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News article16 March 20212 min read

Security and research: the Commission improves collaboration with Eu-LISA for secure and efficient IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice


Today, the Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs of the Commission and the European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (eu-LISA) co-signed dedicated Terms of Reference to improve collaboration on research and innovation relevant for IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice.

“The Terms of Reference will be useful to strengthen our collaboration on EU-funded security research and innovation. The competence of eu-LISA will be important to increase the potential that innovation from the best European researchers, companies and practitioners, supported by the EU, is used to improve and manage large-scale IT systems, not least with future technology born in the EU and that fully respects EU values and fundamental rights”, said Monique Pariat, Director-General for Migration and Home Affairs, DG-HOME, European Commission.

“Formalising these Terms of Reference today is another important step on the way towards a more coordinated approach in the area of innovation across Europe. eu-LISA is committed to continue increasing its contribution and footprint in this area and to stay at the forefront of European research and innovation. At the same time, the Agency firmly believes that success in the area of innovation can be built only through synergies and complementarity between the different actors involved”, added Krum Garkov, Executive Director of eu-LISA.

These Terms of Reference will ensure that research funded by the EU provides state of the art technologies, solutions and knowledge to the Agency and to Member States for the operational management of IT systems.

The improved collaboration with eu-LISA will allow the Commission to better plan investments on research and innovation in this area, and ensure that research projects deliver results in line with the identified needs, and eu-LISA to better monitor relevant European research and innovation.


EU civil security research is one of the building blocks of the Security Union. The Commission’s support to security research is carried out through the Horizon 2020 programme dedicated to Secure societies – Protecting the freedom and security of Europe and its citizens. Under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and Horizon 2020 Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation, the EU invested close to 3 billion euro in security research, including on border security. Research on civil security is also included in the proposal for Horizon Europe, the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation that will be running under the 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework.

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Publication date
16 March 2021