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Today we placed the cornerstone of the new Information architecture for the Justice and Home Affairs domain we placed the cornerstone of the new Information architecture for the Justice and Home Affairs domain16/05/2019 21:00:00<p>​After almost two years of the most extensive and thorough preparatory work the European Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (eu-LISA) and the winning tenderer – an <em>IBM Belgium BVBA, Atos Belgium NV and Leonardo S.p.a.</em> consortium - formalised the launch of the Framework Contract for the implementation and maintenance in working order of a new IT system, the Entry/Exit System (EES).  <br></p><p><em>"Today we reached a significant milestone for not only eu-LISA but Europe by large, signalling the end of the discussions phase and the beginning of implementation which will have an EU wide impact on border management and internal security. This is how our Agency starts building the solid foundations of a new information architecture in the Justice and Home Affairs domain, which will bring a range of new and extended capabilities for EU Member States and will facilitate a strong and timely response to the present challenges in the areas of border management and internal security that concern all EU citizens. We cannot accomplish all this alone though. We need strong partners as well as close and constructive cooperation with them. We are delighted that today, after years of dedication and hard work by our teams, to have found knowledgeable and experienced partners that I believe are capable of delivering under challenging deadlines and a complex scope of work, assisting eu-LISA to achieve a timely implementation of the Entry/ Exit System for the EU,</em>" emphasised Krum GARKOV, eu-LISA's Executive Director, during the kick-off meeting at the Agency's operational site in Strasbourg, France.</p><p>The EES is one of the IT systems foreseen to shape the EU's new IT architecture that will contribute to the modernisation of external border management, help Member States deal with ever increasing number of travellers to the EU without having to increase the number of border guards as well as reinforce internal security and the fight against terrorism and serious crime. EES will electronically register third-country nationals visiting the Schengen area for a short stay. It aims to facilitate border checks, reduce delays and ensure reliable identification of over-stayers. The main users of the new IT system will be EU Member States' dedicated and competent authorities and Europol with a view to preventing, detecting and investigating terrorism as well as perpetrators or victims of crime. The European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) will have access to EES in order to consult specific data when risk analyses and vulnerability assessments are to be carried out.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>New Service Lines for eu-LISA</strong></p><p>The Agency initiated the preparatory work related to the implementation of the EES back in 2016, in parallel with the process of the adoption of the legal proposal. This approach proved to be efficient and allowed for a smooth implementation of EES, as soon as its legal base entered into force at the end of 2017. Being a centre of excellence in the field of development and management of large-scale IT systems, the Agency is now responsible for implementing all the activities related to the development, implementation and operational management of the central EES as well as connecting Member State border infrastructures to the central EES. This will be done by the National Uniform Interface (NUI), which is identical across all Member States as it is based on common technical specifications. eu-LISA will not only develop this interface but also coordinate the  integration of the NUI by the Member States at their national level. In addition, eu-LISA is to host the other external interface of EES – the Web Service (WS) – which is to provide services to third country nationals wishing to verify their authorised length of stay. The WS will function also as a carriers' gateway to check if third country nationals with a short visa, issued for one or two entries, has already reached the number of entries authorized by the visa, or not. Both, the NUI and the WS, are new types of services which eu-LISA has not offered before. </p><p>The overall ceiling of the EES Framework Contract is slightly over euro 142,000,000 for a maximum period of six years. </p><p><strong><br></strong></p><p><strong>Background:</strong></p><p><strong>About eu-LISA</strong></p><ul><li>Since its establishment in 2011 and start of operation on 1 December 2012, the Agency has been a key stakeholder in the JHA domain and an essential part of, and net contributor to, the normal functioning of the Schengen Area. It has proven itself to be a reliable provider of operational services for the systems entrusted to it, making the systems operational 24/7 uninterruptedly and providing direct access to 28 Member States, 4 Associated Countries and selected JHA Agencies. It continuously evolves its systems to better serve end-user needs and meet changing policy demands. </li><li>The Agency ensures the operational management of the <em>European Dactyloscopy</em> Database (<strong>Eurodac</strong>), the Schengen Information System (<strong>SIS</strong>) and the Visa Information System (<strong>VIS</strong>) and their respective communication infrastructures. In the coming years, <strong>the existing systems will be renewed/upgraded and new systems</strong>, namely the Entry/Exit System (<strong>EES</strong>), the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (<strong>ETIAS</strong>) and the European Criminal Records Information System for Third County Nationals (<strong>ECRIS-TCN</strong>) <strong>will be developed and enter into operation</strong>.