|European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice|
eu-LISA headquarters in Tallinn, Estonia
|Formed||2011 (establishment) |
1 December 2012 (began activities)
|Headquarters||Vesilennuki 5, 10415 |
The European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (eu-LISA) is an agency of the European Union (EU) that was founded in 2011 to ensure the uninterrupted operation of large-scale IT systems within the area of freedom, security and justice (AFSJ), that are instrumental in the implementation of the asylum, border management and migration policies of the EU. It began its operational activities in 1 December 2012. The current establishing regulation entered into force on 11 December 2018, repealing the previous regulation and expanding the Agency's mandate. The new mandate strengthens the Agency's capacity to improve, design and develop information systems for European security, border management and migration, and broadens the scope of the Agency's work on research, innovation, testing and on the possibility to support the development of pilot projects and proofs of concept.
eu-LISA's headquarters is in Tallinn, Estonia, whilst its operational centre is in Strasbourg, France. In addition, eu-LISA also has a technical backup site in St Johann im Pongau, Austria, and a liaison office in Brussels, Belgium. The current executive director is Krum Garkov, who assumed his role in November 2012.
The management board composed of EU Member States and the European Commission oversees the agency's activities. Observer status on the board is given to Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, and Liechtenstein, as well as representatives of Eurojust, Europol, and Frontex. The Management Board's Chairperson, since June 2018, is the Hungarian representative to the board, Zsolt Szolnoki.
eu-LISA is responsible for:
- the operational management of EURODAC,
- the second generation Schengen Information System (SIS II), and
- the Visa Information System (VIS) IT-systems.
It has played a leading role in developing new IT systems, also under its management, such as:
- the Entry/Exit System (EES),
- the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS), and
- the European Criminal Records Information System - Third-Country Nationals (ECRIS-TCN).
eu-LISA aims to ensure the interoperability and compliance with data protection standards of all IT system under its management, whilst providing improved and secure access to EU Member State authorities to information stored at EU-level.
- "Who We Are". eulisa.europa.eu. Retrieved 23 December 2020.
- Official Journal of the European Union (14 November 2018). "Regulation (EU) 2018/1726 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 November 2018 on the European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (eu-LISA), and amending Regulation (EC) No 1987/2006 and Council Decision 2007/533/JHA and repealing Regulation (EU) No 1077/2011". Official Journal of the European Union.
- EU-LISA CONSOLIDATED ANNUAL ACTIVITY REPORT 2020 (29 June 2021). Document 2021–136 REV.1 eu-LISA Consolidated Annual Activity Report 2020. eu-LISA Management Board.
- "Executive Director". eulisa.europa.eu. Retrieved 23 December 2020.
- "Management Board". eulisa.europa.eu. Retrieved 23 December 2020.
- "Mandate And Mission | Core Activities". eulisa.europa.eu. Retrieved 23 December 2020.