The Executive Director of the European Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice (eu-LISA) Mr Krum Garkov and the Executive Director of EU's cyber security Agency ENISA Professor Udo Helmbrecht met in the headquarters of eu-LISA in Tallinn today, 25 April to exchange views on future cooperation and define the areas for sharing expertise.
Eu-LISA is the European Agency, responsible for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of justice and home affairs. In particular the Agency is in charge of the largest information system for public security and law enforcement cooperation in Europe (SIS II), the system to allow Schengen States to exchange visa data relating to applications for short-stay visas to visit or to transit through Schengen area (VIS) and the large-scale fingerprint database that assists primarily in the processing of asylum applications (EURODAC). The Agency is also responsible for VISION and DubliNET, the communication tools for the VIS and EURODAC systems respectively.
ENISA provides expertise in network and information, or cyber security. A delegation from ENISA visited eu-LISA late March this year to identify the possible fields for closer technical cooperation and exchange of expertise. The meeting of the Executive Directors of the two Agencies was organised to examine the possibilities for formalising the working arrangement between eu-LISA and ENISA and prepare grounds for a Memorandum of Understanding.
The Executive Director of ENISA, Professor Helmbrecht commented: "I am pleased to prepare the ground for this closer cooperation between eu-LISA and ENISA. By sharing expertise and best practices the Agencies will support each other in fulfilling their important tasks. We are pleased to support that security is properly considered and built in from the start in all systems, as well as to alert about upcoming and new threats.”
The Executive Director of eu-LISA, Mr Krum Garkov remarked: “I am delighted to see the start of development of cooperation between ENISA and eu-LISA. It would provide for synergies and create additional value for both agencies and their stakeholders. Joining efforts in the areas of training, information exchange and administrative management, we can avoid overlaps and increase efficiency, sharing best practices and pooling our knowledge to develop further services and solutions provided to the EU Member States”.
The seat of the eu-LISA is based in Tallinn Estonia whilst its operational centre is in Strasbourg, France. The business continuity site of eu-LISA is located in Sankt Johann im Pongau, Austria. ENISA’s headquarters is in Heraklion, Crete, and an operational office is situated in Athens, Greece.
Ulf Bergström, Senior Corporate Communications Officer & Spokesman. E-mail: Ulf.Bergstrom[at]enisa.europa.eu, Mobile: + 30 6948 460 143
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