Francois Laruelle | Director of ETIAS Central Unit
FRONTEX, European Border and Coast Guard Agency

Francois Laruelle, Director of ETIAS Central Unit, FRONTEX, European Border and Coast Guard Agency

François has an extensive experience in the development and the management of national and international IT systems in the areas of law enforcement and border management.    François has been working for more than 38 years in the field of Law Enforcement and Border Management. He started his career in the Belgian Gendarmerie where he was a Platoon Commander, then became a Deputy District Commander in a district located at the French border. He was building there his operational experience for a period of 6 and a half years, before moving to the area of Information and Communication Technology at the Belgian Gendarmerie. As a Project Manager, François directly contributed to the implementation of the first generation of the Schengen Information System (SIS) in Belgium and was the Chairman of international technical workgroups for the implementation of the system in 1995 and 1998.    He moved then to the Belgian Common Police Support Services as an Assistant on IT matters to the Director of the International Cooperation Division, working at the same time as an Assistant Director of the SIRENE Office.  He was then appointed as a Deputy Director of the Information and Technology Division of the Common Police Support Services, where he became responsible for the management of the International Systems for the police forces in Belgium.  During that time, he represented Belgium in the Standing Committee for Information Technology at Interpol.    In April 1999, François joined Europol where he took the position of Team Leader for user support and training, before becoming the Head of the IT Infrastructure and Operations Unit in 2001. He actively participated in the development and the implementation of the Europol Information System. In 2008, after coming back to the Belgian Federal Police, he was appointed the Director ad interim of the Telematics Division (Information Communication Technology and Radio Systems). Within this period, he also chaired the Working Group for IT matters of the Europol Management Board.   In September 2012, François became the Head of the ICT Unit at Frontex and he held that position until August 2019, while at the same time working already on ETIAS. Since 1 November 2018, he has been the Director of ETIAS Central Unit Division (former Head of ETIAS and Interoperability Taskforce), responsible for the programme management of the projects and activities related to the setting up of the ETIAS Central Unit and the implementation of Interoperability. 


Identity Week Europe 2024 Day 1 @ 09:25

Keynote: The future of border security in Europe

last published: 12/Jun/24 07:15 GMT

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