Guidelines for the Exchange of Border Security Personnel in
South East Europe
- States participating in the Southeast Europe Security Cooperation
Steering Group (SEEGROUP) agree that in countering the threats to security
and development in Southeast Europe a concerted effort is needed, based
on the existing environment of confidence among countries of the region.
As one step towards addressing these challenges, the SEEGROUP considered
the possibilities to improve border security.
- The SEEGROUP note that cooperative regional approaches to issues
facing Southeast Europe have shown good results in the past and that
participants are willing to continue and further emphasize regional
- Following up the SEECAP endorsed by Foreign Ministers on 29 May 2001,
as well as the recommendation by the North Atlantic Council in the framework
of NATO's Southeast Europe Initiative to exchange staff as a further
confidence building measure, the SEEGROUP believe that the exchange
of personnel can be beneficial for the improvement of border security.
- In that context, States participating in the SEEGROUP agree to begin,
as a matter of priority and as soon as possible, the exchange of liaison
officials at border checkpoints and at headquarters. Other possible
forms of border security personnel exchanges would be considered as
well. The arrangements for specific voluntary exchanges should be made
as deemed appropriate between interested countries in accordance with
their specific requirements.
- The SEESTAFF should aim to achieve concrete results in fighting against
non-conventional threats, such as organized crime, terrorism, illegal
immigration and trafficking of human beings, arms, narcotics and other
illicit materials. Its specific contributions could be primarily to
facilitate common action, liaison and coordination, exchange of information
and expertise, as well as building further confidence in the region.
- With the aim to benefit from training opportunities existing in the
PfP framework, the SEEGROUP encourage the Directors of PfP Training
Centres to develop, as a matter of priority, a common curriculum to
provide basic training to exchange personnel at PfP Training Centres.
- Information on actual staff exchanges and the joint training curriculum
will be provided to the SEEGROUP and, for transparency, to EAPC, SEECP
and SEDM, Stability Pact as well as to other appropriate fora.
- These guidelines and progress in SEESTAFF exchanges will be reviewed
at senior level, at the latest, following one year of implementation.
- Based on the principles in these Framework Guidelines, the SEEGROUP
also encourage willing States to proceed to exchanges of personnel in
other fields, including among their Foreign and Defence Ministries.