European Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice (eu-LISA) - (Decentralised Agencies)

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Decentralised Agencies

Decentralised agencies contribute to the implementation of EU policies. They also support cooperation between the EU and national governments by pooling technical and specialist expertise from both the EU institutions and national authorities. Decentralised agencies are set up for an indefinite period and are located across the EU.


European Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice (eu-LISA)



  • Role: Support the implementation of the EU’s Justice and Home Affairs policies by managing large-scale IT systems
  • Director: Krum GARKOV
  • Established in: 2011, operational since 1 December 2012
  • Number of staff: 137
  • Location: Seat: Tallinn (Estonia), operational site: Strasbourg (France), back-up site: Sankt Johann im Pangau (Austria)
  • Website: eu-LISA

eu-LISA provides technological support for the EU countries’ efforts to make Europe safer.


What it does

It manages large-scale integrated IT systems that

  • maintain internal security in the Schengen countries
  • enable Schengen countries to exchange visa data
  • determine which EU country is responsible for examining a particular asylum application.

It helps ensure Europeans can travel freely within the EU, without compromising Europe’s security.

The agency also tests new technologies to help put in place a more modern, efficient and secure border management system in the EU. It coordinated the testing and follow-up of the Smart Borders pilot project, the analysis of results and reporting on the pilot project, in close cooperation with the participating EU countries and the European institutions.



The agency has a management board, an executive director and advisory groups for each of the systems under its management.


How it works

It provides the technical and operational framework to ensure that people living in the EU can live, work and travel in the way they have come to know and expect. The agency manages the 3 main IT systems dealing with visas, asylum requests and sharing information to guarantee the security of the Schengen Area:


The agency works together closely with the EU countries, EU institutions and agencies in the field of justice and home affairs, particularly the following:


Who benefits

EU residents, who can travel freely and safely within the EU.


See also

eu-LISA Newsroom

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