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VIS Us­er Group Con­fer­ence 2014 (In­vi­ta­tion)

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In Oc­to­ber 2011 the Visa In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (VIS) was set in­to op­er­a­tion and in­tro­duced a wide range of changes in the con­text of con­sular and bor­der af­fairs and many oth­ers. One of the most im­por­tant in­no­va­tions that have shaped the na­tion­al visa and bor­der pro­ce­dures is the large-scale use of fin­ger­prints, which was the main top­ic of the VIS Us­er Group Con­fer­ence in 2012.

Apart from bio­met­rics the VIS in­tro­duced var­i­ous oth­er op­er­a­tional and tech­ni­cal chal­lenges at na­tion­al lev­el. The need for Mem­ber States to share knowl­edge and their ex­pe­ri­ence, im­prove co­op­er­a­tion and to iden­ti­fy ways to syn­chro­nize and har­mo­nize their ap­proach­es in or­der to sup­port the over­all ob­jec­tive has grown.
There are al­ready dif­fer­ent bod­ies and work­ing groups deal­ing with po­lit­i­cal as­pects or the func­tion­ing of the cen­tral sys­tem. But in terms of op­er­a­tional mat­ters on na­tion­al lev­el, the na­tion­al de­sign of the im­ple­ment­ed sys­tems and pro­cess­es, which play a key role when it comes to the ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient func­tion­ing of the over­all sys­tem, a lack of in­for­ma­tion ex­change was iden­ti­fied. The VIS Us­er Group is sup­posed to fill this gap.

In a 3-day pro­gram the fol­low­ing au­di­ence and ar­eas of in­ter­est shall be ad­dressed:

Day 1 and 2 con­tain var­i­ous top­ics most­ly con­cern­ing For­eign Af­fairs (MFA) and Cen­tral Na­tion­al Au­thor­i­ties (CNA) in charge of your VIS in­te­gra­tion. Bor­der as­pects could be touched but are not pri­mar­i­ly ad­dressed.

Day 3 is or­ga­nized in co­op­er­a­tion with the Eu­ro­pean Agen­cy for the Man­age­ment of Op­er­a­tional Co­op­er­a­tion at the Ex­ter­nal Bor­ders of the Mem­ber States of the Eu­ro­pean Union Fron­tex and ob­vi­ous­ly ad­dress­es bor­der mat­ters in the con­text of the EU VIS.

For more in­for­ma­tion and de­tails please con­tact: EU-VIS@bva.bund.de