Projects

Prague Process: Dialogue, Analyses and Trainings in Action (PP DATA)

Objective: The “Prague Process: Dialogue, Analyses and Training in Action (PP DATA)” initiative was launched as strand C of the Mobility Partnership Facility 2 for a period of 36 months. The work will build on the results and achievements of previous actions, will continue the senior and expert level dialogue, and will aim at implementing the Bratislava Declaration, in particular focusing on establishing of the Migration Observatory and the Training Academy.

The overall objective of PP DATA is to sustain and further enhance the established cooperation in the area of migration and asylum between the countries of the European Union, the Schengen Area, the Eastern Partnership, the Western Balkans, Central Asia, Russia and Turkey, through targeted support for the implementation of the priorities set in the Prague Process Action Plan 2012–2016 and in the Declaration endorsed by Ministers during their Conference in Bratislava on 19-20 September 2016.

Specific Objectives:

  • To ensure continued senior- and expert-level dialogue and targeted information exchange among states participating in the Prague Process, in line with the Prague Process Action Plan and Bratislava Ministerial Declaration;
  • To establish, maintain and continuously improve the Migration Observatory (MO), hosted by ICMPD. Building on the Prague Process Knowledge base concept and combining state and academic expertise, the MO will produce analytical outputs on the thematic areas of the Prague Process Action Plan. All results will be developed and published in English and Russian. The MO shall serve as a laboratory for generating new project and cooperation ideas for the Prague Process and MPF purposes.
  • To establish, maintain and continuously improve the Training Academy (TA), hosted by ICMPD. The TA will develop training materials and conduct trainings based on accumulated best practices and guidelines. All results, training materials and e-learning tools will be published in English and Russian. The TA shall serve as a laboratory for generating new project and cooperation ideas for the Prague Process and MPF purposes. 

Implementing Agency:International Centre for Migration Policy Development

DonorsEuropean Commission, Directorate General for Migration and Home Affairs (DG HOME)

Duration1 January 2018 – 31 December 2020

CountriesAlbania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo*, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Moldova, Romania, the Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and Uzbekistan.

Project Manager: Alexander Maleev

Website: Prague Process Website 

Downloads: Full project description (PDF)

 

Prague Process Transition Phase (PP TP)

Overall Objective: to pave the way for the future implementation of the Bratislava Ministerial Declaration of 2016 and prepare the new concept of work while building upon the achievements of the Prague Process Targeted Initiative (2012-2017), Polish Prague Process Support (POPPS)  (2011-2012), Building Migration Partnerships (BMP) Transitional (2011-2012), BMP (2009-2011) and Support to the i-Map East (2008-2011). 

Specific Objective 1: to ensure continued senior- and expert-level dialogue and targeted information exchange among states participating in the Prague Process, on the topics identified in the Prague Process Action Plan and in line with the Bratislava Ministerial Declaration.

Specific Objective 2: to develop and submit proposal/s of new project(s) that will facilitate the implementation of the Bratislava Ministerial Declaration.

The target groups of the Project are senior officials, practitioners and experts from ministries and migration authorities of participating countries.

 

Results

Specific Objective 1 – Senior- and Expert-level Dialogue (September – December 2017):

The Senior Officials Meeting organised on 12 December 2017 ensured continuation of the policy dialogue among the participating states and their joint guidance of the Prague Process. The SOM thus allowed to reach an agreement on the future implementation structure of the Prague Process, following the end of the Polish leadership, and on the main objectives, activities and work plan for 2018 - 2021;
The established network of NCPs was actively used to increase the knowledge sharing and cooperation between the Prague Process states. The NCP list was updated through a query to all participating states. 
A new issue of the Prague Process Quarterly Review was prepared and dispatched to the NCPs and other relevant actors and authorities, informing them about all relevant developments, activities and expected follow-up initiatives.

Specific Objective 2 – Preparations of the new concept of cooperation (July – December 2017):
ICMPD, being the Prague Process Secretariat, in cooperation with the newly established Strategic Group of the Process, identified the topics, methods, structures and activities for the future implementation of the Prague Process. As a result, the concept for the initiative “Prague Process: Data, Analyses and Training in Action” (PP DATA) was developed. In order to streamline the various instruments for the implementation of the GAMM, it was decided for the Prague Process to represent one of the MPF II components.

