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Tenth Annual Meeting of the OSCE Border Security and Management National Focal Points Network

Category
Event
Date(s)
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Subject
Border security and management

Description

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.

Summary

Meeting objectives included: 

  • For all participants: to review emerging transnational threats and challenges and discuss how modern border security and management services can address those;
  • Analyze existing cross-border co-operation mechanisms and share best practices such as developing joint operational co-operation (regional border police and customs co-operation/information exchange centres, joint border patrolling, liaison officers, joint operations, information exchange systems, etc.);
  • Define and discuss lessons learnt and challenges posed by the recent migration crisis;
  • Share best practices and lessons learnt such as providing timely and accurate information to public and partner agencies;
  • Brainstorm on how to improve communication measures to the public and partner services in order to contributing to higher public engagement and mutual support to manage crisis situations;
  • For NFPs only: to discuss on-going initiatives and agree on further activities.

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.

 

Information

Added on
13 Oct 2017
Origin
OSCE Secretariat / Transnational Threats Department / Border Management and Security Unit
Type
Meeting
Venue description

Berlin, Germany

Organizer
OSCE Secretariat / Transnational Threats Department / Border Management and Security Unit
Participants
Experts
Keywords
cross-border co-operation
Rights
OSCE