Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Under its regional approach, ICMPD focuses on strengthening its portfolio within the region. A special emphasis is placed on mobility partnerships with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Moldova.

 

The Regional Coordination Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (RCO EECA) was established in April 2017 and is currently located in Vienna. The RCO covers Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan, and coordinates the work of the Prague Process. It oversees three field offices in the South Caucasus, the sub-regional BOMCA office for Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan, and ICMPD Representatives present in Georgia and Moldova. The offices in Chisinau, Tbilisi and, as of the ratification by the President of the Republic of Armenia in September 2017, also in Yerevan, enjoy a diplomatic status granted through seat agreements with the respective Governments.

 

The first year of the regionalised approach was focused on further strengthening and broadening the ICMPD portfolio in the region, mainly oriented towards support for the implementation of the Mobility Partnerships with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Moldova, as well as exploring ways to support the migration authorities of Belarus. In Central Asia, RCO EECA closely coordinates with the Border Management and Security Programme of ICMPD. In the whole region, the RCO looks for synergies with ICMPD Global Programmes (MIEUX, MICIC, MPF). Areas of mutual interest with its migration and border authorities are being identified.