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Educational Module On Inter-agency Cooperation Is Successfully Piloted

On 30 September–2 October 2014, a piloting session of the inter-agency cooperation educational module was held in Moldova. The aim of this activity was to present the developed module to the representatives of the EaP countries, as well as to discuss the module and interest of other countries in implementing it. The overall objective of the module, developed in the framework of the project, is to explain the importance, advantages and modalities of inter-agency cooperation, in particular in the management of mixed migration flows.

The piloting session was hosted by the College of the Border Police of the Republic of Moldova in Ungheni. On 30 September–1 October, Moldovan training experts, with the support of EU experts from Poland and Romania, successfully led several interactive sessions covering the topics of inter-agency cooperation in the context of ‘integrated border management’, mixed migration flows and border control, as well as good practices and lessons learnt from the management of mixed migration flows. The session was enriched by the active participation of the trainees, who contributed to the discussions. On the second day, the trainees were asked to complete a complex task – to develop an action plan to address the migration flow of 10,000 persons at the Moldovan border. In the course of the group work, the trainees demonstrated not only their interest and enthusiasm in solving the case, but also an advanced knowledge of the subject and ability to think analytically.

During the piloting session, the annual Oath of Allegiance Ceremony for the new cadets took place, in which the participants of the piloting session had the opportunity to participate. On this occasion, all the experts were warmly welcomed by the Head of the Border Police Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Moldova, Mr Dorin Purice.

On the last day of the activity, the experts from the EU MS and EaP countries met in Chisinau. During this session, Moldovan trainers shared their positive experience and challenges encountered in preparing the piloting session. All experts from Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Poland and Romania contributed with valuable feedback in the form of a peer review provided to the Moldovan colleagues. A large part of the session was dedicated to discussing and formulating recommendations for fine-tuning the training plan. Following these discussions, all experts who attended the piloting session shall contribute to finalisating the training plan. The finalised training plan of the module will be presented to the educational representatives and practitioners from all EaP countries during the study visit to Poland. Afterwards, it will be shared with all respective training institutions in the region to allow for further consideration of its integration into the training curricula.

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SIPPAP consortium partners discuss the project’s status quo and the way ahead

The Third Project Coordination Meeting (PCM) took place in Bratislava on 19 September 2014. Representatives of the consortium partners gathered at the headquarters of the Bureau of Border and Aliens Police of the Presidium of the Police Force of Slovakia to discuss the project implementation and status quo, next steps in both operational and practical components, lessons learnt and financing issues.

ICMPD representatives shared the results of the activities that had been carried out since the previous PCM, incl. study visits to Romania, Latvia and Slovakia and five operational workshops in Georgia and Belarus in summer 2014. However, more time was dedicated to discussing the future of the project and how to implement the upcoming activities with the utmost output while also adhering to the objectives and logical framework of the project. The partners also went through the work plan and the agenda of the upcoming study visit to Poland, the piloting of the second educational module on inter-agency cooperation scheduled for the last week in September in Moldova and the 2nd Project Steering Group Meeting that will gather partners and beneficiaries in Chisinau on 26 November 2014. Other topics covered during the meeting were the development of the educational module and the memorandum of understanding on cooperation among training institutions in a number of EU Member States and Eastern Partnership countries. It is planned that the MoU be signed by the representatives of the respective training institutions during the Closing Conference in April 2015. At the end of the meeting, the participants confirmed their satisfaction with the project’s progress and mutual agreement on all the issues raised during the meeting.

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Study visit to the Slovak Republic

On 15-18 September 2014, a study visit to the Slovak Republic took place. The visit gathered eleven practitioners working at the borders and at the educational institutions of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

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Piloting Of The Educational Module On Risk Analysis In Georgia

On 9–10 September 2014, the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia hosted the piloting of the first educational module, developed in the framework of the project. The session was conducted by national trainers from the Academy and Border and Patrol Police of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia. Support in the development of the training session, as well as in its implementation, was provided by EU experts from Poland and Romania.

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Risk analysis in EU and Belarus

On 13–14 August 2014, in the framework of the EaP-SIPPAP project, the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) held a national workshop in Minsk, Belarus, dedicated to systems of risk analysis. The workshop brought together representatives of the State Border Committee of the Republic of Belarus, the Romanian Ministry of Internal Affairs and ICMPD.

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Intra-agency cooperation in Georgia

The series of operational workshops that took place in Tbilisi on 28 to 31 July 2014 were completed with the workshop on strengthening cooperation between Patrol Police and Border Police of Georgia. The workshop brought together representatives of the Georgian authorities and international experts of the Ministry of Interior of Hungary and ICMPD.

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Workshop on supporting border management in EaP countries

On 28-29 July 2014 the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) organized operational workshop in Tbilisi, Georgia. Workshop brought together representatives of the national authorities on border management from Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and EU Member States, representing by the senior experts of the State Border Guard of Latvia, the Ministry of Interior of Hungary and the Bureau of Border and Aliens Police of the Presidium of the Police Force of Slovakia.

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Border delegates in focus in Georgia

The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) organised two operational workshops on border delegates in Tbilisi on July, namely:

  • 28-29 July 2014, Workshop on supporting drafting of the standard operational procedures (SOPs) on border delegates to strengthen cooperation at the border between Armenia and Georgia, and
  • 30-31 July 2014, Workshop on supporting drafting of the standard operational procedures (SOPs) on border delegates to strengthen cooperation at the border between Azerbaijan and Georgia.

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PRESS RELEASE: Operational workshops on supporting border management in Georgia

On 30-31 July 2014, the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) will organize two operational workshops in Tbilisi, namely:

  • workshop on strengthening cooperation between Patrol Police and Border Police of Georgia and
  • workshop on supporting drafting the standard operational procedures (SOPs) on  border delegates with the aim to strengthen cooperation at the border between Azerbaijan and Georgia.

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Study Visit to Hungary

On 20–23 May 2014, a study visit to Hungary took place (third of its kind in the framework of the project). The visit gathered representatives of educational institutions, as well as practitioners from the border agencies of Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The main idea behind the study visit, to present the educational system for border police in Hungary, was reflected in the agenda of the event.

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