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About EU Innovation Hub
The EU Innovation Hub for Internal Security is a collaborative network of innovation labs that was established by the Council’s Standing Committee on Operational Cooperation on Internal Security (COSI) in February 2020. The EU Innovation Hub is a cross-sectorial EU platform and aims to ensure coordination and collaboration between all innovation actors of the wider field of the internal security. The Innovation Hub, being composed of various EU Agencies, European Commission (including JRC), the Council General Secretariat and the EU Counter Terrorism Coordinator, works to provide the latest innovation updates and effective solutions to support the efforts of internal security actors in the EU and its Member States, including justice, border security, immigration, asylum and law enforcement practitioners. For more information on the Hub, please refer to:

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9:30 - 10:00



Nicolas Bessot & Thierry Hartmann, co-chairs EU Innovation Hub for Internal Security Steering Group


Luis de Eusebio Ramos, Deputy Executive Director of Europol, Capabilities Directorate

Panel #1: Fundamental Rights Compliant Use of Data

The use of innovative tools, including AI, has the potential to bring benefits to the work of law enforcement. AI systems can, for example, improve the detection of crime more efficiently through processing and analysing data at scale. However, AI is human-made, human-fed and human-driven and as such, it always brings degrees of risk related to a wide range of fundamental rights. These risks include, but are not limited to, the right to a private life and data protection, non-discrimination and access to an effective remedy. These risks are especially relevant in law enforcement where decisions can have a significant impact on people’s lives. On the basis of three concrete projects, the panel is going to discuss how law enforcement authorities can manage such risks in practice.

Panel opening: Michael O'Flaherty, FRA Director (pre-recorded)


  • Ernesto La Mattina, AIDA
  • Thierry Hartmann, French Ministry of Interior, co-chair EU Innovation Hub Steering Group
  • Donatella Casaburo, Project ALIGNER
  • Emilie Né, UNCOVER
Moderator: Dr. Teresa Quintel, Maastricht University

11:15 - 11:45

Coffee Break

Panel #2: Innovation in Monitoring and Surveillance

Rapid technological developments impact EU security by creating new threats and technology-related crimes committed in physical and digital environments. The law enforcement community requires new tools to tackle these challenges, including access to technological instruments and knowledge.
This session will showcase several projects applying Artificial Intelligence and Big Data technologies to support the Member States in reaching full situational awareness in the drugs and border management areas.
In addition, the panel of experts will debate the role of innovative monitoring and surveillance tools in enhancing the decision-making and reaction capabilities of the security authorities, as well as challenges, opportunities, and risks for the implementation and uptake of new tools.

Panel opening: Paul Griffiths, EMCDDA Scientific Director


  • Teodora Groshkova, EMCDDA
  • Mirela Rogova, NESTOR
  • Antonio Bosisio, Promenade

Moderator: Prof. Théodore Christakis, Université Grenoble Alpes 

12:45 - 14:15

Lunch Break

Panel #3: Digital Investigation Tools: From Research to Use

Criminals already embraced the new technologies and all the advantages offered by the online environment, therefore, the availability of cutting edge investigation tools is key for law enforcement and internal security actors. In almost each type of crime, we have nowadays a technological component and we need to be able to adapt to this new environment. While there is a dynamic environment of research and innovation with many projects aiming at developing such tools, it is often challenging to introduce the results into everyday law enforcement practice. Panellists will present their views and good practices on how to fill this gap between the researcher and the end-user via technology sharing, training, product customization and alike.

Panel opening: Mailis Pukonen, CEPOL Head of Operations Department


  • Juan Arraiza, EACTDA
  • Anna Illamaa, ECTEG
  • Dr. Dafni Stampouli, Europol Innovation Lab
  • Laurent Beslay, JRC
Moderator: Michele Socco, DG HOME

15:15 - 15:45

Coffee Break

Panel #4: Justice and Accountability: Visions for the Future of Innovation for Security – towards Responsible Use of Technologies

The panel discussion will address accountability in internal security from a practical perspective. The main focus will be on justice and law enforcement and the opportunities and risks of digitalisation and Artificial Intelligence in these fields. Special attention will be given to responsible and accountable ways of technology implementation and the effective protection of fundamental rights. The panelists will also discuss how digitalisation and AI may change the justice, law enforcement, and border management in the medium and long term.

Panel opening: Luca Tagliaretti, eu-LISA Deputy Executive Director


  • Ruth Linden, AP4AI & Europol Innovation Lab
  • Nizar Touleimat, STARLIGHT
  • Jana Gajdosova, FRA
  • Francesco Contini, IRSIG-CNR
Moderator: Prof. Matthias Leese, ETH Zurich

Closing remarks

Mailis Pukonen, CEPOL Head of Operations Department

Javier Quesada, FRONTEX Director Capacity Building a.i.

Luca Tagliaretti, eu-LISA Deputy Executive Director

Paul Griffiths, EMCDDA Scientific Director

Grégory Mounier, Europol Innovation Lab, Head of EU Innovation Hub Team

Moderator: Nicolas Bessot, DG HOME, co-chair Steering Group

17:30 - 19:00

Standing Dinner


Nicolas Bessot
Head of unit at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs (DG HOME)
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Luis de Eusebio Ramos
Deputy Executive Director of Europol, Capabilities Directorate
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Thierry Hartmann
French Ministry of Interior, co-chair EU Innovation Hub Steering Group
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Michael O’Flaherty
Director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights
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Ernesto La Mattina
Head of Homeland Security Research Unit Industry and Security Technologies
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Emilie Né
Project Manager at UNCOVER
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Donatella Casaburo
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Teresa Quintel
Maastricht University
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Paul Griffiths
Science Director of the EMCDDA
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Teodora Groshkova
Scientific Analyst at the EMCDDA
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Antonio Bosisio
Transcrime Researcher
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Mirela Rosgova
Project Manager - Research Associate at Center for Security Studies (KEMEA)
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Prof Dr. Theodore Christakis
Professor of International and European Law at University Grenoble Alpes
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Mailis Pukonen
Head of Operations Department (CEPOL)
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Juan Arraiza
Director General of EACTDA
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Anna Illamaa
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Dr. Dafni Stampouli
Europol Innovation Lab
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Laurent Beslay
European Commission Joint Research Centre
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Michele Socco
European Commission Policy Officer
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Deputy Executive Director
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Nizar Touleimat
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Jana Gajdosova
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Francesco Contini
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Prof. Matthias Leese
Assistant Professor for Technology and Governance at the Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences, ETH Zurich
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Javier Quesada
FRONTEX Director Capacity Building a.i.
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Grégory Mounier
Europol Innovation Lab, Head of EU Innovation Hub Team
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Ruth Linden
AP4AI & Europol Innovation Lab
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