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SIPPAP consortium partners discuss final outcomes of the project

The fourth and last SIPPAP Project Coordination Meeting (PCM) took place in Warsaw on the 30th of June 2015. Representatives from the consortium partners gathered at the headquarters of the Polish Border Guard to discuss the results of the project. Particular attention was paid to the latest activity to be implemented, namely the IBM Programme, but other topics were also covered, including lessons that had been learnt during the implementation period. Opportunities for follow-up activities and future cooperation between partners and beneficiaries after the end of the EaP-SIPPAP project were also included in the discussion.
During the presentations, the leading partner made clear the appreciation in regard to the smooth implementation of the project, as well as the effective cooperation witnessed between the participating partners. The ICMPD team gave particular thanks to all the EU experts who took part in the project for their support and contribution, which both played an important part in the achievement of the expected results. Positive remarks were also given to the methodology used in the framework of the EaP-SIPPAP project which linked operational and educational modules, and it was agreed that it should be used in future initiatives. Project partners also highlighted that synergies with Frontex needed to be ensured, since the agency is largely responsible when it comes to capacity building activities in the EaP region.
All participants praised the successful cooperation among consortium members, the accomplishment of the project’s objectives, and showed commitment as to the implementation of a possible future project. The event was closed by the hand-over of certificates of appreciation by the leading partner to all partners and beneficiaries and the handing of hardcopies of the educational tools developed and produced in the framework of the project.

Intensive advanced learning experiential programme pilots the memorandum of understanding on cooperation among the training institutions

On 18-27 May an Intensive Advanced Learning Experiential Programme (the IBM Programme) was implemented in the framework of the project. This activity was the first of its kind, offering a pioneer approach for the Eastern Partnership representatives to gain and utilise experience from their EU MSs colleagues.
The IBM Programme was developed to become a piloting activity of the Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation among the training institutions of the EaP and selected EU MSs, which was signed on 24 March. At the same time, it aimed to maximise overall results of the project at the operational and educational levels. The novelty of the IBM Programme, compared to other project activities, lies in the methodological approach: mobility between EaP and EU MSs, gaining practical experience in the EU MSs, self-formulation by the EaP representatives recommendations for the utilisation of the lessons learnt at the national level were the cornerstone of the activity.
First, ten representatives from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine gathered for a briefing session in Chisinau, from where they departed to the individual thematic programmes in Latvia, Slovakia, Romania, Poland and Hungary. In these EU MSs- partners to the project the EaP participants (maximum two per country) were welcomed by their host mentor experts, who guided them through the educational or operation thematic programme. The topics of border delegates, air and green border were in focus of the operational experts, while the representatives of the training institutions concentrated on the curricula on IBM, and specifically on crisis management and risk analysis, as well as methodologies of teaching. These areas of the thematic programmes and distribution of the participants corresponded to the priority areas of the EaP countries, as defined in the course of the project.
Following completion of the respective thematic areas, all EaP participants and their mentors from the EU MSs gathered together in Chisinau to share the lessons learnt with other participants and identify avenues to utilise this experience at the national basis in the EaP countries. Two working groups – operational and educational ones - were formed, and targeted their discussions on mapping key recommendations on the use of the experience gained in the EU MSs. On the last day all participants jointly discussed the synergies of the operational and educational levels and interests in multilateral cooperation on specific topics.
The activity has not only contributed to strengthening cooperation at the EaP-EU and EaP-EaP levels, it has also offered a new approach to the exchange and utilisation of good practices. Both, EaP and EU participants highly appreciated an intensive, targeted and novel nature of the programme. The results of discussions, which took place during the IBM Programme, will be summarised in the joint report, including portfolio of the national recommendations on utilisation of the lessons learnt and mapping avenues for further cooperation in the region. These results will be also shared during the IBM Panel and Senior Officials meeting of the Prague Process.

EAP-SIPPAP presented at the ‘European village’ in chisinau

Every year on 9 May, ‘Europe Day’ is celebrated across the region. It is a unique occasion to celebrate common values as well as the richness of Europe's cultural diversity.

In Moldova, a ‘European Village’ was created for this occasion in central Chisinau and ICMPD hosted one of the 36 stands. ICMPD’s Local Representative to Moldova, Diana Hincu, presented the EaP-SIPPAP project to the wider public.

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Final Conference celebrates the achievements of 2-year project

On 25 March 2015, representatives of all six Eastern Partnership countries, project implementing partners, the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, IOM, Frontex, GUAM and the Prague Process gathered in Tbilisi for the Final Conference. As underlined by General Istvan Samu, Project Coordinator and Chair of the event, the Conference did not aim to close the project, but rather provide an opportunity to jointly celebrate the achievements of the project and introduce activities to take place during the no-cost project extension period. The Chair also underlined that is it important to discuss the project in the wider context of cooperation and to evaluate project results and planned future activities from this angle.

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EaP countries and EU Member States signed historic agreement on cooperation among training institutions in border management

The memorandum of understanding constitutes the first legally binding multilateral agreement among the countries in the Eastern Partnership region and EU Member States on cooperation in border management training.

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Events highlight the two years of EaP-EU cooperation in the fight against irregular migration

Two key events of the EU-funded project ‘EaP-SIPPAP’ will take place in Tbilisi this week: the Signing Ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation among training institutions on 24 March at 15.00 in the Police Academy and the Final Conference on 25 March at 10.00 in hotel Marriott Tbilisi (Rustaveli Avenue 13). Both events are being held by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) on behalf of the Ministry of Interior of Hungary.

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Romania and Ukraine Discuss the First Steps towards Joint Border Patrolling

The topic of joint patrolling between Romanian and Ukrainian border forces has long been on the agenda of both countries. In the context of the communicated need and the interest shown from both sides, experts from the two countries met in Chisinau from the 9th to the 12th of March. The delegates discussed the draft text of the Protocol on joint border patrolling, establishing both the detailed provisions for the organisation and implementation of joint patrols by the representatives of both parties, and the future Standard Operating Procedures.

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Steering Group Meeting of project partners

The Second Project Steering Group Meeting gathered both partners from EU MSs and EaP countries in Chisinau on 26 November 2014. During the meeting, the results of the project activities that have been carried out so far and the current status of the project were discussed. The important part of the meeting was dedicated to the future of the project and how to optimise the outputs of upcoming activities while also adhering to the objectives of the project.

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Study visit to Poland

On 28–31 October 2014, the Polish Border Guard hosted a study visit in the framework of the project. During an intensive four-day visit, participants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine were introduced to Polish good practices in relation to international cooperation, information exchange and training.

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Finalised Armenian-Georgian Agreement on activities of border delegates

On 22–23 October 2014 in Yerevan, Armenia, the Joint Bilateral Workshop on Border Delegates gathered 20 officials representing the National Security Council of Armenia, the National Security Service of Armenia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia and the Border and Patrol Police of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia. The workshop was organised in the framework of two EU-funded projects, namely ‘Provision of Equipment and Infrastructure for the Bagratashen–Sadakhlo Border Crossing Point between Armenia and Georgia and Enhancement of their Capacities’ (BSIBM) and ‘Eastern Partnership cooperation in the fight against irregular migration – Supporting the implementation of the Prague Process Action Plan’ (EaP- SIPPAP), in cooperation with the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) and United Nations Development Programme in Armenia (UNDP).

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