Heads of SIRENE Meeting in Bucharest

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25 June 2019

The SIRENE office heads from the Member States gathered in Bucharest to exchange views and good practices in the field of SIS cooperation - SIRENE.

The event was organised by the Romanian Police and took place between 19-21 June 2019 in the context of the holding Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The meeting was attended by approximately 55 representatives from the European Union and Associated Member States, the European Commission and the General Secretariat of the Council, as well as specialists from different European Agencies. CEPOL was represented by Mailis Pukonen, Head of Operations.

The agenda of the meeting covered issues related to the European Arrest Warrant, practical aspects of using SIS. (Schengen Information System), the training of SIS/SIRENE operators, as well as modern solutions for the efficiency of the activity.

Photo credit: Romanian Police

The Schengen Information System (SIS) is the most widely used and largest information sharing system for security and border management in Europe. SIS enables competent national authorities, such as the police and border guards, to enter and consult alerts on persons or objects. An SIS alert does not only contain information about a particular person or object but also instructions for the authorities on what to do when the person or object has been found. Specialised national SIRENE Bureaux located in each Member State serve as single points of contact for the exchange of supplementary information and coordination of activities related to SIS alerts.

SIRENE stands for Supplementary Information Request at the National Entries. Efficient SIRENE cooperation is a key element for the effective functioning of the concept of SIS. The cooperation between Member States may be one-to-one or one-to-many and always needs to be linked to a specific SIS alert. In order to ensure prompt, confidential and efficient follow-up of cases, communication is accomplished through the structured exchange of standardised forms via a secure network.



Office address

European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training
1066 Budapest
Ó utca 27

Correspondence address

European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training
1903 Budapest

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Telephone: +36 1 803 8030/8031

Fax: +36 1 803 8032