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eu-LISA celebrates its 10th Anniversary with an Annual Conference in Tallinn, Estoniahttps://www.eulisa.europa.eu/Newsroom/PressRelease/Pages/eu-LISA-celebrates-its-10th-Anniversary-with-an-Annual-Conference-in-Tallinn,-Estonia.aspxeu-LISA celebrates its 10th Anniversary with an Annual Conference in Tallinn, Estonia13/10/2022 06:30:00<p></p><p>On 13 October 2022, eu-LISA will host its <a href="https://www.eulisaconference.eu/"><strong>Annual Conference "10 years as the Digital Heart of Schengen"</strong></a> to mark the Agency's 10<sup>th </sup>anniversary. Organised in cooperation with the <a href="https://czech-presidency.consilium.europa.eu/en/">Czech Presidency</a> of the Council of the European Union, the event will be held in Tallinn, Estonia and can be followed simultaneously online. The conference will also symbolically mark the end of the Agency's long-serving Executive Director's term of office in October 2022.</p><p>For the past decade, eu-LISA has been working around the clock on the digital transformation of border and migration management systems, to ensure a safe and secure Europe for all its citizens. The next decade will be about rolling out improvements to the existing systems, working on new ones and tying it all together - the full digitalisation of the European Justice and Home Affairs domain. </p><p>The Agency, which was originally established mostly as a technical agency, with the aim of taking over the operational management of the three already existing large-scale IT systems, has grown to become the EU Digital Agency, playing a crucial role in the implementation of EU policies in the Home Affairs and Justice domains, according to its Executive Director <strong>Krum Garkov</strong>.</p><p>The speaker line-up of the eu-LISA Anniversary Conference includes high-level representatives from EU institutions and Agencies as well as from International Organisations and EU Member States. Among the distinguished speakers, eu-LISA is pleased to welcome <strong>Margaritis Schinas</strong>, Vice-President of the European Commission, <strong>Ylva Johansson</strong>, Commissioner for Home Affairs, <strong>Vít Rakušan</strong>, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior of the Czech Republic representing the Czech Presidency, and <strong>Juan Fernando López Aguilar</strong>, Chairman of the European Parliament LIBE Committee. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Anniversary Conference will focus on eu-LISA's key contribution to the modernisation and digitalisation of the EU's border and migration management. The debate will focus on the growing importance of the existing systems, paving the way for the development of new systems to meet the increasing needs of Member States and EU citizens. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The year 2023 marks an important milestone in the completion of the Smart Borders vision. The new EU Justice and Home Affairs IT systems: Entry/Exit System (EES), the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) and the European Criminal Records Information System-Third Country Nationals (ECRIS-TCN) will become operational. These systems, supported by related interoperability components are a step further in the development of the EU's internal security ecosystem. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Innovation and evolving technologies are in the core of eu-LISA future. eu-LISA not only keeps up-to-date with the technological tools and solutions available, but offers also its expertise and support to address the future of the Schengen Area. The conference will address questions as related to the evolution of border management tasks to be automated or delegated to the artificial intelligence in the future. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Anniversary Conference, which paves the way for eu-LISA into its next decade, will be concluded by <strong>Luca Tagliaretti</strong>, Deputy Executive Director of eu-LISA. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Links</strong></p><ul><li>Conference website: <a href="https://eulisaconference.eu/">https://eulisaconference.eu</a></li><li>Speakers: <a href="https://www.eulisaconference.eu/speakers-2022/">https://www.eulisaconference.eu/speakers-2022/</a></li><li>Agenda: <a href="https://www.eulisaconference.eu/agenda-2022/">https://www.eulisaconference.eu/agenda-2022/</a></li><li>Dedicated Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/euLISAconf">https://twitter.com/euLISAconf</a></li><li>Hashtags: #euLISA10 • #eulisaconference • #EU2022CZ</li><li>Download the press release in <a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Documents/20221013_AC_PR_EN.pdf">English</a> and <a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Documents/20221013_AC_PR_ET.pdf">Estonian</a></li></ul><p> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Contact</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><a href="mailto:press@eulisa.europa.eu">press@eulisa.europa.eu</a></p><p style="text-align:left;">Mobile +372 5601 0163</p><p style="text-align:left;"><a href="https://eulisa.europa.eu/" style="background-color:rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);">eulisa.europa.eu</a></p>
