Dear European Border and Coast Guard Agency,

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting documents which contain the following information:

The non-EU countries where Frontex provided (or helped coordinate) technical and operational assistance on return-related activities for the years 2017 to 2021. This could include, for example, support in the identification procedure, equipment, or training courses and workshops on return operations, return monitors, handing over processes, etc.

Please provide the month and year, what the activity was, who participated and who organized it.

For example:
- Escort officer training in Chisinau, Moldova, March 2020, organized by Frontex. Participants: 25 Moldavian officials (20 from the Ministry of Interiors − Bureau for Migration and Asylum and 5 from General Inspectorate of Border Police)
- Workshop on the handover process of returnees in Yundum, The Gambia, January 2020, coordinated by Frontex with the support of the Netherlands and Germany. Participants: XXX Gambian officials from the Gambia Immigration Department, national police force, state intelligence service, aviation security, drug enforcement agency and airport fire and rescue service.

Thanks in advance!

Yours faithfully,
Nicole Ostrand

Agencia Europea para la gestión de la cooperación operativa en las fronteras exteriores

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Dear European Border and Coast Guard Agency,

I received a message on 15 June that my request has been forwarded to the Media and Public Relations Office. I just wanted to follow up to make sure it was passed on as I have not heard anything from the Media and Public Relations Office. Perhaps there is an email I can use to contact them to check on this? Thanks in advance.

Yours faithfully,

Nicole Ostrand

Agencia Europea para la gestión de la cooperación operativa en las fronteras exteriores

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Dear Nicole,

 

Thank you for contacting Frontex.

 

Please find the answer to your request below:

 

The non-EU countries where Frontex provided (or helped coordinate)
technical and operational assistance on return-related activities for the
years 2017 to 2021. This could include, for example, support in the
identification procedure, equipment, or training courses and workshops on
return operations, return monitors, handing over processes, etc.

Please provide the month and year, what the activity was, who participated
and who organized it.

 

For example:

- Escort officer training in Chisinau, Moldova, March 2020, organized by
Frontex. Participants: 25 Moldavian officials (20 from the Ministry of
Interiors − Bureau for Migration and Asylum and 5 from General
Inspectorate of Border Police)

- Workshop on the handover process of returnees in Yundum, The Gambia,
January 2020, coordinated by Frontex with the support of the Netherlands
and Germany. Participants: XXX Gambian officials from the Gambia
Immigration Department, national police force, state intelligence service,
aviation security, drug enforcement agency and airport fire and rescue
service.

 

Frontex support/coordination of technical and operational assistance on
return-related activities for the years 2017 to 2021.

 

 a. Support in the identification procedure, i.e identification missions
and use of video conferencing for identification (in brackets)

 

┌────┬────────────────────────┬──────────────────────────┬───────────────┐
│Year│Number of identification│Number of non-EU countries│Number of │
│ │missions │involved │interviews held│
├────┼────────────────────────┼──────────────────────────┼───────────────┤
│2017│6 │5 │126 │
├────┼────────────────────────┼──────────────────────────┼───────────────┤
│2018│8 │4 │371 │
├────┼────────────────────────┼──────────────────────────┼───────────────┤
│2019│8 │6 (1) │331 (89) │
├────┼────────────────────────┼──────────────────────────┼───────────────┤
│2020│2 │2 (1) │84 (150) │
├────┼────────────────────────┼──────────────────────────┼───────────────┤
│2021│7 │3 (1) │912 (847) │
├────┼────────────────────────┼──────────────────────────┼───────────────┤
│2022│8 │6 (1) │702 │
└────┴────────────────────────┴──────────────────────────┴───────────────┘

 

 b. Support in the field of training and Workshops:

 

