other current initiatives such as the Join Investigation Teams Collaboration Platform and future ones that should be part of an ambitious roadmap for the digitalisation of Justice.</p><p> "Europe is aiming for easy access to cross-border justice for citizens, businesses and legal practitioners. eu-LISA has a central role to play in this process and is already actively engaged with ongoing efforts towards the further digitalisation of the European Justice area. We are responsible for the technical maintenance of the ECRIS RI, are currently developing ECRIS-TCN and will also be taking over the maintenance of e-CODEX 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", said eu-LISA Executive Director <strong>Krum Garkov</strong>.</p><p>The Executive Director reconfirmed the Agency's readiness to continue close cooperation with the Commission to ensure a timely implementation of ongoing initiatives. Mr Garkov emphasised the need to have a comprehensive multi-annual roadmap for the digitalisation of Justice that connects all its building blocks and allows all stakeholders, including the European Commission, eu-LISA and Member States, to plan ahead.<br></p><p><img src="/Newsroom/PressRelease/PublishingImages/20220215.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p>In 2020, the Agency took over the operational management of the ECRIS Reference Implementation (RI), marking 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 how users (judicial authorities, legal practitioners and citizens) send and receive documents, legal forms and evidence. </p><p>More recently, on 1 December 2021, the European Commission presented a legislative proposal for a Regulation establishing a collaboration platform to support the functioning of <a href="">Joint Investigation Teams</a> (JITs) (COM (2021) 756 final). The general objective of the proposal is to provide technological support to those involved in JITs to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their cross-border investigations and prosecutions. According to the Commission proposal, the JITs platform design, development, technical management, and maintenance should be entrusted to eu-LISA.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Background information</strong></p><p>The European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (<a href="/">eu-LISA</a>), was established in 2011 as a long-term solution to the management of large-scale information systems in the area of freedom, security and justice, that became operational de facto in 2012. Today, it is at the forefront of Europe's information-driven border management and internal security, providing the expertise needed to manage and develop JHA large-scale IT systems and their respective communication infrastructure, on a 24/7 basis. The headquarters of eu-LISA are in Tallinn (Estonia), operational management is carried out in Strasbourg (France) and a backup site is located in Sankt Johann im Pongau (Austria). The Agency also has a liaison office in Brussels (Belgium).</p><p> </p><p><strong>Contact</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><a href=""></a><br> +372 605 2267<br> <a href="/"></a><br></p><p><br></p>
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>
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>