Estonia to build new headquarters for European IT agency
The government has given a go-ahead to an agreement between Estonia and the European IT agency EU-LISA, regarding the construction of its new headquarters in Tallinn.
The agreement consists of 25 articles that stipulate Estonia's rights and obligations in relation to the agency. These include requirements to the agency's new building and its security, cooperation with other public offices and the rights of the agency's employees.
Estonia agrees to build a new head office for the agency that will accommodate up to 100 employees. The agency can use the office complex for free and it should be completed by December 2017.
The employees of the agency will be equaled in status and rights with diplomatic staff. No immigration restrictions will be applied to them or their family members.
The agreement will be signed by Minister of the Interior Hanno Pevkur.
"That the IT agency's headquarters will be located in Tallinn carries symbolic meaning for Estonia. It solidifies the image of Estonia as a country with good IT skills. It is no less important that the strategic planning team, which will be leading the systems development of the EU justice and home affairs, will be working here," Pevkur said.
The agency was established on December 2012. It provides solutions for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of EU Home Affairs. It also manages EU data, including visa, asylum and crime information.
The seat of the agency is in Tallinn but the operational management of the large-scale systems is currently carried out in Strasbourg, France.