Implementing Agency: ICMPD 

Donor: European Union (EC, DG HOME), Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland (in-kind contribution)

Leading body: Prague Process Strategic Group consisting of Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Hungary

Duration: July 2017 – December 2017

 

Prague Process Targeted Initiative (PP TI)

On 2 August 2012, the Ministry of Interior and Administration of the Republic of Poland and the European Commission signed a contract for implementation of the project “Support for the Implementation of the Prague Process and Its Action Plan”, better known as the Prague Process Targeted Initiative (PP TI).

The overall objective of the project was to enhance cooperation in the area of migration and asylum between the countries of the European Union, the Schengen Area, the Eastern Partnership, the Western Balkans and Central Asia, as well as Russia and Turkey, through supporting the implementation of the Prague Process and its Action Plan 2012–2016. 

Specific Objectives:

To ensure continued expert-level dialogue and targeted information exchange among states participating in the Prague Process, on the topics identified in the Prague Process Action Plan;

To maintain, update and/or further improve the BMP knowledge base, through the gathering of information in the form of Migration Profiles (Light) for countries participating in the Prague Process; 

To implement, following the rationale of the Global Approach to Migration and Mobility and the Prague Process Action Plan, seven concrete initiatives (Pilot Projects), in the following areas:

 
  • Preventing and fighting illegal migration;
  • Promoting readmission, voluntary return and sustainable reintegration; 
  • Addressing legal migration and mobility with a special emphasis on labour migration; 
  • Making migration and mobility positive forces for development; 
  • Strengthening capacities in the areas of asylum and international protection. 

The continuous cooperation between the Prague Process National Contact Points and organisation of expert-level thematic meetings strengthened the dialogue and information exchange between the participating states. The Knowledge Base, consisting mainly of migration profiles (light) participating states was expanded significantly. 

The implementation of seven Pilot Projects in the above-mentioned areas represented another important result of the PP TI. The first four Pilot Projects were implemented in the period 2012 – 2014, whereas the Addendum signed in December 2013 allowed for development of three new Pilot Projects further implemented in 2014 - 2015. Activities undertaken within the Pilot Projects were coordinated with the work of the Eastern Partnership Panel for Migration and Asylum. The Pilot projects resulted in the elaboration of sic thematic Handbooks. 

With the endorsement of the Joint Declaration during the 3rd Prague Process Ministerial Conference in Bratislava on 20 September 2016, the PP states extended the political mandate of the PP to the period 2017-2021. 

The project initially foreseen for three years was eventually extended to 59 months until 30 June 2017. The PP TI was officially concluded at a Closing Ceremony at DG DEVCO in Brussels on 13 June 2017.

Implementing Agency: ICMPD 

Donor: European Union (EC, DG DEVCO)

Leading State: Poland

Pilot Projects’ Leading States:  Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden

Duration: August 2012–June 2017

 

BMP Transitional

Objective: The project "The Prague Process: Continuation of the Building Migration Partnerships Dialogue” (BMP2)" maintained and updated the BMP knowledge base, finalised the text of the Prague Process Action Plan for the implementation of the BMP Joint Declaration from 20122016 and prepared the document for its endorsement at the Second Prague Process Ministerial Conference in Poznan, Poland on 34 November 2011. Through targeted funding, the European Commission provided the financial means for the implementation of the Prague Process Action Plan from 20122014.

Implementing Agency: ICMPD

Donors and Lead States: Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia

Duration: July 2011July 2012

 

 

BMP Initiative

Objective: The objective of the project “Building Migration Partnerships - A platform for applying the Global Approach to Migration to the Eastern and South-Eastern Regions Neighbouring the European Union” (BMP1)  was to gather the information necessary for the implementation of the Joint Declaration.

Summary: The BMP knowledge base gathers information in the form of a set of Extended Migration Profiles, which are based on the template prepared by the European Commission. The interactive online map – BMP i-Map – was developed to ensure access to the available information for all Prague Process/BMP participating states at www.imap-migration.org, under the section “Building Migration Partnerships”. The knowledge base was prepared through a set of high-level introductory missions and expert missions, as well as workshops and senior officials´ meetings, which served as the decisive body in BMP.

Implementing Agency: ICMPD

Lead Agencies: The Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic, together with the ministries of interiors of Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia

Donor: European Union (European Commission)

Duration: May 2009June 2011