</li><li>Further to the evolution and development of individual systems, <strong>interoperability of large-scale IT systems</strong> will also be developed and implemented. Interoperability and its components, namely the Common Identity Repository, the European Search Portal, the shared Biometric Matching Service, the Multiple Identity Detector and the Central Repository for Reporting and Statistics, will provide modern solutions to IT services.</li><li>The headquarters of the Agency are located in Tallinn, Estonia; its operational site is in Strasbourg, France and it has a liaison office is in Brussels, Belgium. </li></ul><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Links:</strong></p><p>Website: <a href="/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a> </p><p>Social media: <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Twitter</span></a>; <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Facebook</span></a>; <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">LinkedIn</span></a>; <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">YouTube</span></a></p><p>Press release: <a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Documents/2019-EES-Kickoff.pdf"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">PDF</span></a></p><p>EES promotional video: <a href="/Newsroom/VideoGallery/Pages/Detail.aspx?VID=164"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Enhanced Security with the Entry/ Exit System</span></a></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Contact: </strong></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><a href=""></a></span></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span> </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span> </p>
eu-LISA Industry Roundtable Focuses on Seamless Border Crossings Industry Roundtable Focuses on Seamless Border Crossings23/04/2019 21:00:00<p></p><p>On 24 April 2019 eu-LISA (the European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice) is hosting an Industry Roundtable entitled "Making EU land and sea border crossings seamless and secure - operational solutions" in Bucharest, Romania. The event is organised under the auspices of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU. The roundtable focuses on the work of the Member State Working Group on Land and Sea Borders convened under the Entry-Exit System (EES) Advisory Group and explorse the group's findings and proposals on how expedited crossings of vehicles and pedestrians can be managed. The event brings together more than 100 representatives of the global border management and security industry to discuss legislative requirements, processes and technologies.<br></p><p> <br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/201904rt1.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;max-width:85%;" /> <br></p><p>The Member State Working Group has examined and reported on requirements for practical technological solutions that can be deployed at land and sea borders in a unified way (<a href="">Download the Report</a>). The solutions should ensure the fulfilment of all EES requirements, particularly those connected with the enrolment and use of biometrics, while taking into account the limited time available for border control. In this manner, the solutions should be consistent with those already managed by eu-LISA in that they support Member States to ensure security while boosting efficiency. <br></p><p>"Today, for the 10<sup>th</sup> time, eu-LISA will facilitate a dialogue between the public sector and the industry. This round table comes at the right moment to contribute to the ongoing process of digitisation of border management. At the same time, considering the fast progress made towards implementation of EES, one thing is very clear - the time for theoretical discussions is over. Now we need practical and efficient solutions to enable seamless deployment of EES at land and sea borders of the EU. I believe that we will get lots of insights on them today.I am convinced also that the outcomes of discussions today, considering the huge work done by the Agency and the Member States to prepare this round table and the strong support from the Romanian Presidency, will contribute significantly to the successful implementation of EES", said Krum Garkov, Executive Director of eu-LISA.</p><p>Industry representatives will propose practical workflow solutions, outlining their views on how consultation of large-scale IT systems, biometric sample enrolment and verification as well as other necessary steps can be effectively accomplished.