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Tuesday 20 June, 2017


08:45 – 09:15


09:15 – 10:00

Welcome and Keynote Speeches

Ger Daly, Global Defense & Public Safety Senior Managing Director, Accenture

09:20 – 09:40

Keynote Speech

Dimitris Avramopoulos, European Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs

09:40 – 10:00

Keynote Speech

Andres Anvelt, Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Estonia

10:00 – 11:00

Managing External Migration: From design to implementation across Europe

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

Participants discussed 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 also offered 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

Moderator: Paul Adamson, Chairman, Forum Europe

Fabrice Leggeri, Executive Director, European Border and Coast Guard Agency
Patricia Van de Peer, Head of Department of Asylum Support, European Asylum Support Office
Rainer Münz, Adviser on Migration and Demography, European Political Strategy Centre
Ger Daly, Global Defense & Public Safety Senior Managing Director, Accenture

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 discussed two of the leading EU initiatives put forward to build stronger and smarter information systems for borders and security in Europe.

Panellists analysed 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 also discussed 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

Moderator: Patrick Stephenson, Deputy Editor, Security Europe

11:15 – 11:25

Keynote Speech

Olivier Onidi, Deputy Director General, DG Home, European Commission

11:25 – 11:35

Keynote Speech

Krum Garkov, Executive Director, eu-LISA

11:35 – 11:45

Keynote Q&A

Olivier Onidi, Deputy Director General, DG Home, European Commission
Krum Garkov, Executive Director, eu-LISA

11:45 – 12:30

High-Level Discussion

Olivier Onidi, Deputy Director General, DG Home, European Commission
Krum Garkov, Executive Director, eu-LISA
James Canham, Managing Director - Border Services, Accenture
Pierre Mirlesse, Vice President, Health & Public Sector, Global Industries EMEA, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Sean Patrick O'Brien, Deputy General Manager & Head of Industry Value Engineering - EMEA Public Services, SAP


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 discussed 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 also focussed 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

Moderator: Jon Freeman, Research Group Director, RAND Europe

13:30 – 13:40

Keynote Speech

Lowri Evans, Director-General, DG GROW, European Commission

13:40 – 14:45

High-Level Discussion

Lowri Evans, Director-General, DG GROW, European Commission
Rini Goos, Deputy Chief Executive, European Defence Agency
Antti Kolehmainen, Managing Director - Global Defence, Accenture
JR Helmig, Chief Analytics Officer, SAS Federal

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 reflected 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

Moderator: Paul Adamson, Chairman, Forum Europe

15:00 – 15:10

Keynote Speech

Rob Wainwright, Director, Europol

15:10 – 16:15

High-Level Discussion

Rob Wainwright, Director, Europol
Alexandra Jour-Schroeder, Director for Criminal Justice, DG Justice, European Commission
Jürgen Ebner, Head of the Department Central Information Management, Bundeskriminalamt (BKA)
James Slessor, Managing Director - Public Safety, Accenture

16:15 – 16:30

Closing Keynote Speech

Sir Julian King, European Commissioner for the Security Union



Tuesday 20 June, 2017
08.45 to 16.30




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