13-15 0ctober 2021 – Regional Conference on Gender Mainstreaming in Migration

13-15 0ctober 2021 – Regional Conference on Gender Mainstreaming in Migration

Sarajevo –  Women and men on the move face very different living conditions and circumstances, calling for gender-specific policies and measures to facilitate their journeys. To address this challenge, MARRI RC initiated the first Regional Conference on Gender Mainstreaming in Migration, happening in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina from 13 to 15 October 2021. The conference is co-hosted by the Gender Equality Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina under the Ministry for Human Rights and Refugees with financial support from the Asylum,

5 October 2021 – MARRI RC – EASO Briefing

5 October 2021 – MARRI RC – EASO Briefing

Skopje – The possibility of establishing a regional practitioners ’network on Country of Origin Information (COI) was the main topic of discussion during the meeting between the representatives of MARRI Regional Centre and European Asylum Support Office (EASO) which took place on 5 October 2021 at the premises of the MARRI Regional Centre in Skopje. The activity in subject is part of the EASO – MARRI Project Workplan 2020 – 2021 (Activity 2.2.2.3), developed in the framework of the EU-funded

23-24 September 2021 – Support Group Meeting on Western Balkan Border Security Initiative (WBBSi)

23-24 September 2021 – Support Group Meeting on Western Balkan Border Security Initiative (WBBSi)

Budva – The Integrative Internal Security Governance in the Western Balkans (IISG) held the Support Group Meeting for the third pillar – Western Balkan Border Security Initiative (WBBSi) on 23rd and 24th of September 2021, in a hybrid mode. The meeting was co-chaired by Mr. Agron Sojati, Head of the IISG Secretariat, Ms. Neli Rasovic, Representative of Montenegro to MARRI RC and Mr. Pawel Sliwinski, FRONTEX Team Leader for Western Balkans and Turkey. By bringing together participants from the six

5 July 2021 – Berlin Process Summit: Participants commended the activities of MARRI

5 July 2021 – Berlin Process Summit: Participants commended the activities of MARRI

Berlin – The online Summit of Western Balkan Prime Ministers and the EU leaders, hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel took place on 5 July 2021, with the participants assessing the results of regional cooperation and defining the future steps in securing the democracy, prosperity and stability of the region and it future integration in Europe. Reflecting on the topic of migration, the participants of the meeting agreed that further joint response is needed but acknowledged MARRI’s efforts on the

1- 2 July 2021 – MARRI Committee and MARRI Regional Forum Meeting

1- 2 July 2021 – MARRI Committee and MARRI Regional Forum Meeting

Podgorica – The MARRI Regional Forum of Ministers of Interior/Security marked the end of MARRI Presidency-in-Office by Montenegro (June 2020 – June 2021) and the beginning of North Macedonia yearlong chairmanship over the Initiative. Along with the MARRI Participant’s delegations, the meeting was attended by representatives of international organisatons among which UNHCR, IOM, EASO, Frontex, RCC, IISG and GIZ.  As per usual, the Ministerial Forum provided an opportunity for MARRI Participants to discuss current and future activities of MARRI in

27 May 2021 – 4th PaCT Steering Group Meeting

27 May 2021 – 4th PaCT Steering Group Meeting

The discussions of the fourth (online) session of the PaCT Steering Group focused on developing approaches for enhancing the functionality of the National Referral Mechanisms (NRMs) as well as implementation of mental health and psycho-social support (MHPSS) measures in the reception centers and shelters for victims of trafficking in human beings. The discussions were based on the key findings of a research and expert assessments on above-mentioned topics, presented by GIZ Project team. The Steering Group contemplated the way forward

20 May 2021 – Promotion of the ICMPD Practitioner’s Guide for Developing Strategies against Trafficking in Human Beings and Action Plans

20 May 2021 – Promotion of the ICMPD Practitioner’s Guide for Developing Strategies against Trafficking in Human Beings and Action Plans

The Practitioner’s Guide for Developing Strategies against Trafficking in Human Beings and Action Plans is a product of the regional project for “Preventing and Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings – PaCT”, commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by GIZ and MARRI as strategic partner. The overall objective of the Practitioner’s Guide is supporting THB Coordinators and anti-trafficking stakeholders in the process of development of Strategies and Action Plans for preventing and combatting

18 May 2021 – Meeting of the MARRI Border Management Police Network

18 May 2021 – Meeting of the MARRI Border Management Police Network

Budva – In line with the priorities of Montenegro Presidency-in-Office in the area of border management, MARRI Regional Centre organised a meeting for high officials of Border Police in the MARRI Participants to exchange of information about the current state of play regarding the migration flows and share ideas for cooperation in addressing the common challenges at regional level. Key topics of the discussion were the influence of Covid19 on migration, regulating the safe cross-border movements and required measures for

27-28 April 2021 – Workshop on Developing a Joint Understanding of the Digital Transformation Process

27-28 April 2021 – Workshop on Developing a Joint Understanding of the Digital Transformation Process

As both, migration and digitalization are global trends which will significantly shape the social, economic and political patterns in the coming decades, the RC Director Mr. Sashko Kocev took a new initiative and proposed a Digital Agenda which will include a digital transformation of the organizational activities, tools, processes, competencies and models, to fully balance the changes and opportunities in a strategic and prioritized way. A comprehensive background INFORMATION from the Integrated Expert Mr. Christoph von Harsdorf (GIZ PMD) served

24 March 2021 – Meeting of the MARRI Heads of Asylum Departments Network

24 March 2021 – Meeting of the MARRI Heads of Asylum Departments Network

In line with the Priorities of the Montenegro Presidency-in-Office, MARRI Regional Centre organized the first semiannual meeting of the Heads of Asylum Departments Network, which gathered asylum experts from the Ministries of Interior/Security of MARRI Participants as well as representatives from the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) in Malta.  Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, this session of the Asylum Network was organized online via Zoom. On behalf of the Presidency-in-Office, the opening remarks were delivered by MARRI Participant Representative