This inaugural meeting will mark the launch the new initiative of the OSCE Border Management Staff College – the OSCE Border Security and Management Training Support Network. Participants will discuss the modalities of the network, the mechanisms for co-operation and coordination within the network and with the other similar initiatives.
The main objective of the OSCE Border Security and Management Training Support Network (TS Network) is to connect the specialized national border guard/police and customs training institutions and to allow the OSCE participating States (pS) and Partners for Co-operation (PfC) to advance in implementation of the OSCE Border Security and Management Concept. The TS Network will also help to make the BMSC an even more meaningful and practically applicable project for the OSCE pS and their border security and management services.
The main functions of such a network would be to stimulate exchange of information; establish and/or enhance cooperation and communication among the specialized border security and management training institutions and with various regional and international organizations working in the area of capacity building of national border and customs services and agencies; provide access to the best practices in training delivery and a network of trainers; design and implement joint outreach activities, etc.
During the latest meeting of the OSCE Border Security and Management National Focal Points Network (NFP Network) organized by the OSCE TNTD/Border Security Management Unit in June 2014 in Vienna the participants were presented with the idea of creation of the network of border security and management training institutions which would be promoted and supported by the OSCE Border Management Staff College (BMSC). The attendees of NFP Network meeting supported the idea and noted that the proposed TS Network would not duplicate already existing mechanisms, but might instead offer the linkages amongst similar regional initiatives due to a broader regional scope and a wider thematic focus. The Network will include both border guard/police and customs training institutions.
Based on the positive feedback from the participants of the NFP Network meeting, the OSCE BMSC intends to organize its first ever meeting of representatives of border guard/police and customs training institutions of the OSCE pS and PfC on 24-25 September 2014 in Vienna, Austria.
The meeting is open for officially designated border security and management related national and international training institutions, relevant experts, representatives of the OSCE field operations as well as officials from international and regional organisations working in the area of border security and management.
The Meeting will consist of plenary sessions as well as working group discussions during which the participants will be divided into several teams. At the beginning of each session, the Moderators and Guest Speakers will share their experiences in order to initiate discussions that will be supplemented by participants’ contributions. The designated representatives are expected to be ready to make a contribution in the form of up to 5-10 minute presentation or a statement.
Nominated representatives are encouraged to submit their written interventions in advance. Depending on the date of receipt, these contributions might also be translated.
The meeting will be conducted in compliance with the Chatham House Rule, which provides for a better atmosphere for the NFPs to express their opinion.
The Chatham House Rule is a principle that governs the confidentiality of the source of information received at a meeting. Since its refinement in 2002, the rule states:
When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.
The rule allows people to speak as individuals and to express views that may not be those of their organizations or nations, and therefore, encourages a free discussion. Speakers are free to voice their own opinions, without concern for their personal reputation or their official duties and affiliations.
Representatives of the international and regional organisations, Networks and national agencies are invited to share their experiences in the area of building a training network across borders.
Guest speakers are encouraged to submit electronic copies of their presentations by the 8th of September 2014. In addition, the speakers are kindly requested to bring an electronic copy of their presentations (on a USB stick) as a back-up, when travelling to the meeting.
Presentations and supporting materials provided by Guest Speakers will be distributed to all participants. With author’s permission the selected statements could be also referred to in the future OSCE publications.