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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.

The Signing Ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation among training institutions in a number of EU Member States and Eastern Partnership countries brings together representatives of ten project partners; representatives of the national authorities on border management from the EaP countries, namely Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, and EU Member States; and representatives from the border agencies of the implementing partners, namely Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. The Memorandum aims to provide a legal and institutional framework for strengthening and facilitating cooperation in the field of education and basic/advanced training of border guards in all EaP countries and EU Member States.

The Final Conference will mark the final phase of the 2-year project and will gather high-level representatives, senior officials and project focal points from the EaP countries as well as project partners from the EU Member States, namely Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania and Slovakia, ICMPD and other international stakeholders. At the Final Conference, speakers will present the project’s achievements, results and lessons learnt, as well as discuss the way forward after the project ends. The sustainability of the project’s achievements will be ensured by the Memorandum of Understanding signed on 24 March 2015, the guidelines on Integrated Border Management, the distance learning tool (e-tool) and training plans on inter-agency cooperation and risk analysis, which will be accessible for the beneficiary organisations.

Representatives of mass media are invited for both events and the participants will be glad to share with them the latest news on cooperation in border management and in the education and training of border guards (interviews can be provided in English and Georgian). Both events will be chaired by General Istvan Samu, Special Counsellor to the Minister of Interior of Hungary, who represents the leading project partner.

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