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Press and media requests shall be addressed to: press@eulisa.europa.eu. If you are a journalist working to a tight deadline, please contact:
Mare Haab - Communication and Information Officer
Telephone: +372 58878668

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eu-LISA’s Learning Management System for Member States is launched!

eu-LISA’s Learning Management System for Member States is launched!

A year ago eu-LISA decided to move from a SharePoint based e-learning platform for delivery of training content to the Member States, to a Moodle based Learning Management System.

On the 6th of September, the first LMS platform-led training course (SIS II Operational Training - Entry Level) took place. SIS II newcomers from Ireland and 13 other SIS II using Member States were intensely engaged and enjoyed their blended learning experience.

The new eu-LISA Learning Management System for Member States (eu-LISA LMS) provides Member State participants with unlimited access to learning content (video sessions, classroom handouts, tests, additional materials and resources). In addition, users have access to the eu-LISA course catalogue and a calendar showing the foreseen training sessions for Member States. e-courses will stay open long beyond the end of the training session allowing each participant to return to all of the course material whenever needed.

For trainers, the eu-LISA LMS is an opportunity to create and deliver diverse learning content, to monitor student participation, and assess their performance. There are different tools for the trainers that can be used to prepare learning strategies aimed at helping Member State participants to achieve the desired outcomes. Tools such as book, file, folder, URL, SCORM, etc. help develop and provide different interactive study material. Activity tools like assignment, database, forum, glossary, lesson, quiz, survey and wiki tools are tailored to understand a student's progress in training and the impact of the course at an individual level.

Work on further developments and enriching the e-courses available on the new eu-LISA LMS will continue. We have only just left the starting line!

First SIS II course from newly adopted training framework delivered

First SIS II course from newly adopted training framework delivered

On 7-8 September eu-LISA held a SIS II: Operational Training – Entry Level course in our new building at our Strasbourg site. The training session aimed at introducing the SIS II system to the participants and provided detailed insight into its operations. Topics touched upon included the setup of the eu-LISA Service Desk, SIS II IT Service Management, Incident Management and the Escalation Procedure.

The training course also included interactive hands-on exercises with SM9, the eu-LISA developed software interface. The training was targeted at IT Operators that act as Single Points of Contact (SPoC) in their Member States as well as Associated Country representatives. A total of 17 participants convened for this training session representing 15 different EU countries.

An initial look into the course evaluation forms shows an overall positive feeling. One of the participants said 'I found the training very useful to improve my skills on SIS II. The course was well structured and informative, and I enjoyed the approach given by competent and experienced trainers.'

This course was the first delivered within the newly adopted Development Training Programme for IT Operators (DTPITO) training framework. DTPITO was created to better respond to Member States' training needs and simultaneously offer national IT Operators a comprehensive and systematic approach to eu-LISA training activities. The programme enables participants to enhance their knowledge from beginner to expert level on a 3-step path; from Entry, to Intermediate, to Advanced Level. DTPITO consists of both classic classroom sessions with eu-LISA system experts and interactive e-learning elements. Upon successful completion of each level, participants are awarded eu-LISA certificates as SIS II Specialist, SIS II Professional and finally, SIS II Expert.

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eu-LISA and Eurojust are taking cooperation further

eu-LISA and Eurojust are taking cooperation further

Today, the European Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice (eu-LISA) and the European Union's Judicial Cooperation Unit (Eurojust) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen their cooperation.

The objective of the MoU, signed by the Executive Director of eu-LISA, Krum Garkov, and the President of Eurojust, Michèle Coninsx, is to promote effective cooperation and the exchange of information, expertise and best practice in the area of ICT activities and services. The MoU will strengthen the existing cooperation in strategic matters, providing added value for both organisations and their stakeholders.

Part of the MoU concerns the second generation Schengen Information System (SIS II), referring to the foreseen access rights of Eurojust and the exchange of information relevant to the effective implementation thereof.

