17 December 2019 – MARRI Committee Meeting

17 December 2019 – MARRI Committee Meeting

Skopje – The regular mid-term MARRI Regional Committee meeting under the Presidency-in-Office of Kosovo* was held at the premises of the Regional Centre in Skopje and it was attended by MARRI Committee Members, MARRI Coordinators, representatives of MARRI Participants and MARRI RC staff. As per usual practice, MARRI RC Director Sashko Kocev reported on Centre’s operations and impact in the period of June-December 2019 including the implemented and upcoming project activities, events linked to the cooperation with existing and potential partners, and the progress

4-5 December 2019 – Regional Conference “Managing Migration Better”

4-5 December 2019 – Regional Conference “Managing Migration Better”

Pristina – The Reginal Conference “Managing Migration Better” crowned the implementation of “Strengthening regional migration governance” project, commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in cooperation with MARRI. With an objective to create common understanding of regional challenges in migration governance and provide concrete proposals/ideas for using MARRI capacities in conducting future activities, the Conference offered unique opportunity for more than 100 professionals dealing with the migration

27 November 2019 – 1st Steering Group meeting of the Regional Project on Preventing and combating trafficking in human beings in the Western Balkans (PaCT)

27 November 2019 – 1st Steering Group meeting of the Regional Project on Preventing and combating trafficking in human beings in the Western Balkans (PaCT)

Podgorica – The Steering Group of the Regional Project on Preventing and combating trafficking in human beings in the Western Balkans (PaCT) held its first session on 27 November 2019 in Podgorica. Composed of Coordinators for fight against Trafficking in Human Beings of MARRI Participants, the Steering Group’s role is to identify and discuss the crucial points/challenges, to follow the progress and monitor the implementation of the project, and to ensure implementation of the Steering Group’s decisions by all relevant project stakeholders. The regional PaCT

19 November 2019 – BRMC Regional Conference on Asylum and Migration

19 November 2019 – BRMC Regional Conference on Asylum and Migration

Sarajevo – Balkan Refugee and Migration Council (BRMC) organized Regional Conference on Asylum and Migration for representatives of governmental, non-governmental, regional and international organizations. On behalf on MARRI RC, Mr. Aleksandar Todosiev and Mr. Bilall Bilalli presented MARRI RC activities performed in the previous period, emphasizing the involvement of all relevant stakeholders in the dialogue for improved migration management in the MARRI region. They emphasized that Civil Society Organizations can be relevant partners to the governmental institutions, and together they can

6-8 November 2019 – The Third MARRI Legal Framework Reform Meeting

6-8 November 2019 – The Third MARRI Legal Framework Reform Meeting

Gevgelija – MARRI Committee Members, Coordinators, Representatives and legal experts from MARRI Participants attended the third meeting of the MARRI Legal Framework Reform process, organized in accordance to the Plan for Finalization of MARRI’s Basic Documents adopted in April 2019 in Ohrid, and with support of the German government through GIZ North Macedonia. During the meeting chaired by MARRI Presidency-in-Office of Kosovo*, the participants successfully concluded the Agenda, completing the revision of the MARRI’s existing legal framework, in addition to the newly

30 October 2019 – Regional Conference against Trafficking in Human Beings – “Together we can – Together, fighting Trafficking in Human Beings”

30 October 2019 – Regional Conference against Trafficking in Human Beings – “Together we can – Together, fighting Trafficking in Human Beings”

Tirana – The exchange of experiences about the evolving forms of the phenomenon of Trafficking in Human Beings in the Western Balkan region as well as new awareness raising methods and new identifications approaches were the main topics of the regional conference, organised by the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Albania and the Office of the National Anti-Trafficking Co-ordinator (ONAC) with support of the German International Cooperation (GIZ), as a first event in the framework of the Regional Project on Preventing and

29 – 31 October 2019 – Regional Conference “Enhanced collaboration within Western Balkans in providing international protection and respecting the human rights of refugees”

29 – 31 October 2019 – Regional Conference “Enhanced collaboration within Western Balkans in providing international protection and respecting the human rights of refugees”

Ohrid – The Heads of Asylum Departments and representatives of Border Police of MARRI Participants discussed the coordinated protection response in line with EU standards and international conventions at the 3-day regional conference, organised by MARRI RC with support of UNHCR. The conference was the first in a series of UNHCR-supported regional events with an aim to revive the MARRI Heads of Asylum Departments Network as well as to strengthen the cooperation between the asylum and border police authorities. In

Short-term Consultancy – Personal Data Protection Expert, MARRI Regional Centre

Short-term Consultancy – Personal Data Protection Expert, MARRI Regional Centre

MARRI RC is announcing open call for Personal Data Protection Expert to be engaged under Special Service/Consultancy Contract. The selected candidate shall analyse the workflow and working processes in the MARRI RC, the types of data that MARRI RC is collecting and processing, develop procedures for personal data protection respecting EU General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (GDPR) and capacitate MARRI RC staff in applying the new procedures. The vacancy is open until 24 October 2019. Terms of Reference

3 October 2019 – “Strengthening regional dialogue and cooperation on migration” Workshop

3 October 2019 – “Strengthening regional dialogue and cooperation on migration” Workshop

Belgrade – Representatives of governmental institutions, international and civil society organizations in the Republic of Serbia attended the last workshop in the framework of “Strengthening regional migration governance” project, organized by MARRI RC with support of German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through German International Cooperation (GIZ). More than 60 professionals exchanged views and experiences in the five thematic areas in MARRI’s mandate including asylum, border management, trafficking in human beings, return/readmission and labour migration. The aim of the workshop was to gain better understanding of the migration

30 September – 1 October 2019 – Financial Experts’ Subgroup Meeting, MARRI Legal Framework Reform

30 September – 1 October 2019 –  Financial Experts’ Subgroup Meeting, MARRI Legal Framework Reform

Skopje –  Financial Experts delegated by MARRI Participants met at MARRI Regional Centre to continue the revision of the newly proposed draft text of “MARRI RC Financial Rules and Regulations”, developed by Integrated Expert Christoph von Harsdorf. The 2-days working session is a follow-through on the meeting held on 11-13 September in Struga, organised as a parallel discussion to the second MARRI Legal Framework Reform Working Group Meeting. As agreed at the meeting in Struga, the suggestions made by this subgroup of