2022 marks the 20 years of the DCAF Border Security Programme, a significant milestone in DCAF’s history of supporting the development and work of law enforcement institutions in the Western Balkan region. In celebration of the anniversary, DCAF Ljubljana organised a high-level strategic event on border security in the Western Balkans, and brought together the WB Border Security Services’ representatives, as well as international agencies and organisations working in the area of border security in the WB Region.
On the 20 and 21 April 2022, DCAF Border Security Programme (BSP) organised a meeting of Heads of Border Police Services in the WB Region. The meeting, which was organised in celebration of the 20-year anniversary of the Programme, provided an opportunity for a discussion on the progress achieved in the Region following the turmoil period of the 90s, to highlight success stories and good practices, to promote the activities of the BSP, to address the current challenges related to Border Security and regional cross-border police cooperation, as well as future challenges and opportunities. In addition to the BSP Beneficiaries, the meeting was also attended by representatives of Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia, PCC SEE Secretariat, Frontex, Europol, Joint Coordination Platform, CEPOL, Interpol, SELEC, MARRI RC, OSCE Mission to Skopje, GIZ, and the Police attaché of Switzerland.
The meeting was complemented with a live public broadcast session on the 20th of April, during which the representatives of Frontex, Europol, Joint Coordination Platform and DCAF Ljubljana (Andrej Rupnik) shared their views on the progress achieved in the area of border security in the past 20 years, the current challenges, lessons learnt and future opportunities.
The broadcast can be viewed via this link https://youtu.be/0jA1PAe2Ct4.