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Project News: FReM III organises two events in Berlin

25 September 2019


On 17-19 September 2019 and 20 September 2019, ICMPD organised two events in Berlin, Germany in the framework of the EU funded project Forced-Return Monitoring III (FReM III).

Together with ICMPD, the Training Unit of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) organised a three day training of trainers (ToT). The objective was to train active and experienced forced-return monitors as facilitators and trainers for Frontex training activities that require expertise in fundamental rights and forced-return monitoring. The training mainly focused on teaching methods and tools. Eight participants from Austria, Belgium, The Czech Republic, Germany, Greece and Sweden trained the implementation of various sessions by applying different methodologies. In addition, two colleagues from the European Centre for Returns (ECRet) of Frontex participated in the ToT.

On 20 September 2019, the second FReM III project steering group (PSG) took place. During this meeting, the focal points from the project partner countries and organisations took stock of activities implemented since the launch of the FReM III project and coordinated upcoming events. The meeting also facilitated the exchange of information on other relevant projects and activities among partner countries and organisations. The meeting gathered thirty representatives from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, The Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland as well as representatives from the Fundamental Rights Office (FRO) and the Training Unit of Frontex, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and ICMPD.

FReM III contributes to a functioning EU Return System in line with the EU Return Directive (2008/115/EC) with two specific objectives namely, to further establish the pool of forced-return monitors in line with the European Border and Coast Guard Regulation 2016/1624 (EBCG), and to further strengthen national forced-return monitoring systems in Member States. The project runs for 30 months from December 2018 until 31 May 2021 with participation of 22 partner countries. ICMPD manages and implements the FReM III project in close cooperation with Frontex and FRA. The Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) of the European Union and the partner countries co-fund the project.

For further information, please visit the FReM webpage.

Agenda training of trainers

Agenda PSG meeting