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EC Project for Söderköping Process Continuation


On 26 May 2004, a contract between the European Commission (EC) and the Swedish Migration Board (SMB) was signed for the continuation of the Söderköping process and the administration of the CBCP Secretariat with the total funding of EURO 997,500. Under the new EC project, the SMB is an implementing agency, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) are project partners. The project covers the period from 1 May 2004 till 31 October 2005.

The project objective is, through co-operation in migration and border management between the Western Newly Independent States (NIS) and neighbouring new EU Member States and candidate countries, to make the Western NIS less attractive as a region of transit migration and increase their capacity to develop into safe countries of asylum. More specifically, the project aims to facilitate co-operation between Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine and neighbouring Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia and to:

  • facilitate a structured open dialogue with a view to creating a regional asylum and migration management network;
  • support government capacity building to reduce irregular migration;
  • tackle irregular migration and trafficking and contribute to improved border management;
  • distinguish approaches to asylum seekers and undocumented migrants ensuring application of migrants rights;
  • transfer the new EU Member States’ and candidate countries’ experience of aligning with the EU Acquis on asylum and migration.

To meet the abovementioned objectives, the following activities will be carried out by the project partners and the Secretariat:

  • Meetings for Northern cluster and for Central and Southern cluster countries and a senior level review meeting will be organised to continue the discussion between migration and border guard officials from all the participating countries. All meetings will be followed with publication of meetings’ materials.
  • Two thematic workshops will be held with a view to addressing the participants’ training needs in the field of asylum, migration and border management. Each workshop will be accompanied by training materials.
  • Steering Committee will meet twice to confirm the workplan for the Secretariat and to agree on further actions within the process.
  • Briefings for embassies and international organisations will be held in the beneficiary countries to gain awareness of the problems faced by the region and to attract attention and support of the international community to the process’ activities.
  • Legal research activities will be carried to address inquiries on specific issues of concern to the participating countries in the asylum, migration and border management field.
  • A quarterly newsletter will continue to be published to provide an update on developments within the project, in the participating countries, in the EU asylum and migration field, as well as to inform about funding and training opportunities within the EU.
  • A website will be developed to facilitate information exchange between the participating countries and organisations and within the process’ network of experts.

As expected outcome, the project intends to contribute to strengthened asylum, migration and border management in the beneficiary countries; improved observance of migrants’ rights and awareness of international refugee and human rights law; increased information on neighbouring country migration and refugee legislation and related administrative structures; increased awareness and mutual understanding of the reality of the new border; and more efficient co-operation between the countries and organisations participating the Söderköping process.

Established in Kyiv in May 2003, the CBCP Secretariat continues to serve as a co-ordination centre for the process.

  The Project is funded
by the European
The Project is implemented
by the International
Organization for Migration