We are happy to announce the release of the new issue of the Prague Process Quarterly Review covering various developments, events and activities of the third quarter of 2020.
In the EU, the third quarter of 2020 started with Germany taking over the EU Council Presidency and ended with the release of the EU’s New Pact on Migration and Asylum. In its role of acting Presidency, Germany joined the Strategic Group of the Prague Process and will host the upcoming Prague Process Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) on 16 November, which will take place remotely this year. Lithuania, the current Chair of the Process, attended the annual meeting of the “Inter-State consultation mechanisms on migration”. After two years, it will hand over its chairmanship to the Czech Republic during the upcoming SOM. The Prague Process Secretariat meanwhile continued its webinar series in line with the Contingency Plan, which the Prague Process Strategic Group recently decided to extend.
Across the Prague Process region, many countries adopted new laws on simplified visa procedures and other legislative amendments to facilitate safe travel, stay and work. Along with state efforts to apply new security-related technologies and protect their citizens from the deadly virus, criminal networks have also employed technology to smuggle and traffic human beings. The impact of COVID-19 on these developments should be duly accounted for.
This issue of the Quarterly Review will touch upon most of these regional developments, as well as propose some interesting reading recommendations, including the newest publications of the Prague Process Migration Observatory.
To see all issues please go to the section "Quarterly Review" under News & Events.