Budapest, 2-3 June 2014: Hungary, as the lead partner of the project ‛Support to the Silk Routes Partnership for Migration under the Budapest Process’, hosted the kick-off conference for the project from 2 to 3 June at the Ministry of Interior in Budapest. The three-year flagship project under the Budapest Process umbrella is funded by the European Union, co-funded by Bulgaria, Hungary, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey, and implemented by ICMPD.
The purpose of the conference was to raise awareness and confirm support for the ‘Silk Routes Partnership project’ among all Budapest Process participating countries.
Furthermore, it provided a forum to discuss the project work plan, modules and thematic areas, as well as to report on the finished project activities in the Silk Routes region. The partner countries of the project also signed a memorandum of understanding to reconfirm their commitment and close cooperation in the framework of this project.
In conjunction with the kick-off conference, the 14th Meeting of the Budapest Process Working Group on the South East European Region took place from 3 to 4 June. The meeting gathered the countries of the Budapest Process to discuss current activities being implemented by authorities and international organisations in the region in order to link them with other ongoing actions in the Silk Routes countries and thereby enhance inter-regional cooperation.
A proposal for a Silk Routes Partnership cooperation framework for the South East European region was presented to the participating countries, and discussed and revised in the plenum. This cooperation framework shall support the implementation of the Istanbul Ministerial Declaration on a Silk Routes Partnership for Migration.