In the framework of PAMECA IV Work Plan aiming to assist Albanian Authorities in further aligning the Albanian Border Security System to the 2006 Council conclusions on Integrated Border Management Strategy, PAMECA LTE on IBM contributed to the dedicated training sessions of basic training activities for 4 days out of one month basic training designated for the participants. This activity is designated to be delivered for the newly and recently recruited personnel of Albanian Border Police, and it was convened in the Security Academy. In this framework, the activity was actively attended by 19 border police officers. A representative of FRONTEX, respectively Deputy Executive Director, Mr. Berndt Koerner, attended this workshop and delivered specific curricula during one day and a half of training activity.

PAMECA IV LTE/IBM presented the history of EU and Schengen Institutions, with a special focus on the institutional framework, and their respective bodies. A detailed description of the establishment and historical background of EU & Schengen institutions was developed by the LTE on IMB. Considerable attention was given to Schengen Information System (SIS) that is a governmental database used by European countries (MS). Its main purpose is to maintain and disseminate information about individuals and given entities.

The Deputy Executive Director of FRONTEX, Mr. Berndt Koerner, was the lecturer of this basic training as well. His training session mostly focused on FRONTEX general overview, the main tasks and objectives of this organization, its historical background and its future perspective. The main mission of European Border and Coast Guard Agency, otherwise FRONTEX, is to promote, coordinate and develop European border management in line with the EU fundamental rights charter and the concept of Integrated Border Management. Some of the other tasks of FRONTEX, include: monitoring migratory flows; monitoring the management of the external borders; coordinating and organising joint operations and rapid border interventions to assist Member assisting Member States in coordinating and organising return operations.

Techniques of interviewing travelers and conducting border checks were elaborated in a dedicated session considering the importance and necessity of conducting proper, detailed and comprehensive interviews. Traveling and interviewing of minors, when not accompanied by adults, was another sensitive topic that was carefully covered by the representative of FRONTEX, in the framework of FRONTEX priorities, trafficking of human beings, a phenomena that is being extensively widespread recently.

Professional and interactive technical discussion took place throughout the basic training.

March 23, 2017 / PAMECA IV News