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Tuesday 20 June, 2017


08:45 – 09:15


09:15 – 10:00

Welcome and Keynote Speeches

09:20 – 09:40

Keynote Speech

Dimitris Avramopoulos, European Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs (confirmed)

09:40 – 10:00

European Priorities for Borders and Migration: A view from the Member States

09:50 – 10:00

Keynote Speech

Andres Anvelt, Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Estonia (confirmed)

10:00 – 11:00

Managing External Migration: From design to implementation across Europe

During this session, participants will discuss both the European Common Asylum System (ECAS) and the 2017 European Migration Package from an operationalisation perspective.

Participants will discuss how the European Border and Coast Guard Agency is managing its new return functions and the benefits of a new European Union Agency for Asylum to strengthen collaboration across Europe and improve asylum seekers’ journeys. It will also be an opportunity, again from an operational standpoint, to hear from private and civil initiatives using technologies to support asylum seekers.


  1. New EU governance agencies to implement return and asylum operations

  2. Using digital technologies to support the coordination of asylum seekers’ journeys

11:00 – 11:15

Networking Break

11:15 – 12:30

Effectively Managing Europe’s External Borders: From strategic consideration to operational execution

A few months after the High-Level Expert Group on Information Systems and Interoperability, coordinated by DG HOME, shares its conclusions and whilst eu-LISA is assessing the technical and operational feasibility of implementing a shared biometric matching service (BMS), a common identity repository and a European search portal for centralised systems , this session will discuss two of the leading EU initiatives put forward to build stronger and smarter information systems for borders and security in Europe.

Panellists will analyse the remaining operational and managerial challenges, key enablers and expected societal outcomes relating to the upcoming operationalisation of both an Entry-Exit System (EES) and the creation of the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS). They will also discuss how digital technologies can support national border agencies in the implementation of these two initiatives.


  1. Interoperability of information systems

  2. EES and ETIAS implementation milestones, benefits and key remaining challenges

  3. Digital technologies and enablers for effective border management


12:30 – 13:30

Networking Lunch

13:30 – 14:45

Strengthening European Defence Capabilities: The role of digital innovation

In the context of the white paper on the future of Europe, the recent European Defence Action Plan and the future research and technology defence programme, this session will discuss the role of digital innovation in the development of strategic defence capabilities across Europe and how EU institutions will co-manage and operationalise the new European Defence Fund.

Discussions will also focus on how national defence authorities can be aware and prepared for potential threats at an early stage and rapidly deploy resources using pre-warning and intelligence systems and effective logistic chains based on digital technologies such as satellite, social media and analytics.


  1. Governance, management and operationalisation of the European defence fund and research technology defence programme

  2. Digital assets for rapid defence deployment across Europe

  3. Effective pan-European collaboration between Member State defence authorities based on national innovation defence strategies

14:45 – 15:00

Networking Break

15:00 – 16:15

Public Safety Across Europe: How can policing authorities collaborate to fight against organised crime whilst responding to citizens’ expectations?

In an age of digital disruption, policing authorities need to effectively use technology to cope with extremely demanding challenges whilst also responding to citizens’ demands for increased transparency and stronger trust in policing-public interventions. Cross-border collaboration between European policing authorities, Europol and other partners has therefore never been more important in the fight against serious and organised crime than today in Europe. This is an inherent dimension to take into consideration in the design of the next 2018-2021 EU Policy Cycle for serious and organised crime as well as for upgrading ECRIS (European Criminal Records Information System) and assessment for building EPRIS (a European Police Record Index System) as two key EU strategic objectives.

Panellists will reflect both upon tackling operational and management challenges of implementing EPRIS and creating ECRIS as well as existing enablers for policing authorities’ transformational journey to meet citizens’ expectations in the digital age.


  1. ECRIS reform and the role of policing authorities

  2. EPRIS assessment and future challenges for implementation

  3. Enablers for policing authorities’ transformational journeys

  4. Managing citizens’ expectations: building trust and transparency

16:15 – 16:30

Closing Keynote Speech

Sir Julian King, European Commissioner for the Security Union (confirmed)



Tuesday 20 June, 2017
08.45 to 16.30




Brussels, Belgium



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