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Project News: FReM II Closing Conference hosted by BAMF in Nuremberg

23 October 2018

On 23rd October 2018 the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) hosted the Closing Conference of the Forced-Return Monitoring (FReM II) project in Nuremberg, Germany. The conference was co-organised by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex). It gathered stakeholders from forced-return monitoring bodies and return enforcing institutions in Member States and Schengen Associated Countries. Also present were representatives from Frontex, the Frontex Consultative Forum, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and ICMPD.

The conference served the purpose of presenting the final outcomes of the FReM II project. During its implementation period from September 2016 until October 2018, FReM II supported Member States to further implement Article 8(6) of the EU Return Directive, requiring them to provide for ‘effective forced-return monitoring systems’. Furthermore, the project supported Frontex in implementing Article 29 of the European Border and Coast Guard (EBCG) Regulation that requires Frontex to ‘constitute a pool of forced-return monitors’ and MSs to contribute to this Pool.

During various practical demonstrations, participants were provided with an interactive insight into selected FReM II key outputs. They participated in a training session from the course for forced-return monitors; in a session from the training of trainers for forced-return monitors; and in an information session on the current functioning of the pool of forced-return monitors.

FReM II was implemented by ICMPD in co-operation with the 15 partner states: Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Sweden and Switzerland, and in close coordination with Frontex, and FRA. It was co-funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) of the European Union.

Download agenda of the closing conference here.

More information on FReM II can be found here.