This event, organized by the TNTD/Border Security Management Unit, aims to provide for the opportunity to discuss the importance of confidence building activities among the relevant border security and management services and to encourage better co-operation.
At the Ministerial Council in Ljubljana, pS adopted the OSCE Border Security and Management Concept (MC.DOC/2/05; 6 December 2005). In the BSMC, the OSCE was tasked to facilitate the “exchange of information, experience and best practices” as well as “technical dialogue between national border services and competent national structures” on border security and management issues.
Additionally, the Concept identified the establishment of national focal points (NFPs) as a method by which a possible OSCE contribution may be delivered. The Permanent Council (PC) approved the Terms of Reference (ToR) for the OSCE Border Security and Management National Focal Point (NFP) Network (PC.DEC/757; 5 December 2006), which described the responsibilities of the NFPs and the OSCE Secretariat.
Most participating States are represented in the Network, with 50 appointing NFPs that meet on an annual basis. To date, the NFP Network has conducted six annual meetings. This year’s meeting will be co-organised in co-operation with the current OSCE Chairmanship and will be held at Hofburg Congress Centre, Vienna, Austria.
The event will be organised in line with the recommendations made by the National Focal Points in the course of the previous NFP Network events as well as during the informal consultations. The chosen thematic focus of the event builds up on the conclusions of the previous annual meetings and is in line with the 2014 Swiss OSCE Chairmanship priorities.
The objectives of the meeting are:
The meeting is open for officially designated National Focal Points, relevant national experts as well as representatives of the OSCE field operations that address border security and management issues in their host country, and also for officials from international and regional organisations dealing with relevant issues that are willing to contribute to the discussions.
It is planned that the Swiss OSCE Chairmanship would invite suitable border security and management experts from the OSCE Partners for Co-operation countries to take part in the second day of the event on Wednesday, the 11th of June.
The sessions on Thursday, the 12th of June will be open to officially designated NFPs only.