Schengen Evaluation Course in Slovenia

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02 April 2012

The Slovenian Police hosted a CEPOL Course entitled 'Schengen Evaluation – Police Cooperation and SIS/SIRENE' in Brdo on 11 -16 March 2012. Organised with support from Austria, the Czech Republic and Hungary and enriched with contributions from the European Commission and the General Secretariat of the Council of EU, the course attracted 22 participants from 21 different Member States and Switzerland.

The objectives of the course, addressed by 11 trainers and experts from four Member States, the Commission and the Council, were the following:

  • Analyse the process of Schengen evaluation focusing on participation in Evaluation Committee;
  • Identify problems and constraints that can been encountered;
  • Provide knowledge and skills for practical evaluation at individual as well as at multi-national team level;
  • Train leading experts for their role and to enhance practical leadership skills and knowledge to plan and organise work of the evaluation committee;
  • Provide knowledge and skills for final evaluation report drafting.

During the course’s initial session Dr Jurij Ferme, Director of Criminal Police Directorate of General Police Directorate of Slovenian Police, introduced Course Manager Dušan Kerin and Course Administrator Egidij Glavi? and welcomed the participants whilst stressing the importance of this course. For the duration of the activity seven participants took the role of future Leading Experts and 15 the role of Team Members.

In order to facilitate the roll-out of the many topics that needed covering over the course’s six days, the agenda was tailored to handle theoretical aspects for the first three days and practical issues on the subsequent three.

The following theoretical aspects were addressed and covered:

  • Tasks and duties of the Leading Experts before, during and after evaluation;
  • Tasks and duties of Council Secretariat, the Commission and the evaluators;
  • Leadership and management – Relationship among participants;
  • Cross-cultural awareness and cross cultural competences;
  • Conflict management;
  • Schengen evaluation process (Mandate and actors);
  • Schengen evaluation process (Methods; Roles of participants);
  • Practical guide for Schengen evaluation (practical workshop) – evaluation of results;
  • The Evaluation Committee: division of tasks and responsibilities; creation of sub groups, other measures;
  • Report: structure and drafting process.

The best way to cover the practical part of the course was to use a real situation – having a prepared evaluation platform for Police Cooperation and a simulation platform for SIS-SIRENE. In this manner the practical part of the course was able to tackle the following topics:

  • Presentation of replies from Slovenian evaluation questionnaire;
  • General structure of N.SIS;
  • Organisation and function of the SIRENE Bureau;
  • Preparation on practical evaluation;
  • Practical presentation of Slovenian Police cooperation and SIS-Sirene – practical evaluation of presentations
  • The organisation of the Slovenian Police
  • Presentation of Central body for Police Cooperation
  • Presentation of SIRENE
  • Presentation of Europol
  • Presentation of Interpol
  • Presentation of IT support
  • Presentation of cross-border surveillance and hot pursuit
  • Presentation of Common centre for police and customs co-operation
  • Presentation of Police Academy – National Police Training System
  • Visit of central authority for Police Cooperation in Slovenian Police
  • Practical evaluation of central authority;
  • Practical evaluation of SIRENE;
  • Study visit and practical evaluation of:
    • Common Centre for Police and Customs Cooperation Dolga vas
    • Police Directorate Maribor
    • Practical evaluation of SIS-users in local police station in Maribor
    • Practical evaluation of SIS-users in Specialised Mobile Unit for Border Control
    • Study visit and practical evaluation of Airport Jože Pu?nik Ljubljana
  • Wrap-up meeting with representatives of evaluation county;
  • Final Report drafting – communication among Evaluators, Leading Experts, Council Secretariat and evaluated country;
  • Report finalising;
  • Simulation of presentation of Evaluation Report within SCH-EVAL Working Group

On the course’s final day all of the participants took part in an evaluation of the full programme they had been through during their week in Slovenia. Last but not least, Zdenko Renko, Deputy Director of Slovenian Police Academy presented certificates to the participants and with his speech closed the activity.

Any officer interested in taking part in such a course in the future should contact their National Contact Point and signal their interest in CEPOL course 22/2012, organised by the Czech Republic on 2 – 6 September 2012 in Prague.

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