eu-LISA Industry Roundtable focuses on air, land and sea carriers preparations for EES and ETIAShttps://www.eulisa.europa.eu/Newsroom/PressRelease/Pages/eu-LISA-Industry-Roundtable-brings-together-air-land-and-sea-carriers.aspxeu-LISA Industry Roundtable focuses on air, land and sea carriers preparations for EES and ETIAS10/10/2022 21:00:00<p style="text-align:justify;">The 16<sup>th</sup> edition of the eu-LISA Industry Roundtable, "<strong>EES and ETIAS - Getting Ready for the Entry into Operation</strong>", takes place on 11 and 12 October 2022 in Tallinn, Estonia, and online.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Organised in cooperation with the <a href="https://czech-presidency.consilium.europa.eu/en/">Czech Presidency</a> of the Council of the EU, the event focuses on new technology solutions and associated business/operational processes developed and deployed by the industry (carriers and their respective service providers operating at air, sea and land borders), associated air and sea ports operators and EU Member States in relation to the Entry/Exit System (EES) and the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS), two large-scale IT systems developed by eu-LISA which will enter into operations in 2023, changing the internal security ecosystem of the EU.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">According to the European Commission Regulations <a href="https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:32021R1217&qid=1632214750015">2021/1217</a> and <a href="https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:32021R1224&qid=1632214714852">2021/1224</a>, carriers will have the legal obligation to query EES and ETIAS systems to verify travellers' status before they cross the Schengen borders, to verify whether third-country nationals holding a short-stay visa have already used the number of entries authorised by their visa, or whether travellers subject to travel authorisation requirement are in possession of a valid ETIAS. Additionally, the revision of the Visa Information System (VIS – another large-scale IT system managed by eu-LISA), Regulation <a href="https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:32021R1134">2021/1134</a>, foresees an upgrade that incorporates checks on multi-entry visas, long stay visas and residence permits. Finally, the European Commission has proposed the revision of the current Advance Passenger Information (API) Directive, with the aim of providing the carriers with one unified interface for querying information.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">All these developments are expected to affect carriers' processes, including their infrastructures and equipment, particularly during check-in and boarding of travellers. Optimisation of the traveller flow management and the passenger verification process will be key to success. With the objective of further strengthening the support offered by eu-LISA to carriers, the October 2022 Industry Roundtable focuses on the carriers' needs and requirements that arise from the entry into operation of EES and ETIAS. The event also gives the opportunity to all stakeholders to debate and share knowledge, practical experiences and good practices, in order to improve the overall traveller experience, while enhancing overall security.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"<em>The Schengen Ecosystem of large-scale IT systems is going through major changes with the introduction of EES and ETIAS.</em><em> </em><em>Carriers will play a key role for the successful entry into operation of these systems. This Industry Roundtable is an opportunity for the industry to present technological solutions that can support the carriers and discuss and exchange on how to adapt business processes towards the entry into operation of EES and ETIAS</em>", says Philippe Harant, Head of the eu-LISA Governance and Capabilities Unit. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">On behalf of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU, Mr Vít Rakušan, the Minister of the Interior of the Czech Republic, complemented: "<em>The implementation of the Entry/Exit System and ETIAS is an extremely challenging task and a lot of work has been done by the Member States, eu-LISA, European Commission, European Parliament as well as the carriers, and border operators to launch these systems. Nevertheless, the challenges still persist and will remain when entering the final phases of the projects. The topic of this Industry Roundtable is an excellent choice and we are sure it will reach its traditional high quality and will offer a maximum of answers to pending questions".</em></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The eu-LISA Industry Roundtable aims to bring together industry representatives, Member State authorities and EU institutions, providing a forum for eu-LISA stakeholders to exchange views on the development of novel technologies, legislative requirements and business processes. Presenters and speakers include representatives of the European Commission, the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic, representatives from Member States authorities, eu-LISA, fellow EU agencies and the industry.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Further information regarding the agenda, venue, speakers are available on the dedicated Industry Roundtable website, <a href="https://www.eulisaroundtable.eu/">eulisaroundtable.eu</a>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The eu-LISA Industry Roundtable is followed by the eu-LISA <strong>Annual Conference 2022</strong>, on 13 October 2022. The agenda, speakers and registration form are available on the dedicated conference website, <a href="https://www.eulisaconference.eu/">eulisaconference.eu</a>.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Background Information</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">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 European JHA landscape. The Agency 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 Justice and Home Affairs 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 style="text-align:justify;">The Agency has a proud history of hosting and running events targeted at industry that have focused on solutions and proposals aimed at facilitating and advancing the technical aspects of eu-LISA's core business. Starting in 2014 with close to 50 participants, the event has grown both in size and scope over the years with almost 500 representatives of national authorities, EU institutions, industry, academia and NGOs registered for the current edition.