Enhancing cooperation among the Prague Process states

"Prague Process - Building Migration Partnerships In Action" Ministerial Conference

The 2nd Ministerial Conference The Prague Process - Building Migration Partnerships in Action, hosted by the Polish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, took place in Poznan on 4 November 2011. The conference gathered Ministers and high-level representatives with ministerial mandate of 47 countries, the European Commission, General Secretariat of the EU Council, European Training Foundation, Europol, Frontex, ICMPD, ILO, IOM, MARRI and UNHCR.

The Conference started with welcoming speeches by Poland, the Czech Republic and the European Commission. While the Czech Republic reverted to the history of the Prague Process and the Building Migration Partnerships initiative, Poland and the European Commission underlined the importance of the Prague Process future. The European Commission has marked the Prague Process as a priority targeted migration dialogue process with wider geographical scope and the key regional framework for the dialogue under the Global Approach to Migration and Mobility towards the Eastern and South-Eastern neighbourhood of the European Union. After six thematic sessions following the Action Plan structure, the Prague Process Action Plan 2012-2016 was unanimously endorsed by all participants.

The Action Plan 2012 – 2016 has brought to the list of the main principles of the Prague Process the sixth topic – the strengthening capacities in the area of asylum and international protection. The adoption of the “Prague Process Action Plan for 2012–2016”, which covers the six afore-mentioned thematic areas, was the main outcome of the Poznan conference.