23 – 24 November 2021 – Regional Meeting on Migration Statistics in the Western Balkans

23 – 24 November 2021 – Regional Meeting on Migration Statistics in the Western Balkans

Belgrade – In order to support the further alignment of MARRI Participants with Regulation (EC) 862/2007 on Community Statistics on Migration and International Protection and facilitate the data exchange through WB-MIDEX, IOM under the auspices of the regional IPA II project “Regional Support to Protection Sensitive Migration Management in the Western Balkans and Turkey”, supported the authorities in the Western Balkans region to develop Road Maps on Migration Statistics that outline the current practices, challenges, and level of alignment with EU

17 November 2021 – 5th Steering Group Meeting of the PaCT Project

17 November 2021 – 5th Steering Group Meeting of the PaCT Project

Zoom – The fifth session of the PaCT Steering Group gathered the MARRI Participants’ Anti-trafficking Coordinators, the PaCT project partners and an expert from GRETA to brief about the project progress and main achievements but also, to discuss the global trends in the trafficking in human beings and their implications in the Western Balkans region. Following the update on Participants’ priorities in the field of THB, representatives of Macedonian Young Lawyers Association,  IFS – EMMAUS from Bosnia and Herzegovina and

11 – 12 November 2021 – Meeting of the Executive Heads of Border Police, Budva Montenegro

11 – 12 November 2021 – Meeting of the Executive Heads of Border Police, Budva Montenegro

Budva – In anticipation of the high-level meeting with Frontex Management Board scheduled for 16th of November 2021, MARRI Participants’ delegations met to discuss their cooperation with Frontex regarding the issues of mutual interest. Specifically, the three thematic sessions of the meeting were dedicated to the legal and operational aspects of cooperation with Frontex; the exchange of information about the latest developments in the field of migration; and discussions on the New EU Pact on Migration and Asylum, including the

27 – 29 October 2021 – Regional Conference on Readmission in Ohrid, North Macedonia

27 – 29 October 2021 – Regional Conference on Readmission in Ohrid, North Macedonia

Ohrid – Effective return, readmission and reintegration policies, in full respect of international law, were the main topic of discussion at the Regional Conference on Readmission, held on 27 – 29 October 2021 in Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia. The Conference was co-organised by MARRI, Hilfswerk International and the partner organization Association for Help and Development HAJDE from Bosnia and Herzegovina, as a three-day event in a hybrid format. On behalf of the MARRI Presidency-in-Office by North Macedonia, the Conference

Open call – Finance and Support Officer, MARRI Regional Centre

Open call – Finance and Support Officer, MARRI Regional Centre

MARRI RC is announcing an open call for position of Finance and Support Officer. The selected candidate will be responsible for managing MARRI RC finances, pre-accounting and procurement but also, for the same of all projects implemented by the RC. The deadline for application is 12 November 2021.   Terms of Reference

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