everis and Sopra Steria sign a framework contract with eu-LISA and Frontex to develop IT systems for a safer and more efficient border in Europe
Wednesday, 21 October, 2020

everis and Sopra Steria, as a consortium, have signed a framework contract  with the European agencies eu-LISA and Frontex under Lot 2 of the Transversal Engineering Framework (TEF). The ultimate aim of the project is to enhance and make more efficient border management and migration, supporting through technology their efforts for a safer Europe.

Thus, TEF’s divided contracts have been awarded to several tenderers as multiple framework contracts with reopening of competition, including the consortium between everis and Sopra Steria. This award will mean a huge collaboration for the contractors to whom specific reopening of competitions are awarded to improve and develop information systems for European security, border management and migration.

The whole framework contract, valued at 187M€, brings together the expertise of the agencies and companies, and high-end technology. Given that the main activity of both agencies is centred on improving the implementation of asylum, border management, and migration policies of the EU and the cooperation between different organisms to monitor and analyse border movements, the consortium may support a further vision and a long-term plan for the EU.

Thus, the joint work will have a framework, positioning everis and Sopra Steria consortium as a key player in the Public Safety sector, being in charge of the designation, development, test, configuration, and implementation of the Core Business System process, the interoperability framework, and required components delivering, as well as collaboration with other contractors to ensure the newly developed system is properly integrated, tested and to take initiatives to issue to govern collaboration with other parties in case a  reopening of competition will be  awarded to this consortium.

The award also confirms everis as one of the key actor in eu-LISA’s transversal supply chain.  This brings continuity to the services since 2017, being a substantial partner for an agency established to provide a long-term solution for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in border management.

José Luis del Amo, eu-LISA Business partner at everis states that “everis is very proud to contribute to the eu-LISA and Frontex new strategy in the development of information systems for the coming years. I am convinced that the consortium will bring high-quality services to support the ambitious roadmap eu-LISA and Frontex are tackling aiming to our common goal, which is to help Member States in their better borders management and control, as well as the safety and efficiency in this process.”

The efforts to create the Transversal Engineering Framework, powered by the European agencies, will support and lead the development of new systems like ETIAS as well as the European Search Portal and the rest of the interoperability components, creating an innovation ecosystem which will boost the use of technology to make Europe’s security and efficiency increase exponentially.