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EaP-SIPPAP is officially launched

The project “Eastern Partnership Cooperation in the Fight against Irregular Migration – Supporting the Implementation of the Prague Process Action Plan (EaP – SIPPAP)” was officially launched on 19 September 2013 with the Kick-off Conference, which took place in Budapest, Hungary. The project will foster strategic and operational cooperation in the EaP region in preventing cross-border crimes, focusing especially on irregular migration. It is being implemented by the consortium of partners, namely ICMPD, the State Border Guard of Latvia, the Border Guard of the Republic of Poland, General Directorate for European Affairs and International Relations of Romania and the Bureau of Border and Aliens Police of the Presidium of the Police Force of Slovakia under the lead of the Ministry of Interior of Hungary.

The Kick-off Conference convened representatives of the implementing consortium along with representatives from five national border guard/police/migration services of the Eastern Partnership countries and embassies of partner countries accredited in Hungary. The event aimed to introduce the project and its envisaged results to the participants. Ms. Krisztina Berta, Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry of Interior of Hungary, underlined in her opening speech the uniqueness of the project and that the Hungarian Ministry of Interior and its project partners will apply their expertise gained from carrying out other activities in the region to address the needs and interests of agencies in the Eastern Partnership region. At the end of the conference, representatives of the EU Member States, as partners of the project, officially signed the memorandum of understanding, which defines their role in the project.

The Kick-Off Conference concluded an inception phase of the project. The findings and recommendations from the inception phase will be presented in the inception report.

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