</p><p>On behalf of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Carmen Daniela Dan, Minister of Home Affairs,  states that "Today's event will bring together both practitioners from law enforcement, including IT&C experts, and industry representatives with the aim of finding feasible solutions to the challenges that must be dealt with at the external borders. With the increasing mobility of persons and goods when emerging threats such as terrorism and organised crime are part of everyday life, we need to ensure the right balance between open and easy to cross, while at the same time secured and controlled borders. Law enforcement authorities must be provided with the necessary tools to prevent and combat all threats, to cope with any challenges that may arise, including through adequate IT&C solutions that are essential in ensuring effective border and migration management."<br></p><p>Presenters and speakers will include the European Commission, DG Migration and Home Affairs, the Chairperson of the EES Advisory Group as well as representatives of companies IN Groupe, IDEMIA, SITA, Secunet, Deloitte and Vancouver International Airport.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Background:</strong></p><p><strong>About eu-LISA</strong></p><p>The European Union Agency eu-LISA, established in 2011, manages large-scale information systems in the area of freedom, security and justice. It currently operates three large-scale systems, namely Eurodac, the Schengen Information System (SIS) and the Visa Information System (VIS), ensuring optimal service to end users and continuously evolving the systems to meet new needs. The Agency therewith supports the implementation of the EU's border management, migration and internal security policies. <br></p><p>The Agency is currently planning technical solutions to bring the systems towards interoperability with the final adoption of the legal basis expected in the near future. This means that authorised users such as police officers, migration officials and border guards will have faster, seamless and more systematic access to the information they need to do their jobs.</p><p>eu-LISA has also been entrusted to develop  and  subsequently manage The European Entry Exit System (EES) and the European Travel Information Authorisation System (ETIAS). Both systems will also be integrated into the interoperability framework as will the European Criminal Records Information System – Third Country Nationals (ECRIS-TCN) once the respective legislation is completed.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>eu-LISA Industry Roundtables and Workshops</strong></p><p>The Agency has a proud history of hosting and running events targeted at industry that have focused mainly 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, this bi-annual event has grown both in size and scope over the years with more than 100 industry, national ministry and law enforcement representatives registered for the current edition. </p><p> <br></p><p><strong>Links:</strong></p><p>Roundtable website: <a href=""></a>   </p><p>WG Report: <a href=""></a></p><p>Twitter: <a href=""></a></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Contact:</strong></p><p><a href=""></a><br></p>
eu-LISA Inaugurates Its Operational Site’s New Building’s-New-Building.aspxeu-LISA Inaugurates Its Operational Site’s New Building20/11/2018 13:30:00<p>Today eu-LISA celebrates its renovated site in Strasbourg with an inauguration event to thank those who provided the Agency with a modern working environment. Representatives from the French government, eu-LISA's governing bodies, EU institutions, EU Agencies, the local government, as well as eu-LISA's staff will take part in the festive event at 18 rue de la Faisanderie.</p><p><strong>Executive Director Krum Garkov said</strong>: <em>"Today sets a landmark for eu-LISA activities that are at the heart of the EU's internal security policies. This is where the Agency manages its large-scale IT systems that help safeguard, amongst others, Europe's borders. When the first building was built on these premises back in the 1990s, it could accommodate roughly 40 people. Now, we can say we are close to handling the ever growing need for specialists in the field, as the site is now sized for up to 5 times that capacity. It was not an easy task to get where we are today, but the hard work and dedication of all those involved has paid off</em><em>".</em></p><p><em><br></em></p><p>Read the full <a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Documents/eu-LISA%20SXB%20PR%20EN.pdf">press release</a>.​</p><p><br></p><p><img src="/Newsroom/PressRelease/PublishingImages/SXB.jpg" alt="SXB.jpg (1572×888)" style="margin:5px;width:786px;" /><br></p>