• Training on advanced skills for detection of falsified documents,
two-week regional workshop, Eindhoven and Amsterdam, The Netherlands,
26.09.2016-07.10.2016, organized by Frontex. Participants:  12 Western
Balkans officials.
• National training of escorts and escort leaders in Albania, using mock
aircraft, Tirana, Albania, 04.04.2016-08.04.2016, organized by
Frontex. Participants: 31 Albania officials.
• National training of escorts and escort leaders in Serbia, using mock
aircraft, Belgrade, Serbia, 26.09.2016-30.09.2016, organized by
Frontex. Participants: 30 Serbia officials.
• Regional course in Screening and nationality Assumption, Danilovgrad,
Montenegro, 10.10.2016-14.10.2016, organized by Frontex. Participants:
12 Montenegro officials.
• Regional course in interviewing techniques, Budva, Montenegro,
07.11.2016-11.11.2016, organized by Frontex. Participants: 17
Montenegro officials.
• Training on advanced skills for detection of falsified documents. two
weeks regional workshop, Eindhoven and Amsterdam, The Netherlands,
28.11.2016-09.12.2016, organized by Frontex. Participants: 15 Western
Balkans officials.
• Translator workshop (detection of falsified documents – specialist
level) combined with Planning meeting for national trainings in the
field of detection of falsified documents (advanced level),
Danilovgrad, Montenegro, 27.02.2017-03.03.2017, organized by Frontex.
Participants: 25 Western Balkans officials.
• Dedicated regional training for national escort multipliers for the WB
States, Tirana, Albania, 15.05.2017-19.05.2017, organized by Frontex.
Participants: 16 Albania officials.
• Workshop on best practices, EU experience from Frontex coordinated
joint return operations (combined with a Coordination Meeting),
Warsaw, Poland, 31.05.2017-01.06.2017, organized by Frontex.
Participants: 18 Western Balkans officials.
• Translator Workshop for national trainings on return escorts,
Danilovgrad, Montenegro, 25.07.2017-27.07.2017, organized by Frontex.
Participants: 18 Montenegro officials.
• National training on return escorts in Serbia, Belgrade, Serbia,
07.08.2017-11.08.2017, organized by Frontex. Participants: 19 Serbia
officials, 3 Montenegro officials.
• National training on return escorts in Montenegro, Podgorica,
Montenegro, 04.09.2017-08.09.2017, organized by Frontex. Participants:
20 Montenegro officials, 4 Albanian officials.
• National training on Detection of Falsified Documents, Sarajevo,
Bosnia and Herzegovina, 02.10.2017-06.10.2017, organized by Frontex.
Participants:  20 Bosnia and Herzegovina officials.
• National Training on Detection of Falsified Documents, Tirana,
Albania, 23.10.2017-27.10.2017, organized by Frontex. Participants: 20
Albania officials.
• National Training on Detection of Falsified Documents, Pristina,
Kosovo*, 04.12.2017-08.12.2017, organized by Frontex. Participants: 20
Kosovo* officials.
• National Training on Detection of Falsified Documents, Danilovgrad,
Montenegro, 18.12.2017-22.12.2017, organized by Frontex. Participants:
19 Montenegro officials.
• National Training on Detection of Falsified Documents, Skopje, North
Macedonia, 12.02.2017-16.02.2017, organized by Frontex. Participants:
20 North Macedonia officials.
• National Training on Detection of Falsified Documents, Belgrade,
Serbia, 26.03.2018-30.03.2018, organized by Frontex. Participants: 21
Serbia officials.
• Regional Training for border guards on Screening and Assumption of
nationalities, Belgrade, Serbia, 01.10.2018-05.10.2018, organized by
Frontex. Participants: 12 Serbia officials.
• Regional Evaluation and Transposition Meeting on Detection of
Falsified Documents Training, Belgrade, Serbia, 21.06.2018, organized
by Frontex. Participants: 34 Serbia officials.
• Regional training for Forced-return Monitors, Belgrade, Serbia,
09.04.2018-12.04.2018, organized by Frontex. Participants: 3 Albania
officials, 3 Bosnia and Herzegovina officials ; 2 North Macedonia
officials, 3 Kosovo* officials, 2 Montenegro officials, 2 Serbia
officials.
• Regional Evaluation and Transposition Meeting on Return Escorts
Training, Belgrade, Serbia, 03.07.2018, organized by Frontex.
Participants: 30 Serbia officials.
• National training on return escorts in Albania, Tirana, Albania,
05.03.2018-09.03.2018, organized by Frontex. Participants: 20 Albania
officials, 3 Kosovo* officials.
• National training on return escorts for Kosovo*, Podgorica,
Montenegro, 16.04.2018-20.04.2018, organized by Frontex. Participants:
