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Brdo Process Ministerial Meeting- »3rd IISG Board Meeting« hosted by Minister Spasovski reaffirms strong support to IISG

On 26th February, the 3rd IISG Board Meeting took place in Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia. It was hosted by the Minister of Interior of the Republic of North Macedonia Mr Oliver Spasovski and held under the auspices of the Brdo Process framework, chaired by the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Slovenia.

The 3rd IISG Board Meeting was chaired by Mr Maciej Popowski, Deputy Director-General for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) and brought together ministers of the interior/security of the IISG Beneficiaries, Brdo Process Members, and high representatives of IISG Partners (EU Member States, EU institutions and agencies, UN organisations and members of the international community).

Ministers discussed current developments in the IISG process and concrete results so far achieved in the three IISG Pillars (WBCTi, WBCSCi, and WBBSi), as presented by the Lead Partners. Mr Boštjan Poklukar, Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Slovenia (Co-Lead Partner in WBCTi) presented the achievements of 2018, incl. the work of the operational CTI Network and the newly established Regional Network of P-CVE National Coordinators (RNNC) established by the EU and the IISG Support Group in mid-2017. The Minister placed an emphasis on the current central endeavor of the WBCTi, supported by the European Commission under the auspices of the IPAII2016 project “Support to P-CVE in the Western Balkans”, i.e. the development of a joint model concept for further efficient reform and capacity-building in the area of P-CVE in the Western Balkans, which continues to coordinate the European Commission, IISG and other relevant donors present in the region. The Minister stressed that the model concept represents an example of how the IISG serves as a tool for identifying either a duplication or a gap in the policies and approaches of donors and propose a solution – in this case, to move towards a comprehensive P-CVE solution in each Beneficiaries in a coordinated and efficient way.

The results of the second pillar (WBCSCi) were presented by Mr. Ottavio Bottecchia, Head of the PCC SEE Secretariat, Co-Lead Partner, acknowledging the achievements of the IPAII 2017 Multi-Country Action” Support to Integrative Internal Security Governance” leaders (GIZ, CILC, UNODC, Cepol, Europol, MoI Italy). Participants were also familiarised with the IISG ongoing efforts to align the EU-WB engagement in the area of the EU Policy Cycle in the Fight Against Serious Crime, and the ideas of further aligning regional cooperation structures under WBCSCi.

Mr. Anton Travner, Director of DCAF Ljubljana, Co-Lead Partner in the third pillar (WBBSi), presented the results of the common operations implemented in 2018, supported by IPAII2017, and presented the “IISG Response Plan 2018-2019” as a good example of IISG solution that can provide an aligned and rational, efficient operational response to the occurring concrete security challenges in the region. . The Response Plan provides concrete and feasible actions, aligned via IISG, which will have a direct and tangible impact on the situation on the ground in the field of illegal smuggling of migrants, based on the real needs of the IISG beneficiaries and the key donors/IISG Partners’ ability to respond to those needs”.

Participants acknowledged the recommendations and findings of the Formative In-Depth Evaluation: Western Balkans Counter-Serious Crime Initiative (WBCSCi) in the context of the Integrative Internal Security Governance (IISG) mechanism including the European Union action “Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA II/2017) produced by the UNODC Independent Evaluation Unit, which took place during 2018. The main findings and recommendations presented by Mr Arora enabled discussion among participants on the IISG future outlook, and the upcoming interim reflection phase, which is to be launched by the European Commission.

In the concluding part of the meeting, Beneficiaries endorsed the IISG Terms of Reference Interim Amendment, reaffirming the appointment of Mr Maciej Popowski as IISG Board Chair and confirming the appointment of Mr Ramiz Huremagić as the new Head of IISG Support Group. During the interim reflection period, a new IISG ToR amendment will be prepared together with the Beneficiaries, which will ensure further improvements of the IISG supporting structures, in line with our principles of regional ownership and co-ownership of the IISG-wide joint partnership.