EU and IOM support Integrated Border Management in Eastern Partnership countries

18 June 2019

On 13-14 June, migration governance practitioners gathered in Minsk to share best practices of Integrated Border Management. The event was hosted by the State Border Committee of Belarus with the support of the European External Action Service, DG HOME and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Mission in Ukraine under the framework of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) Panel on Migration, Mobility and Integrated Border Management.

The concept of Integrated Border Management has been successfully implemented in Ukraine and other Eastern Partnership countries in recent years. Thus, the IOM Mission in Ukraine directly contributes to the implementation of such EU-funded projects as ”Introduction of an Automated Intelligent Video-Control System at the Road Border Crossing Point Novaya Huta – Novi Yarylovychi at the Belarus-Ukraine Frontier (IVCO)”, ”Enhancing Integrated Border Management along the Ukraine-Moldova Border”, “Support to the Eastern Partnership Panel on Migration, Mobility and Integrated Border Management" and others.

The Panel Meeting gathered representatives from the European External Action Service, DG HOME, EUBAM, EU High-Level Expert Team on IBM in Ukraine, Frontex, EU Member States (Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland), six Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine), international organizations (IOM, ICMPD, UNHCR), and civil society.

The Panel Meeting provided an occasion to discuss recent developments in the European Integrated Border Management; approaches to IBM strategies both at the EU level, including Technical and Operational European IBM strategy recently developed by Frontex, and the country level in the EU Member States and Partner countries; integrated approach to “green” border surveillance; as  well as continuous EU support to cross-border cooperation in the EaP region.

As noted by Radoslaw Darski, Deputy Head of Division, Eastern Partnership, Regional cooperation and OSCE, EEAS, “the Integrated Border Management is not a one-size-fits-all approach – on the contrary, national IBM strategies should be adapted to particular circumstances on the ground”. The importance of further development of inter-agency and intra-agency cooperation as well as cooperation between Partner countries was also highlighted by the meeting participants.

On the second day of the meeting, a field visit to “Molodechnenskaia” border guard unit at the Belarus-Lithuania border was organized for insight into activities and best practices of the State Border Committee of Belarus.

For more information and meeting materials please follow the link.