Independent external evaluation of the European Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice - eu-LISA
The 2015 External Evaluation of the European Agency for the operational management of large- scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice (eu-LISA) falls in a period when the European area of security, freedom and justice faces an influx in migratory flows and an increase in the number of asylum applications. As EU Member States attempt to manage these migratory flows, in collaboration with the European Commission, the need to ensure the smooth functioning of the three large-scale IT systems supporting their work in the Home Affairs area (the second generation Schengen... Information System (SIS II), the Visa Information System (VIS) and the Eurodac system) is high on the agenda. The Evaluation has demonstrated that the Agency effectively fulfils its tasks. By being entrusted by the EU legislator with the management of the three systems, the Agency has been able to pool resources and ensure synergies and a more consistent approach. The Agency also contributes therefore to a more coordinated, effective and coherent IT environment. Nevertheless some ways of improvement were identified in order for the Agency to improve its operational management. Moreover, after three years of the establishment of the Agency, the Evaluation Team has identified the possible need for revision of or extension of the tasks entrusted to eu-LISA in the establishing Regulation and other relevant legal instruments. This would enable the adaptation of the Agency’s current mandate in order to ensure that it meets current challenges at EU level.