The Western Balkan Border Security initiative (WBBSi) is the third pillar of the IISG (Integrative Internal Security Governance) in the Western Balkans; an effort to respond to the threats to border integrity of the Western Balkan region by merging the efforts of all relevant security actors, EU and international donors of external assistance in this area of policy – in an efficient and sustainable manner. It builds upon the needs and priorities identified together with the Western Balkan countries as well as external assistance providers, aiming to achieve the highest possible level of regional ownership.


The activity of WBBSi is a conducted from the Support Group which is a technical forum where its members meet on a regular basis. The IISG Secretariat facilitates the work of the Support Group. The tasks of the support group include:  

  • Contributing to the “Biennial Needs Mapping” and the “Annual Response Mapping”. Each member of the Support Group commits to informing the Secretariat of any ongoing or future development in the area of this pillar, such as new laws and implementing decisions, strategies and action plans, actions in general;
  • Western Balkans partners also inform on their specific needs and requirements;
  • Stimulating debate and generating new ideas for increased synergies and cooperation;
  • Assisting the Secretariat in reaching out to relevant stakeholders nationally and regionally and gathering information;
  • Providing regular input to the IISG secure database.


Support Group Members


Decision making process

Accomplished Products

Products in process 


DG NEAR Directorate-General for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations 

  • The Methodology and templates on needs mapping;
  • Reports on needs mapping;
  • Methodology on response mapping;
  • Reports on response mapping; 
  • Methodology on IISG Database; 
  • Methodology on Support Group contribution and procedures; 
  • Report of analysis for the IISG database;
  • Proposal/s to the IISG Board;
  • IISG Secretariat consulting members on methodologies and products; 
  • Support Group proposing to the IISG Board the methodologies and products; 
  • IISG Board  making decisions;



  • The Methodology and templates on  mapping needs; 
  • Methodology on becoming an IISG member; 
  • The review of the relevant WB and EU documents related to the WBBSi Pillar; 
  • Working Group WBBSi Pillar Meetings; 
  • Cross-Cutting Working Group Pillar Meetings;
  • Thematic WBBSi meetings; 
  • Governing bodies in WB; 
  • Communication Strategy and Action Plan; 
  • Mapping needs report; 
  • Narrative reporting on WBBSi needs mapping;



  • Response mapping report;
  • Methodology on response mapping;
  • Methodology on IISG database; 
  • Analyzing the IISG database; 
  • Methodology on Support Group contribution and procedures;



EU Justice and Home Affairs agencies upon notification to the Board


Albania: Ministry of Interior, including relevant  bodies for Border Security


Bosnia and Herzegovina: Ministry of Security, including relevant  bodies for Border Security


Kosovo*: Ministry of Interior; including relevant  bodies for Border Security:


Montenegro: Ministry of Interior; including relevant  bodies for Border Security;


North Macedonia: Ministry of Interior; including relevant  bodies for Border Security;


Serbia: Ministry of Interior; including relevant  bodies for Border Security;


RCC / Regional Cooperation Council – Political Department 


Austria – Ministry of Interior


Slovenia – Ministry of Interior


UNODC – United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime


PCC SEE – Police Cooperation Convention for Southeast Europe


DCAF – Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance


France – Regional Security Coordinator for the WB 


Italy – Ministry of Interior


United Kingdom – Regional Security Coordinator for the WB


OSCE – Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Mission to Bosnia and Hercegovina


GIZ – German Corporation for International Cooperation – Sarajevo Regional Office

NB: The information related to WBBSi pillar is updated every three months.

* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.


WBBSi Events & Activities