Featured keynote speaker Ciarán Carolan from ICAO – previously the head of the External Affairs and Capacity Building Sector at eu-LISA – talked about the dematerialisation of the passport and the increase in usability that could be achieved through global interoperability.
The audience got a glimpse at a few elements from the development of our Agency's e-VISA pilot project, an online visa application portal that aims to facilitate tourism and business, while preventing security risks and the risk of irregular migration to the EU.
As the event was co-hosted by the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU, attendees had the opportunity of seeing a case study in implementing contactless travel at Lisbon airport.
Three industry presentations touched upon the following topics:
Day 2 kicked off with an in-depth look at the European Commission's and Deloitte's security market study, which highlighted the importance of data protection and privacy when it comes to processing information within large-scale IT systems. Alongside the Commission and other JHA Agencies, eu-LISA is highly committed to processing personal data in a lawful way and strictly follows the requirements set out in the legislation that governs the IT systems in the execution of its tasks, and the development of new technologies.
Facial recognition and its potential applications in paperless travel/ immigration was the main topic of Patrick Grother's keynote presentation. The NIST scientist talked about the accuracy of multiple facial recognition algorithms, false positives, false negatives, as well as facial recognition whilst facemasks are worn.
The industry presentations featured further applied use cases, such as a drive-through border solution and a touchless biometric lane in the case of rail travel, as well as key attack vectors against biometric system, and touchless/ holographic border crossing gates.
The event was opened by European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson, who highlighted eu-LISA as a crucial backbone of the Schengen Area's digitalisation. Aleš Hojs, Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Slovenia, as well as Juan Fernando López Aguilar, Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), underlined the huge potential of artificial intelligence (AI) applications in internal security and border management, but not without overlooking safeguard and control mechanism that would insure the protection of fundamental rights and privacy.
Throughout the conference, the audience had to opportunity to vote on key questions for the future of the travel experience, concerning solutions for biometric-based contactless entry, vaccination information, and the use of anonymised data for AI studies. The results:
And here are the key takeaways, as seen by Executive Director Krum Garkov:
The opening speech from eu-LISA’s Executive Director Krum Garkov was followed by a keynote presentation on AI for Law Enforcement by Aleksander Pur (on behalf of the Slovenian Presidency) and on the prediction of migration flows (Cristina Blasi/ ITFLOWS). Company presentations featured Fujitsu, Decisively Australia, Atos and Almaviva.
Saskia Bayerl kicked off the day with a keynote presentation on the accountability for AI usage in the area of security. Company presentations were held by Leonardo, GMV and secunet.
The shortest session in the series had three company presentations showcased: NTT Data, PwC and Sopra Steria.
The final keynote presentation was delivered by Haoyu Zhang and Christoph Busch on AI supporting the evaluation of face recognition technology. Frontex Research Officer Luigi Raffaele presented an overview of the “Technology Foresight on Biometrics for the Future of Travel” project, and four company presentations (IDEMIA, Fujitsu, Mobai and secunet) closed the day before eu-LISA Deputy Executive Director Luca Tagliaretti’s closing remarks.
We have an obligation to regulate specific applications of AI bearing in mind the public good, without being dogmatic and regulating the technology as a whole, as this will reduce our competitiveness.
Europe Day 2021 marked the launch of eu-LISA's interactive Quiz, which challenges users to test their knowledge on topics regarding how the Schengen Area and the European Union work, and how eu-LISA does its part in ensuring free movement and safe travel across Europe.
Available in English, French and Estonian, the quiz contains 30 questions divided into 5 categories, addressing trivia that most citizen will inevitably ask themselves at one point, such as "If a country is part of the Schengen Area, is it also automatically a part of the EU?" or "Where does the name 'Schengen' come from?"
Several members of the public sent us screenshots of their results after completing our quiz, and they all looked like this:
Want to see if you can match their performance?
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eu-LISA continuously strives to ensure the freedom, security, and rights of the EU’s citizens and its future generations.
Thanks to our team’s skills, expertise, and efforts, for the past 10 years we have been developing large-scale IT Systems for the Schengen Area, allowing all of us to move freely, safely, and seamlessly.
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 in Maastricht.
Frontex and eu-LISA concluded an agreement to strengthen their cooperation. The cooperation plan was signed by Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri and eu-LISA Executive Director Krum Garkov during the Heads of Justice and Home Affairs Agencies annual meeting in Warsaw.
The nine European Justice and Home Affairs 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 European Commission, European Parliament, European External Action Service, the General Secretariat of the Council, as well as the current Slovenian Presidency of the Council and the upcoming French one.
On 21 October 2021, eu-LISA hosted a delegation from the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) at its headquarters in Tallinn, Estonia.
Establishing access for Eurojust to eu-LISA's new large-scale IT system ECRIS-TCN, as well as the Interoperability architecture that will strengthen the Justice and Home Affairs domain, is the foundation of the three-year Cooperation Plan.
As of 26 July 2021, Bulgaria and Romania have been successfully connected to the Visa Information System (VIS) for passive (read-only) access, allowing them to view visa applications and access e-mail services, allowing for smoother visa processing.
eu-LISA attended the Informal meeting of Justice and Home Affairs Ministers organised and hosted by the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
eu-LISA and Eurojust met online to discuss their cooperation plan for 2021-2023. Krum Garkov, Executive Director of eu-LISA, and Ladislav Hamran, President of Eurojust, exchanged views regarding future joint contributions on digitalising the criminal justice systems in the EU.
An overview of eu-LISA and its role in support the European Union’s visa policy was also discussed, with a special focus on VIS and ETIAS.
Meetings with host country authorities are always very productive and boost eu-LISA's constructive relations with key Member States.
The meeting focused on the digitalisation of the EU's justice domain and the development of the e-CODEX platform. As a champion of digitalisation, Estonia has valuable experience and a strong interest in the development of the EU's Digital Justice hub in Tallinn.
eu-LISA hosted its 7th annual meeting with the Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Counsellors and other stakeholders.
After almost a year of virtual meetings, eu-LISA had the pleasure of hosting a delegation from the Slovenian Ministry of Interior at its headquarters in Tallinn today.
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, to brief 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.
eu-LISA and the Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs of the European Commission (DG HOME) signed dedicated Terms of Reference to improve collaboration on research and innovation relevant to the JHA domain.
eu-LISA hosted its 7th high-level meeting with Ambassadors and representatives from diplomatic missions in Estonia. Already a traditional annual event, the briefing is also attended by senior officials from the Estonian administration.
The agencies' individual and joint efforts to deal with the impact of the pandemic have been captured in a Joint Paper on the COVID-19 response by the JHA agencies.
To further increase transparency and provide awareness regarding its activities, eu-LISA started publishing the summaries of its Management Board meetings.
Executive Directors Juhan Lepassaar (ENISA) and Krum Garkov (eu-LISA) signed a multiannual Cooperation Plan. The plan sets out activities that will provide benefits through joint actions to the Agencies themselves and to the EU Member States.