NUPS taking part in a historic agreement on cooperation among training institutions in border management. The memorandum of understanding constitutes the first legally binding multilateral agreement among the countries in the Eastern Partnership region and EU Member States on cooperation in border management training.
The memorandum was signed on 24 March 2015, during an official signing ceremony in Tbilisi, Georgia. The ceremony, organised by ICMPD on behalf of the Ministry of Interior of Hungary, is one of the key events of the 'Eastern Partnership cooperation in the fight against irregular migration – supporting the implementation of the Prague Process Action Plan' (EaP-SIPPAP) project. It brings together the representatives of ten project partners and the implementing partners (Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia) including National University of Public Service, as well as representatives of the national authorities in border management from the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries.
The agreement provides a legal and institutional framework for strengthening and facilitating cooperation in the field of education and basic/advanced training of border guards in all EaP countries and EU Member States. Specifically, it enables a regular exchange of scientific and technical information, and educational and methodological literature; joint training, conferences, workshops and other educational and research activities; joint events for the exchange of professional experience between the persons involved in border management education programmes, and, if needed, the exchange of the persons involved in such programmes; and lastly, joint participation in cultural and sport events held by the countries.
The EaP-SIPPAP project has contributed to enhanced strategic and operational cooperation in the Eastern Partnership region primarily aimed at preventing irregular migration and supporting border management in a more efficient and coordinated way. It is being implemented from April 2013 to April 2015 by the State Border Guard of Latvia, the Border Guard of Poland, the Schengen Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Romania, the Bureau of Border and Aliens Police of the Presidium of the Police Force of Slovakia, and ICMPD under the lead of the Ministry of Interior of Hungary.
More information about the project can be found at: http://eap-sippap.eu/en/.
EAP SIPPAP project „Cooperation with Eastern Partnership countries on fight against illegal migration – supporting the implementation of the Prague Process Action Plan” (EuropeAid/131-088/C/ACT/Multi-2)
The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Hungary in cooperation with the respective organisations responsible for border control in the Republic of Poland, the Republic of Latvia, Romania and the Slovak Republic and with the International Centre for Migration Policy Development in Vienna launched the project „Cooperation with Eastern Partnership countries on fight against illegal migration – supporting the implementation of the Prague Process Action Plan” in April 2013. The project is realized by the 18th of April 2015 within the framework of the European Commission’s “Cooperation with Third Countries in the areas of Migration and Asylum” programme and with the EU’s financial support of more than 800 thousand Euros.
The project is realized by a consortium led by the Hungarian Ministry of Interior and including the Polish Border Control, the Slovak Ministry of Interior, the Romanian Ministry of Interior, the Latvian Border Control and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development.
The project’s main objective is to strengthen the strategic cooperation between the European Union and the Eastern Partnership countries, namely the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and the Republic of Belarus, regarding on cross-border crime prevention with a special focus on illegal migration.
Further aims of the project include the development of cooperation between the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries, and the strengthening of the partnership between the Eastern Partnership countries. The project pays particular attention to the development of inter-ministerial cooperation in the Eastern Partnership countries in the framework of existing concepts of border control, and to the incorporation of the training and education modules focusing on integrated border management systems into the national educational framework.
Accordingly, a delegation representing the Eastern Partnership countries visited the Faculty of Law Enforcement at the National University of Public Service on the 21st of May 2014 and was received by Dean Prof. Dr. Péter Ruzsonyi brigadier general and Dr. habil. János Varga colonel (ret.), Head of the Department of Border Management. The visitors received insight into the history, activity and training system of the university and the faculty and participated in a training led by college assistant lecturer dr. jur. Zoltán Székely major (ret.).
Further information on the project is available in English and Russian at www.eap-sippap.eu