The Budapest Group meets once a year, gathering senior officials from all participating states and organisations to discuss recent developments, to determine the main policy directions and to support the Process. In addition, expert Working Group meetings on various concrete topics are held in order to implement the adopted recommendations and conclusions, as well as to develop responses to emerging migration challenges.
The Budapest Process habitually hosts three types of meetings to support participating states sustain and develop international cooperation mechanisms and work towards concrete outcomes:
There have been five Ministerial Conferences in the history of the Budapest Process. Ministerial conferences typically mark a point of departure and shifting of strategic direction for the Budapest Process. They are a key tool in ensuring the Process’s continued relevance and flexibility by reacting to shifting international priorities.
The Budapest Group of Senior Officials meets annually or bi-annually, gathering senior officials from all Budapest Process participating states and organisations to discuss developments, to determine the main policy directions and to support the Process. The meeting of the Friends of the Chair serves as the advisory board to the Chair in all matters related to the strategic orientation of the Process. It brings together the main donor states of the Budapest Process, the leading/hosting countries for the Working Groups and the European Commission. In addition, other participating states are invited upon request.
Working Group Meetings were established in 2010 following the revision of the Budapest Process management structure in 2009. The Working Groups gather expert officials from national administrations to examine, discuss and share information or matters dealing with concrete migration challenges. They are established in response to expressed interests by participating states and reflect the main issues discussed in the Budapest Process. The current working group structure consists of:
· Working Group on South Eastern Europe
· Working Group on the Black Sea Region
· Working Group on the Silk Routes Region
Details of upcoming meetings can be found in the Meeting Calendar