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Further Reading</strong></p><ul><li><a href="https://czech-presidency.consilium.europa.eu/en/">Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU</a></li><li><a href="https://www.eulisaroundtable.eu/">eu-LISA Industry Roundtable Website</a></li><li><a href="https://discover.eulisa.europa.eu/">eu-LISA's Core Activities</a></li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Contact</strong></p><ul><li><a href="mailto:press@eulisa.europa.eu">press@eulisa.europa.eu</a></li><li>+372 605 2267</li><li><a href="/">eulisa.europa.eu</a><br></li></ul><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/202210_ir.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p>
Annual meeting of the EU Innovation Hub: research and innovation making a difference for citizens’ securityhttps://www.eulisa.europa.eu/Newsroom/PressRelease/Pages/Annual-meeting-of-the-EU-Innovation-Hub---research-and-innovation-making-a-difference-for-citizens’-security.aspxAnnual meeting of the EU Innovation Hub: research and innovation making a difference for citizens’ security14/09/2022 08:00:00<p style="text-align:justify;">On 13-14 September, the EU Innovation Hub for Internal Security held its Annual Event in Brussels, organised in cooperation with the <a href="https://home-affairs.ec.europa.eu/networks/ceris-community-european-research-and-innovation-security_en">Community of European Research and Innovation for Security</a> (CERIS). Representatives of EU institutions and agencies were joined by research and technology organisations, internal security practitioners from EU Member States, and academic experts in the security field. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Under the theme "Shaping responsible solutions for internal security", this year's Annual Event focused on the need to develop effective security solutions while at the same time meeting citizens' expectations in terms of privacy, transparency and accountability. The discussions focused on encryption and AI (the Hub's priorities for 2022), with presentations from a range of government, research and technology organisations. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Annual Event also provided an opportunity for mapping key innovation projects and stakeholders, as requested by the <a href="https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/council-eu/preparatory-bodies/standing-committee-operational-cooperation-internal-security/">Standing Committee on Internal Security</a> (COSI). This mapping will help to shape the Hub's priorities for the future. Participants left the event with a clearer understanding of how to translate research projects into real operational impact.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The EU Innovation Hub for Internal Security is a collaborative network of innovation labs, which are dedicated teams working in EU bodies to explore the application of new technologies. Innovation labs provide their respective agencies with technical updates and new solutions in fields including justice, border security, immigration, asylum and law enforcement. The Annual Event serves as a chance to review the Hub's work, showcase innovative projects and set priorities for the future.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Deputy Executive Director of eu-LISA, <strong>Luca Tagliaretti</strong>, said: "The EU Innovation Hub already demonstrates the value of inter-institutional collaboration. However, we must not stop here. To be truly successful, we should ensure that the Hub brings new ideas and initiatives that go beyond what we already do or plan to do as individual entities today, focusing on strategic priorities with a significant cross-sectoral component where collaboration brings clear added value. eu-LISA has been a committed member of the Innovation Hub since its beginning and strongly believes in the mission of the Hub and its potential role of bringing the innovation actors together, during the Annual Event and on regular basis."  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Technological innovation is particularly relevant for those responsible for the EU's internal security. Criminals are increasingly leveraging the benefits of modern technology, such as encryption and cryptocurrency platforms, within their malicious activities. The work of innovation labs is therefore a key pillar in ensuring law enforcement can stay one step ahead in the field of internal security. Therefore, the cooperation between all Hub Members and bringing the academia, legislators, Member States Authorities and project leader and exchanging ideas during events like the Innovation Hub Annual Event is so crucial.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Further information</strong></p><ul><li><a href="https://www.europol.europa.eu/operations-services-innovation/innovation-lab/eu-innovation-hub-for-internal-security">The EU Innovation Hub for Internal Security</a><br></li></ul><div><br></div><div><img src="/Newsroom/PressRelease/PublishingImages/20220914_eu_inno_hub.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></div><div style="text-align:center;"><img src="/Newsroom/PressRelease/PublishingImages/20220914_eu_inno_lt1.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></div><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/Newsroom/PressRelease/PublishingImages/20220914_eu_inno_lt2.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p>
