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Integrated Border Management Flagship Initiative

21 December 2012

On 12 November 2012 the EU-funded Eastern Partnership (EaP) Integrated Border Management (IBM) Flagship Initiative Training (FIT) project held a regional workshop on elaboration and implementation of IBM Strategies and an Action Plan.
The EaP IBM Flagship Initiative was designed to support 6 EaP countries– Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine – in order to develop better concepts of integrated border management and also to facilitate the implementation of integrated border management strategies and associated action plans. The training project has 6 thematic areas covering capacity building and institutional building. To support the implementation of IBM Strategies and action plans, four regional and six national events were implemented. Other issues included document integrity and security, detection of forgeries and imposter recognition, risk analysis for customs, detection of smuggled drugs and cigarettes/tobacco products, protection of intellectual property rights, and combating trafficking of human beings, as well as greater awareness of corruption.

The aim of this particular workshop was to bring together the experience, best practices, challenges and difficulties of the five participating countries. The delegations from these countries presented reports on their achievements and core problems in this area. The manager of the EaP IMB FIT project, Victor Mackay, stated: “I want to stress that one of the main aims of this event is to bring integrated border management to a training standard and see if a country has implemented its IMB strategy platform, has joint border control, has harmonised border control procedures, has integrated all these into the national education system, has designed a new curriculum, and has institutionalised training”.

Due to the number of activities, and also thanks to high interest from beneficiary countries, the project has been extended for 18 months and is expected to finish on 30 June 2013.
EaP IMB FIT is funded by the EU with a budget of €2 million.

Integrated Border Management Flagship Initiative

On 12 November 2012 the EU-funded Eastern Partnership (EaP) Integrated Border Management (IBM) Flagship Initiative Training (FIT) project held a regional workshop on elaboration and implementation of IBM Strategies and an Action Plan. The EaP IBM Flagship Initiative was designed to support 6 EaP countries– Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine – in order to develop better concepts of integrated border management and also to facilitate the implementation of integrated border management strategies and associated action plans. The training project has 6 thematic areas covering capacity building and institutional building. To support the implementation of IBM Strategies and action plans, four regional and six national events were implemented. Other issues included document integrity and security, detection of forgeries and imposter recognition, risk analysis for customs, detection of smuggled drugs and cigarettes/tobacco products, protection of intellectual property rights, and combating trafficking of human beings, as well as greater awareness of corruption. The aim of this particular workshop was to bring together the experience, best practices, challenges and difficulties of the five participating countries. The delegations from these countries presented reports on their achievements and core problems in this area. The manager of the EaP IMB FIT project, Victor Mackay, stated: “I want to stress that one of the main aims of this event is to bring integrated border management to a training standard and see if a country has implemented its IMB strategy platform, has joint border control, has harmonised border control procedures, has integrated all these into the national education system, has designed a new curriculum, and has institutionalised training”. Due to the number of activities, and also thanks to high interest from beneficiary countries, the project has been extended for 18 months and is expected to finish on 30 June 2013. EaP IMB FIT is funded by the EU with a budget of €2 million.