NCP meeting hosted in Tallinn meeting hosted in Tallinn23/10/2018 11:00:00 <p><img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/Pages/NCP-group-2018.png" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="" style="margin:5px;" />The annual Member State NCP Network meeting for training related activities took place on 16 October in Tallinn, Estonia. <span><span>Sixteen participants from 13 Member States took part in this highly appreciated event.<br></span></span></p><p><span><span></span></span>The topics covered at the meeting included an introduction to the new and upcoming eu-LISA and large-scale IT systems Regulations, a preview of the 2018 eu-LISA framework and activities, results of the Training Needs Analysis, the Training portfolio for 2019 including the proposal for a new training plan.</p><p>During the meeting, Member states received the results of the Training Needs Analysis Survey and accepted the first draft of the Training Plan for 2019.</p>
Eurodac Training held in Strasbourg Training held in Strasbourg23/10/2018 09:00:00<p>​On the 5th of October eu-LISA successfully delivered the second training session of the first “eu-LISA Eurodac Development Training Programme for IT Operators (DTPITO)” cycle.</p> <p>This instalment of the 3 course cycle was held at the Agency’s Operation site in Strasbourg, France, as was the Entry Level (L1) part held earlier this year. </p><p>The aim of the training course was to provide a reminder and an update on operational activities, the communication means and the IT Service Management tools with hands-on training.</p><p>The course was targeted at the IT Operators that act as Single Point of Contact (SPoC) for their respective countries with 2-4 years of experience. </p><p><img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/Pages/Eurodac%20L2%20OT.png" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:786px;" /><br></p><p>During the training session the following topics were covered: incident process, request fulfilment process for standard requests, operator manual – highlights and updates, SM9 hands-on incident and standard request management as well as Eurodac statistics and trends. The trainees also had a visit to the eu-LISA Service Desk.</p><p>Nine participants from nine EU Member States were trained in the Intermediate (L2) course. The training session was supported with possibilities for e-learning through the eu-LISA LMS – an online platform for learning management. At the end of the course, the attendees also had the opportunity to take an assessment test to measure the knowledge acquired during the training. The average test score in 2018 for this particular training is 90%. All participants passed with positive results and were awarded a Eurodac Professional eu-LISA certificate. Summed with the certificates from the Entry Level (L1) course, eu-LISA has now granted 19 Eurodac certifications this year.</p><p>The overall course satisfaction rate was 90%. Participants described the trainers as highly engaging and knowledgeable. </p><p>The Eurodac Operational Training Programme for IT Operators will be followed by a training for advanced users (L3) on 29-30 October in Strasbourg, France and by a Train the Trainer course for IT Operators jointly organised with CEPOL on 8-9 November  in Tallinn, Estonia.</p><p><br></p>
ETIAS Regulation enters into force Regulation enters into force09/10/2018 08:00:00<p>European Parliament and Council Regulations 2018/1240 and 2018/1241 establishing the European Travel Information Authorisation System (ETIAS) enter into force today, 9 October 2018.</p><p>ETIAS is a system for granting authorisation to travel to the external borders of the Member States. The final decision on crossing the external border lies with the destination Member State. ETIAS will carry out pre-travel screening to assess the security and migration risks of travellers who benefit from visa-free access to the Schengen area, and thus allow Member States to deny authorisation to travellers considered to pose a security threat, or a risk in terms of irregular migration or public health. In order to cross an external Schengen border, visa-free travellers will need to have both a valid travel document and an ETIAS authorisation.</p><p>eu-LISA is responsible for the development and the technical management of the <strong>ETIAS Information System</strong>, whilst Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, will manage the <strong>ETIAS Central Unit</strong>.</p><p>The ETIAS Information System foresees, among others: </p><ul><li><p>a centralised system to process the applications </p></li><li><p>a national uniform interface in each Member State that connects the central system and the national infrastructures </p></li><li><p>a secure communication infrastructure between the central system and the national uniform interfaces </p></li><li><p>a public website and a mobile app for mobile devices </p></li><li><p>an email service as well as a number of tools for applicants, such as an account service, a verification tool, and a tool to provide or withdraw consent for data retention beyond the general retention period. </p></li></ul><p>ETIAS is due to become operational by the end of 2021. Full implementation is expected in the course of 2022.</p><h2>Further readings:</h2><ul><li><p>The Regulations <a href="" target="_blank">2018/1240 - 2018/1241</a></p></li><li><p>Frontex <a href="" target="_blank">press release</a></p></li><li><p>European Commission <a href="" target="_blank">press release</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">memo</a></p></li><li><p>European Parliament <a href="" target="_blank">press release</a> , <a href="" target="_blank">briefing</a></p></li></ul>
Three-way collaboration "SIS II for SIRENE" course collaboration "SIS II for SIRENE" course01/10/2018 10:00:00<p>On 19-20 September eu-LISA, in collaboration with CEPOL and the European Commission, delivered a training course called "SIS II for SIRENE". The target audience for this training session was SIRENE officers and operators with the potential for multiplying the knowledge gained.</p><p>The overall aim of this SIS II for SIRENE course was to provide an overview of eu-LISA and SIRENE relations, the legal background, SIS II technical topics related to SIRENE, the escalation procedure for SIRENE and, last but not least, the role of SIRENE in the eu-LISA change management procedure. The 2018 focal point was "SISII-AFIS and Identity confirmation" with an innovative discussion forum session organised for the Member States. </p><p>The two-day programme covered and included:</p><ul><li>eu-LISA as a whole, eu-LISA and SIRENE, SIS II </li><li>The legal background (presented by the European Commission)</li><li>SISII-AFIS related to SIRENE </li><li>Lessons learned in Data Quality </li><li>Implications stemming from the SISII-AFIS solution</li><li>Train the trainer</li></ul><p>The course took place in Strasbourg, France and was attended by 28 participants representing 23 EU Member States.<br>The course satisfaction rate was very high, reaching 92%, whilst the average score given for the course was 4.6 out of 5.</p> <p>The discussion forum for the Member States proved to be much appreciated and well received. One satisfied participant noted: "Thank you eu-LISA for letting the Member States present national solutions. If only there was more time!"</p><p><img src="/Newsroom/News/PublishingImages/Pages/SIS-SIRENE-September%202018.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p>