20 Montenegro officials, 3 North Macedonia.
• National training on return escorts for North Macedonia, Podgorica,
Montenegro, 07.05.2018-11.05.2018, organized by Frontex. Participants:
20 North Macedonia officials, 3 Bosnia and Herzegovina officials.
• National training on return escorts for Bosnia and Herzegovina,
Podgorica, Montenegro, 04.06.2018-08.06.2018, organized by Frontex.
Participants: 13 Bosnia and Herzegovina officials, 3 Serbia officials.
• Study visit of IPA II Beneficiaries from WB6-Polish border guard
authorities (central, regional, local level) on Polish migration
management model and best practices, Poland, 03.06.2019-06.06.2019,
organized by Frontex. Participants: 12 Western Balkans officials.
• European course for advanced profiles trainers: module I, Belgrade,
16.-20.09.2019, organized by Frontex. Participants: 22 officials from
6 Western Balkans countries and Turkey (on average 3-4 representatives
per country).
• European course for advanced profiles trainers: module II, Sarajevo,
14.-18.10.2019, organized by Frontex. Participants: 22 officials from
6 Western Balkans countries and Turkey (on average 3-4 representatives
per country).
• Regional refresher training for multipliers on detection of falsified
documents, Amsterdam, 28.10.-01.11.2019, organized by Frontex.
Participants: 1 Albania official, 4 Bosnia and Herzegovina officials,
3 Montenegro officials, 2 North Macedonia officials, 3 Serbia
officials, 3 Kosovo* officials.
• European course for advanced profiles trainers: module III, Skopje,
11.-15.11.2019, organized by Frontex. Participants: 22 officials from
6 Western Balkans countries and Turkey (on average 3-4 representatives
per country).
• Regional refresher training for national multipliers of escort
officers, Belgrade, 19.-22.11.2019, organized by Frontex.
Participants: 2 Albania officials, 3 Bosnia and Herzegovina officials,
2 Montenegro officials, 1 North Macedonia official, 2 Serbia
officials, 3 Kosovo* officials.
• European course for advanced profiles trainers: assessment week,
Warsaw, 9.-13.12.2019, organized by Frontex. Participants: 22
officials from 6 Western Balkans countries and Turkey (on average 3-4
representatives per country).
• Bosnia and Herzegovina National roll-out of screening and debriefing
training, Online, 25.-29.10.2021, organized by Frontex. Participants:
15 officials of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
• Kosovo* National roll-out of screening and debriefing training,
Online, 21.-25.06.2021, organized by Frontex. Participants: 16
officials of Kosovo*.
• Montenegro National roll-out of screening and debriefing training,
Online, 15.-21.07.2021, organized by Frontex. Participants: 14
officials of Montenegro.
• Serbia National roll-out of screening and debriefing training, Online,
27.09.-01.10.2021, organized by Frontex. Participants: 19 officials of
Serbia.
• North Macedonia National roll-out of screening and debriefing
training, Online, 22.-26.11.2021, organized by Frontex. Participants:
15 officials of North Macedonia.
• Regional training on Fundamental Rights for Border Guards, Online,
5.-9.07.2021, organized by Frontex. Participants: 3 Albania officials,
3 Bosnia and Herzegovina officials, 2 Montenegro officials, 4 North
Macedonia officials, 3 Serbia officials, 3 Kosovo* officials, 1 Turkey
official.
• Training for national multipliers on return escort officers, Belgrade,
13.-17.09.2021, organized by Frontex. Participants: 2 Albania
officials, 2 Bosnia and Herzegovina officials, 2 Montenegro officials,
2 North Macedonia officials, 3 Serbia officials, 2 Kosovo* officials,
2 Turkey officials.
• Regional training for escort leaders in return operations by air,
Belgrade, 18.-22.10.2021, organized by Frontex. Participants: 2
Albania officials, 2 Bosnia and Herzegovina officials, 2 Montenegro
officials, 2 North Macedonia officials, 2 Serbia officials, 2 Kosovo*
officials, 2 Turkey officials.
• Regional training for non-voluntary return monitors , Belgrade,
18.-22.10.2021, organized by Frontex. Participants: 2 Albania
officials, 2 Bosnia and Herzegovina officials, 2 Montenegro officials,
2 North Macedonia officials, 4 Serbia officials, 2 Kosovo* officials,
2 Turkey officials.
• Regional workshop “Operational Practices in the Field of Returns”,
Online, 14.12.2021, organized by Frontex. Participants: 5 Albania
officials, 2 Bosnia and Herzegovina officials, 2 Montenegro officials,
4 North Macedonia officials, 4 Serbia officials, 4 Kosovo* officials.