According to the MoU, eu-LISA and Eurojust may also assist each other with know-how, best practice and lessons learned in the management of human resources, premises, internal and external audits, finance and procurement.

The Executive Director of eu-LISA, Krum Garkov, emphasised: 'Signing today the Memorandum of Understanding is an important step in reinforcing the established partnership between our two Agencies. I am certain that close cooperation between eu-LISA and Eurojust is essential for the development of modern and efficient justice systems in Europe. The experience and knowledge we have in Information and Communication Technologies should be shared on a regular basis thus providing added value to both parties and its stakeholders.'

The President of Eurojust, Michèle Coninsx, said: 'I am very pleased to host this signing ceremony today at Eurojust to formalise our cooperation with such a trusted partner. eu-LISA is responsible for managing huge international databases, such as SIS II, EES, ETIAS, ECRIS-TCN and VIS, allowing us to access vital data to aid with our mission of fighting serious organised cross-border crime.'

 

Background:

The European Agency eu-LISA manages large-scale information systems in the area of freedom, security and justice. It operates Eurodac, the second generation Schengen Information System (SIS II) and the Visa Information System (VIS). eu-LISA is responsible for keeping the IT systems under its control fully functional in order to allow continuous and uninterrupted exchange of data between national authorities. eu-LISA ensures that it applies the highest level of information security and data protection to the information it is entrusted with.

In order to allow eu-LISA to accommodate the growing need for integration and synergies between existing and future large-scale IT systems, the Commission presented in June 2017 a legislative proposal to broaden the Agency's mandate. The proposal foresees eu‑LISA taking responsibility for development, implementation and operational management of three new large-scale IT systems: the Entry Exit System (EES), the European Travel Information Authorisation System (ETIAS) and the European Criminal Records Information System – Third Country Nationals (ECRIS-TCN).

The seat of the Agency is in Tallinn (Estonia), whilst the operational management is carried out in Strasbourg (France). eu-LISA also has a business continuity site in Sankt Johann im Pongau (Austria) and a liaison office in Brussels.

The European Union's Judicial Cooperation Unit (Eurojust) was established to stimulate and improve the coordination of investigations and prosecutions and the cooperation between the competent authorities in the Member States. In particular, Eurojust facilitates the execution of requests for international mutual legal assistance and extradition. Eurojust supports in any way possible the competent authorities of the Member States to render their investigations and prosecutions more effective when dealing with serious cross-border crime.

Eurojust's competence covers various types of crimes and offences, including terrorism, drug trafficking, trafficking in human beings, counterfeiting, money laundering, computer crime, crime against property or public goods, including fraud and corruption, criminal offences affecting the European Community's financial interests, environmental crime and participation in a criminal organisation.

The seat of Eurojust is in The Hague (Netherlands).

 

Links:

eu-LISA: http://www.eulisa.europa.eu

Eurojust: https://www.eurojust.europa.eu


Contact:

eu-LISA

for media requests:

press@eulisa.europa.eu

for general information:

info@eulisa.europa.eu

 

Eurojust

media@eurojust.europa.eu

info@eurojust.europa.eu

eu-LISA and the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU

eu-LISA and the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU

As of 1 July Estonia will hold its first ever six month Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The four priorities of the presidency focus on issues related to innovation, safety and security, digitalisation and free movement of data.  These priorities are all, directly or indirectly, linked to the responsibilities of eu-LISA, the European Agency in charge of the operational management of large-scale IT systems for security and justice.

On 17-18 October eu-LISA will host a high-level conference 'Going Digital for a Safe and Secure Europe' in Tallinn, supported by the Estonian Presidency, to focus on IT solutions that help ensure Europe's internal security. Further details are also available in the events section of the presidency website.

With the headquarters of the Agency located in Tallinn, Estonia, eu-LISA is honoured to also host several groups of stakeholders that will convene for presidency events and are interested to learn directly about eu-LISA's present and near future core tasks.


Background:

 

Contacts:

e-mail: press@eulisa.europa.eu

mob: +372 588 78 668

for general information: info@eulisa.europa.eu

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