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Project News: FReM III Project Organises Two Events in Cyprus

16 May 2019

On 9-10 May 2019 and 13-14 May 2019 ICMPD organised, jointly with the Office of the Commissioner for Administration and the Protection of Human Rights of Cyprus (Ombudsman Office), two events in Nicosia, Cyprus. They took place in the framework of the EU funded project Forced-Return Monitoring III (FReM III).

The National Training on Escorted Return Operations and Forced-Return Monitoring Mechanisms on 9-10 May 2019 targeted representatives of the national monitoring body and the return enforcing institution in Cyprus. The objective was to equip participants with the knowledge on the relevant aspects related to the implementation of escorted return operations and monitoring their implementation in accordance with Article 8(6) of the Return Directive (2008/115/EC). The training focused on both the national procedures as well as procedures applicable in the framework of Frontex coordinated return operations. It was implemented by trainers from Cyprus, Greece and Portugal as well as representatives of the Frontex Fundamental Rights Office and the European Centre for Returns. 

The Workshop on the Elaboration of a Training Concept on Fundamental Rights and Forced-Return Monitoring for National Escorts on 13-14 May 2019 aimed to agree on a standard training concept and tools for the training on fundamental rights and forced-return monitoring for national escorts. The workshop gathered representatives from Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Greece, and Romania. In addition, representatives of the Frontex Fundamental Rights Office and the Training Unit participated in the workshop. The training concept – once finalised – will be presented to escort trainers from Member States during a Training of Trainers later this year. 

The FReM III project supports Member States in building up and strengthening their national forced-return monitoring systems. The system in Cyprus was established by the Ombudsman in June 2018 and since January 2019 the mechanism is able to monitor forced-return operations. In order to further build up their capacities, the Ombudsman Office of Cyprus requested support by the project in form of a national training. 

Forced-return operations have to be conducted in a humane manner, respectful of the dignity of the persons being returned and in full compliance with fundamental rights as enshrined in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and applicable international human rights law. FReM III supports the development of a standard fundamental rights training concept for escorts in Member States that shall ultimately contribute to the further harmonisation of the fundamental rights training of escorts on the national level. 


More information about FReM III can be found here.