The first eu-LISA training course of 2020 entitled "Eurodac: Multi-Spectrum Imaging (MSI) Scanner usage training" was held in Stockholm, Sweden on 4-5 February. The idea behind this hands-on course, delivered jointly with the Swedish Migration Agency, came from very promising findings in a Norway, Sweden and eu-LISA MSI/Optical scan test study, which were presented during the 29th Eurodac Advisory Group meeting back in May 2019.
The general aim of the course was to give an overview of the usage of MSI scanners, including introductory lectures followed by hands-on segments, during which participants were provided with the possibility to use MSI training devices. In addition to the lecturers from the Swedish Migration Agency and eu-LISA's Training Team, Grzegorz Borowski, Eurodac expert from eu-LISA's Operations Department in Strasbourg, participated as an observer.
The target group for the training were the national knowledge multipliers with expertise in enrolment of fingerprints that can cascade information to national Eurodac end-users on the specifics of fingerprint enrolment performed using MSI scanners, as well as national Eurodac product managers.
Sixteen participants representing 13 different Member States were present (BE, BG, EE, ES, FI, HR, IT, LT, LV, NL, PL, RO and SI) at the course. All were very satisfied with the quality and content of the course and praised the high level of expertise and presentation skills of the lecturers as well as the unique opportunity to have a hands-on experience with the MSI Scanner. The overall average satisfaction score was 94.6%.
Eurodac related training sessions will continue to be implemented applying the newly developed target based approach which is proving to be very successful since being applied to Schengen Information System (SIS) related training in 2019.