This event, organized by the TNTD/Border Security Management Unit, provided the opportunity to discuss the importance of confidence building activities among the relevant border security and management services and to encourage better co-operation.
Meeting objectives included:
The meeting was attended by 102 participants from Albania, Germany, the United States of America, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, France, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia, Hungary, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, the Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Tajikistan, the Czech Republic, Turkmenistan, Ukraine. Algeria, representatives of the EU funded Programmes - Border Management in Central Asia (EUBOMCA) and Border Management in Northern Afghanistan (EU-BOMNAF), DCAF, Europol, Frontex, ICMPD, INTERPOL, Police Co-operation Convention for Southeast Europe (PCC SEE), UN Counterterrorism Centre, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the US National Counterterrorism Centre also participated and contributed to the event.
The meeting, devoted to promoting cross-border co-operation and confidence building to address the emerging threats and challenges in the OSCE region, allowed the participants to review emerging transnational threats and challenges. The meeting was followed by a study visit to the German-Polish border in Swiecko where the participants had an opportunity to learn about good practices in conducting joint border operations, utilizing specialized structures and information exchange mechanisms for more efficient border security and management.