OSCE Trains Border Management Professionals in Bratislava

OSCE Trains Border Management Professionals in Bratislava

5.9.2019 | Predsedníctvo Slovenska v OBSE

On Wednesday (September 4, 2019), a three-day advanced training for border management professionals ended. It was held from 2 - 4 September, in Bratislava. Its key theme was the linking of the administration and reform of the security sector (SSG/R) and border management. The event was organised by the Secretariat of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the OSCE Border Management Staff College in Dushanbe. It was hosted by the Slovak chairmanship of the OSCE.


It was the first advanced course with the participation of 22 international experts who are BMSC graduates. During the three days, the participants of the course received training in the significance of quality and democratic administration of the security sector for the strengthening of regional security and the development of free, safe and legal cross-border movement of persons, goods, services and investments.


“In the past years, the OSCE chairmanships and the participating states themselves recognized the importance of the SSG/R, and today it is an integral part of the comprehensive approach to the organisation of security. An efficient and professional border management is extraordinarily important. It contributes to regional cooperation, security and economic development. The support of activities in this area is one of the priorities of the Slovak chairmanship in the OSCE,” stated Head of the Task Force for the Slovak OSCE Chairmanship.


The course which was held in Bratislava has a chance to become the beginning of a regular cycle of events. “This specialized advanced course which interlinks the SSG/R approach with the security border management would, naturally, constitute a follow-up on the BMSC experiences, and it would also distinguish our staff college from other providers of assistance in Central Asia,” said in this regard Jonathan Holland, BMSC Director.


The three-day event took place as part of a SSG/R project funded outside the budget with contributions made by Austria, Germany, Norway, Slovakia and Switzerland.