eu-LISA Industry Roundtable Focuses on Identity Managementhttps://www.eulisa.europa.eu/Newsroom/PressRelease/Pages/eu-LISA-Industry-Roundtable-Focuses-on-Identity-Management.aspxeu-LISA Industry Roundtable Focuses on Identity Management15/06/2022 21:00:00<p style="text-align:left;">​The 15th edition of the <a href="https://www.eulisaroundtable.eu/">eu-LISA Industry Roundtable</a>, "Biometric Technologies in Identity Management and Verification", takes place in Strasbourg on 16 June 2022. Organised in cooperation with the <a href="https://presidence-francaise.consilium.europa.eu/en/">French Presidency of the Council of the EU</a>, the event will feature examples of  biometric technologies in identity management and verification, in the context of the large-scale IT systems developed and operated by eu-LISA.</p><p style="text-align:left;">Participants will share and discuss experiences and best practices as well as technologies addressing the capability gaps in identity verification at external border crossing points, as well as solutions that allow for effective and efficient identity management.</p><p style="text-align:left;">"Biometric recognition used in sub-optimal conditions, identity management as a service, system interoperability and big data management – I think there is a topic of interest for just about everyone in our stakeholder community", says eu-LISA Executive Director<strong> Krum Garkov</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:left;">Border crossing points are the focal point of attention for the upcoming launch of the <a href="https://eulisa.europa.eu/Activities/Large-Scale-It-Systems/EES">Entry/Exit System</a> (EES), which will increase automation at border controls and strengthen internal security. The system will replace the current practice of manual stamping of passports with electronic registration in a database of biographic and biometric information, helping EU Member States to handle traveller flows and carry out better monitoring of authorised stays and possible over-stayers.</p><p style="text-align:left;">When eu-LISA set out on its journey to develop the EES, one of the obstacles was ensuring that the quality of biometric data acquisition was up to standards – this was particularly difficult at land borders, where border guards encounter a wide range of vehicles (cars, lorries, trains), but also extreme weather or poor lighting, explains Garkov.</p><p style="text-align:left;">"Three years have passed since we tackled these challenges in a previous edition of the eu-LISA Industry Roundtable. During this time, eu-LISA has made significant progress in the development of the EES, while Member State authorities have moved closer to upgrading their border crossing points to ensure all qualitative criteria are met", he adds.</p><p style="text-align:left;">On behalf of the French Presidency of the Council of the EU, Jérôme Letier, Director of Digital, Ministry of Interior of France, stated: "One of our biggest challenges today is to ensure that Member States can benefit from the most efficient technologies depending on their own particularities in terms of identify management, both at border crossing points and during public security missions. Therefore, we must make sure that the devices used by national authorities are continuously adapted to technological evolutions".</p><p style="text-align:left;">The eu-LISA Industry Roundtable aims to bring together industry representatives, Member State authorities and EU institutions, providing a forum for eu-LISA stakeholders to exchange views on the development of novel technologies, legislative requirements and business processes. Presenters and speakers will include representatives of the European Commission, the United States Customs and Border Protection, the United States Office of Biometric Identity Management, the German Federal Office for Information Security, the Ministry of Interior of France, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, eu-LISA and industry.</p><p style="text-align:left;">The next edition of the eu-LISA Industry Roundtable will take place online in autumn 2022. <br></p><h2>Background Information<br></h2><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 as a long-term solution to the management of large-scale information systems in the European JHA landscape, 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 Justice and Home Affairs 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 style="text-align:left;">The Agency has a proud history of hosting and running events targeted at industry that have focused on solutions and proposals aimed at facilitating and advancing the technical aspects of eu-LISA's core business. Starting in 2014 with close to 50 participants, the event has grown both in size and scope over the years with more than 330 representatives of national authorities, EU institutions, industry, academia and NGOs registered for the current edition.<br></p><h2>Further Reading</h2><ul><li>Download the press release: <a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Documents/eu-LISA%20Industry%20Roundtable%20June%202022%20Press%20Release_FR.pdf">FR</a></li><li><a href="https://presidence-francaise.consilium.europa.eu/en/presidency/the-presidency-of-the-council-of-the-european-union/">French Presidency of the Council of the EU Website</a><br></li><li><a href="https://www.eulisaroundtable.eu/">eu-LISA Industry Roundtable Website</a></li><li><a href="https://discover.eulisa.europa.eu/">eu-LISA's Core Activities</a></li></ul><p style="text-align:left;"><strong><br>Contact</strong><br><a href="mailto:press@eulisa.europa.eu">press@eulisa.europa.eu</a><br>+372 605 2267<br><a href="/AboutUs/DP/Documents/eu-LISA%20Events%20Privacy%20Notice.pd">eulisa.europa.eu</a></p>