Migration and Home Affairs

Security Union: Commission delivers on interoperability of EU information systems

Thursday, 29 June, 2017

The Commission is today delivering on its commitment to ensure interoperability and address the existing shortcomings of EU information systems for security and border management, as set out by the Commission in its 7th Security Union Report on 16 May and endorsed by the European Council of 22-23 June. As a first step, the Commission is proposing to strengthen the mandate of the EU Agency for the operational management of large scale IT systems (eu-LISA), enabling it to develop and roll-out the technical solutions to make the EU information systems interoperable. In addition, the Commission is also proposing further improvements to the European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS) to allow Member States to exchange criminal records of non-EU citizens more efficiently.

Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos said: "With the stronger mandate we propose today, eu-LISA will become the EU's digital centre of excellence, to make our vision for the interoperability of our information systems a reality." Commissioner for the Security Union Julian King said: "We have a range of databases to help us fight terrorism and manage our borders but our systems can only be as strong and effective as the data with which they are fed."

Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Věra Jourová, said: “Bringing the operational management of EU information systems under one roof and centralising the information exchange of criminal records of non-EU nationals is an important step forward."

For more information:

  • IP/17/1788: Security Union: Commission delivers on interoperability of EU information systems

  • Factsheet: Interoperability of EU Information Systems