• Regional workshop “Readmission and Return Policies and Practices on
Selected Countries of Origin (Iraq)”, Online, 15.12.2021, organized by
Frontex. Participants: 5 Albania officials, 4 Bosnia and Herzegovina
officials, 1 Montenegro official, 4 North Macedonia officials, 4
Serbia officials, 4 Kosovo* officials.
• Participation of Western Balkans observers in Frontex return
operations, Online, 12.2021, organized by Frontex. Participants: 4
officials of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
• Workshop covering “Document fraud knowledge sharing -
Screening/nationality assumption - Introduction to Frontex European
Center for Returns - THB & SoM (comprehensive presentation and
delivering of handbooks)”, 25-26 September 2019 (Yerevan), organized
by Frontex. Participants: 30 Armenian officials (Migration Service,
Police Passport and Visa Department, Border Guards).
• Seminar covering the “EU Legal Framework on Returns”, 27 September
2019 (Yerevan), organized by Frontex (with the support of MS).
Participants: 30 Armenian officials (Migration Service, Police
Passport and Visa Department, Border Guards).
• Short course on “Negotiating skills “, 19-20-21 November 2019
(Chisinau), organized by Frontex (Clingendael in charge for the
training). Participants: 16 Moldovan high-level authorities (the
Moldovan Bureau for Migration and Asylum and the Moldovan Border
Police).
• Return-related training workshop, 7-19 April 2019 in Poland (Luban,
Szklarska Poreba, Warsaw). Frontex co-organised WS with Poland.  9 VNM
officers attended the WS.
• Frontex supported Poland in organisation of an inward mission of VNM
high-ranking delegation to Poland on 07-13 April 2019, with a
familiarisation visit to Frontex on 11th April 2019 being its part.
• Workshop on the handover process of returnees, January 2020, Yundum,
The Gambia, coordinated by Frontex with the support of the Netherlands
and German, 20 Gambian officials from the Gambia Immigration
Department, national police force, state intelligence service,
aviation security, drug enforcement agency and airport fire and rescue
service.
• Workshop on detection of forged documents – advanced level, 18-22
October 2021, Ketrzyn, Poland, delivered by POL BG in cooperation with
Frontex and with participation with CED experts. Aiming at enhancing
the visibility of EURLO’s work in the non-EU country, Frontex supports
Poland in capacity building activities for Uzbekistan. Advanced-level
workshop on document forgery was organised by the Polish Border Guard
in Kętrzyn for 10 UZB officials (Border Guard, MoI, Interpol office,
MFA) between 18 and 22 October with contribution from CED experts.
• Workshop on detection of falsified documents, 18-20 May 2021,
Mogadishu, SOM, organised by Frontex with SWE Police. Aiming to
enhance the performance of the EURLO in place and to explore possible
further engagement opportunities with SOM authorities, ECRET supported
a workshop on detection of falsified documents initiated by SWE. CED
also contributed via liaising with SWE for the content of the
information related to the mandate of Frontex in this field of work.
ECRet representative participated in the workshop.

 

Kind regards,

Media and Public Relations Office

 

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Dear Media and Public Relations Office,

Thank you again for this information!

I just want to confirm that my understanding of the 4 table headings are correct (in response to 'a. Support in the identification procedure, i.e identification missions and use of video conferencing for identification (in brackets)'. The formatting on this website makes it a little hard to read.

Are the four headings:
year; number of identification missions; Number of non-EU countries involved (video conferencing); Number of interviews (video conferencing for identification)

Thanks!

All the best,
Nicole Ostrand

Press, Agencia Europea para la gestión de la cooperación operativa en las fronteras exteriores

Dear Nicole,

Please find below the data extracted from the mentioned table.

Support in the identification procedure, i.e identification missions and use of video conferencing for identification (in brackets)

Year Nr. of identification missions Nr. of non-EU countries involved Nr. of interviews held
2017 6 5 126
2018 8 4 371
2019 8 6(1) 331(89)
2020 2 2(1) 84(150)
2021 7 3(1) 912(847)
2022 8 6(1) 702

Kind regards,
Media and Public Relations Office

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