EU-STNA 2018-2021

The EU-STNA was developed to identify gaps in knowledge, skills and competencies and training needs. The assessment identifies training priorities and aims at coordinating available training to prevent overlaps and duplication. It identifies emerging law enforcement trends, such as increasing synergies and overlaps between different crime areas, as well as larger demands for cooperation between disciplines.

CEPOL launched the first, pilot EU-STNA in 2017 by the presentation of the CEPOL Acting Executive Director to the Standing Committee on Operational Cooperation on Internal Security (COSI) on 25 September 2017. The methodology behind the EU-STNA process had been developed with the support of the European Commission and in close cooperation with the Member States and the key stakeholders like Europol and Frontex.

The first EU-STNA Report was published in 2018 and presented to the European Commission, the Council of the EUl and the European Parliament. The EU-STNA enlists training needs and recommended EU-training directions, categorised in horizontal aspects, and 21 themes. In addition, there is an extra category for specific and cross-cutting trainings needs. The 184 training needs were prioritised by the Member States and shared with the JHA agencies, EJTN, ESDC, EUCPN and EUIPO for their opinion on prioritisation and potential training coordination. The EU-STNA shall result in a split of tasks among EU level training providers and shall inform and facilitate planning.

EU-STNA 2018-2021 findings in a nutshell

Core capability gaps in law enforcement training:

  • Cyber-investigations
  • Open source intelligence
  • Financial investigations
  • Fundamental and human rights
  • Crime prevention and forensics
  • Links between crime areas
  • Document fraud

Thematic training categories prioritised by EU Member States:

How is the EU-STNA implemented?

The EU-STNA is primarily used a strategic guideline and lookup tool. Further, the EU-STNA is used at EU level to analyse thematic areas and training priorities mapped therein, to align the planning of internal trainings delivered to Member States, and to translate the results of the EU-STNA into work programmes of a JHA agency. CEPOL relies on EU-STNA training priorities when conducting operational level training needs analyses that feed into its training portfolio. Europol and Frontex implements the EU-STNA into its yearly training needs assessment. Additionally, the EU-STNA was found to be used as a source of information and as a tool to avoid overlaps of training offers.

EU-STNA Evaluation

In 2020 CEPOL, in cooperation with an external provider, completed a process and impact evaluation of the first, pilot EU-STNA. Main conclusions of the evaluators outline that despite challenges in the process, the EU-STNA was managed well.

Evaluators recommended to establish more political backing and adequate dedicated resources.for the implementation of the EU-STNA. For example, a binding Council conclusions would bring further awareness to the purpose and process of the EU-STNA, and would support more diligent stakeholder input during the consultation phases.


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European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training
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