HR EMN PRES Conference
With the participation of Mr. Ničeno, Head of the Border Police Directorate from Croatian Ministry of the Interior and Mr. Luchner, Director of the Strategy and General Affairs Directorate, European Commission as keynote speakers and distinguished speakers from European institutions, international organizations, police services and renowned universities, the conference gave an opportunity to discuss the challenges of irregular migration and the fight against migrant smuggling, taking into consideration the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Emphasis was placed on the fight against migrant smuggling with reference to the situation of irregular migration on Eastern Mediterranean and Western Balkans route as well as the humanitarian dimension of the COVID-19 impact on irregular migration. Moreover, the obligation to respect human rights in migration management was in the core of discussions mentioning the recent judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), as well as presenting practical guidelines for the implementation of state border control, while respecting fundamental rights.
One of the most important key messages was that migration will not disappear in the future and will continue to be present and will, therefore, remain a top priority in the EU agenda. We should strive to achieve migration management that is sustainable and predictable while respecting fundamental rights and core values on which the European Union is founded. Cooperation between the Member States, but also with third countries, especially our Western Balkan partners should be continued and enhanced.
To protect fundamental rights, national legal systems must fully incorporate the requirements and safeguards deriving from EU law, the ECHR, as well as international human rights and refugee law. The conference also fostered discussion on recent judgments of the ECHR and the CJEU and provided an opportunity for the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights to officially present a practical guidance for border-management staff in European Union Member States who work at the operational level. It aims to support them in the implementation of the fundamental rights safeguards of the Schengen Borders Code (Regulation (EU) No. 2016/399) and related EU law instruments in their daily work when carrying out controls at external land borders.
Agenda, FRA Practical guidance, presentations made during the conference and reports can be found under Documents.
- FRA-2020-SBC-guidance.pdf (201kb)
- EMN HR Presidency e-conference agenda.pdf (421kb)
- EMN conference 2020_ICRC.pdf (872kb)
- CROATIAN EMN PRESIDENCY CONFERENCE Smuggling of migrants - Croatian Experiences (3).pptx (24795kb)
- FRA practical guidance on SBC_EMN conf.pptx (769kb)
- What is the connection between the Greek-Turkish border situation final_Iris Goldner Lang EMN conference 24062020.pdf (1710kb)
- PRESS RELEASE HR EMN PRES conference_EN.pdf (265kb)
- Overview of migrattion pressure in the E.Med and WB v2 (003).pdf (721kb)
- EMN_HR_Presidency_Report_FINAL.pdf (96kb)
- HR EMN PRES CONFERENCE leaflet FINAL.pdf (778kb)