eu-LISA and Frontex Joint Conference: EU Borders - Getting Smarter Through Technology and Frontex Joint Conference: EU Borders - Getting Smarter Through Technology17/10/2018 07:30:00<p>​​​​<em style="background-color:rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);">On 17 October 2018 eu-LISA (the European Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice) and Frontex (the European Border and Coast Guard Agency) will co-host the conference "EU Borders - Getting Smarter Through Technology" in Tallinn, Estonia. The event is organised under the auspices of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU. The conference will focus on new trends, technologies and challenges in external border management, both from strategic and operational points of view. The conference will bring together some 180 delegates representing Member States, EU institutions and agencies, practitioners and industry.</em></p><p><em><br></em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em><img src="/Newsroom/PressRelease/PublishingImages/Annual_Conference_2018.jpg" alt="Annual_Conference_2018.jpg (1018×720)" style="margin:5px;width:786px;" /><br></em></p><p><em><br></em></p><p>EU border management authorities have faced increasing challenges in recent years. Crime continues to be more international than ever, placing pressure on border authorities to step up checks in order to detect illicit activities; terrorist attacks have taken place on the territory of the EU that have involved sometimes extensive cross-border travel during preparations; some of the most vulnerable in our society continue to fall victim to human trafficking. Such challenges present at the same time as the flux across borders increases due to trade, business, work and travel.</p><p>Technology is increasingly seen as a vital means to deal with the increasing demands on border authorities. In the coming years, at least two new large-scale IT systems will be developed and implemented - the European Entry-Exit System (EES) and the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS). Both systems seek to render border checks more comprehensive but at the same time more efficient. The systems will, inter alia, involve the use of biometric data to enable effective and rapid identity checks, the introduction of pre-travel authorisation processes to facilitate advance traveller processing and to remove some of the check burden from the first line border officer and the deployment of self-service technologies such as kiosks and Automated Border Control gates. eu-LISA is tasked with the technical development and implementation of both.</p><p>"Today, we face a transformation of the Justice and Home affairs domain, leading to a rapid convergence between border management, internal security and migration management from an operational and a policy point of view. We can no longer draw border lines between them. At the same time, the impact of the ongoing digital revolution will continue and even accelerate in the coming years. Therefore, the EU should continue to further explore the capabilities of technology to make border management, internal security and migration management stronger and smarter.</p><p>Although this all may sound too technological, if not technocratic, then I can assure you that in fact it is all about people. It's about how to best meet the expectations of EU citizens who are worried about terrorist threats, concerned with internal security as well as migration and expect our shared values, the values on which the EU has been built, to be translated into practical solutions and results.", said Krum Garkov, Executive Director of eu-LISA.</p><p>Undoubtedly, use of these systems implies significant change in border control processes. Efficiencies will only become apparent if the systems are appropriately utilised, technologies appropriately leveraged and border guards fully trained to deal with all eventualities. Engagement with the border guard community to enable their anticipation of future developments and their input during their development process will be key. eu-LISA and Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, will therefore be working closely together throughout.</p><p>"In order to effectively address the double challenge of increased travel and greater security needs, it is imperative we harness the power of transformation that innovative new technologies can offer," said Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri. "Our discussions today centre on precisely those sophisticated systems that will help bona fide travellers enter the EU, while detecting those who represent a threat to our security upstream in order to take appropriate action."</p><p>Mike Flander, Head of Unit at the Austrian Federal Ministry of Interior, states that "EU Borders – Getting Smarter Through Technology means Interoperability and means having the right information at the right time at the right place in a secure, reliable and trustworthy manner."</p><p>​Keynote speakers also include Olivier Onidi, Deputy Director General of the Directorate-General Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission. Experts from EU Agencies as well as from the public and private sectors of several countries worldwide will share their knowledge and expertise.</p><p>Online web-streaming will be provided during the conference at <span class="MsoHyperlink"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:corbel, sans-serif;"><a href=""></a></span></span>​ and a Twitter-wall will be available to enable interactive participation from all locations.</p><p><br></p><p>The full press release is available in <a href="/Newsroom/PressRelease/Documents/eu-LISA%20Conference%202018%20PR%20EN.pdf">English</a>.<br></p>