The European Agency for the Operational Management of large-scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (eu-LISA) was established in 2011 to provide a long-term solution for the operational management of large-scale IT systems that are essential instruments in the implementation of asylum, border management and migration policies of the EU. It is now an established contributor to the enhancement of Europe’s internal security, supporting through technology the efforts of all stakeholders for a safer Europe.

The Agency currently manages Eurodac, the second generation Schengen Information System (SIS II) and the Visa Information System (VIS).

​In the coming years, the Agency is foreseen to develop and subsequently manage several new systems, including:

  • The European Entry Exit System (EES)
  • The European Travel Information Authorisation System (ETIAS)
  • The European Criminal Records Information System – Third Country Nationals (ECRIS-TCN)

eu-LISA new establishing Regulation will facilitate the Agency’s growth, enable it to take advantage of economies of scale associated with operational management of such systems, and will allow stakeholders to take advantage of its ever-expanding expertise. It assigns responsibility for the implementation of interoperability between large-scale IT systems, foresees the increasing involvement of the Agency in the management of EU-funded research and requests the Agency to implement improved data quality control mechanisms.

More information about eu-LISA and its work can be found on the agency’s main website:

Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Finland’s presidency begins on 1 July and ends on 31 December 2019.

The priorities of Finland’s presidency are driven by its motto: “Sustainable Europe – Sustainable Future”. 

The presidency programme focuses on four main priorities: 

  • strengthen common values and the rule of law
  • make the EU more competitive and socially inclusive
  • strengthen the EU’s position as a global leader in climate action
  • protect the security of citizens comprehensively

Find out more about the Finland’s presidency at