First Thematic Workshop on Reception and Detention Regimes of the Söderköping Process
On 7-8 February 2005 in Ukraine, Kyiv, the European Commission (EC), the Swedish Migration Board (SMB), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), with the support of the Cross-Border Co-operation Process (CBCP) Secretariat convened the First Thematic Workshop on Reception and Detention Regimes of the Söderköping Process.
The Workshop aimed to provide practical training to government officials and representatives of non-governmental organizations from the ten countries involved in the Söderköping Process related to refugee and irregular migrant reception and detention issues, as well as to share/transfer experience of EU Member States, practices of newly acceded EU Member States with respect to reception and detention regimes with the three main beneficiaries of the Process - Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine. The Workshop focused on identifying issues/topics of interest for future co-operation within the Söderköping process and considered ideas for joint actions at the operational level.
One of the main focuses of the Workshop was the transfer of experience in transposing EU standards on reception and detention, of which the main points of reference were 'Council Directive Laying down Minimum Standards for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (Council Directive)' presented by Ms. Vesna Ljungquist, Policy Officer, European Commission and ‘European Commission and EU standards on detention of illegal migrants: state of play and points of reference (EU standards on detention)’ presented by Mr. Bernhard Bogensperger, Attaché, Delegation of the European Commission to Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova.
It was stressed that the Council Directive, as meant to be transposed in EU Member States, serves as minimum standards aimed at avoiding secondary movements of asylum seekers between Member States for reasons relating to differences in reception conditions while ensuring a certain quality of reception conditions.
While EU standards concerning the detention of immigration detainees have yet to be codified, the participants of the Workshop were presented with the sources of law, based on which standards of detention in the EU are implemented. The case law of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and the recommendations of Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) was analysed in the course of the Workshop, as the most generally harmonized standards from which EU standards on detention are derived.
In the course of the Workshop, the participants were presented with various models of implementation of EU standards on reception and on detention, including implementation in Sweden and Austria, as well as Latvia, Lithuania, Romania.
In presenting the ‘Implementation of EU standards on detention in Austria’, Mr. Rudolf Klugmaier, Attaché, Police Liaison Officer, Embassy of Austria in Ukraine, stressed two ‘Pillars’ on which standards on detention are premised:
- i). reconstructable and comprehensive actions at every stage in fulfillment of legal regulations with best possible economic use of resources and
- ii). protection and respect of human rights/individual dignity and obtaining of freedom of movement and leasure.
In the course of the Workshop, representatives of Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova, each contributed with an account of their normative and procedural systems dealing with reception and detention, and elaborated the specific issues of concern that need to be addressed. Based on the outcome of the First Thematic Workshop, and other thematic workshops to follow, the Secretariat will develop and disseminate a training CD including all materials of both workshops. The minutes and presentations of the First Thematic Workshop are expected to be available online at www.soderkoping.org.ua by May, 2005
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List of Participants