About the initiative
The Mobility Partnership Facility (MPF) is an EU-funded initiative contributing to the Global Approach to Migration and Mobility (GAMM). The MPF aims to strengthen the European Union (EU) dialogue and cooperation on migration and mobility issues with its main partner countries in this area.
Launched in January 2016 and through its Call for Proposals, the MPF was able to fund 20 Actions involving 15 European Member States (EU MS), 8 Mobility Partnership (MP) countries and 2 countries that have signed a Common Agenda on Migration and Mobility (CAMM). Based on the success of the first phase, the project has broaden its scope in 2018 with four Pilot Projects on Legal Migration supporting innovative partnerships between Lithuania and Nigeria, Belgium and Morocco, France and Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia, as well as Spain and Morocco. The MPF has entered its third phase and will continue to position itself as a bridge builder between EU MS and partner countries.
The MPF is built around four strands:
- A Mobility Partnership (MP)/ Common Agenda on Migration and Mobility (CAMM) and other migration cooperation frameworks: Call for Proposals
- B Horizontal activities supporting MP/CAMM constituents
- C The Prague Process: Dialogue, Analysis and Training in Action
- D Legal Migration Pilot Projects: Call for Proposals
Calls for Proposals are with an open deadline
The overall strategic guidance is provided by the MPF Steering Committee (SC) chaired by DG HOME with the participation of DG NEAR, DG DEVCO and EEAS.
The MPF is funded from the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), the Internal Security Fund for Police Cooperation (ISF-Police) and the Internal Security Fund for Borders and Visa (ISF-Borders), managed by the European Commission Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs (DG HOME).
Since the launch of the project, Georgia has been involved in four MPF Actions targeting different thematic areas and involving eight EU MS:
- “HIGH FIDELITY – exercising for asylum procedures” was an Action implemented by the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences, which began in April 2017 and ran for a period of eight months. The general objective of the Action was to increase the knowledge of Georgian officials on dealing with asylum seekers and asylum procedures, through innovative and interactive training solutions. The Action’s main achievement was the development of a virtual simulation exercise adapted to various different scenarios. Along with this exercise, training sessions were organised and carried out by practitioners from Estonia and Latvia on how to gather evidence during the asylum procedure and assess the credibility of the information attained. Participants learned to apply the specific methodology of asylum evidence assessment – from gathering information, assessing documents, statements and other evidence to linking the accepted evidence to grounds for international protection;
- “Development of the capacity of dog handling services of border guarding institutions in Moldova and Georgia” was an Action implemented by the State Border Guard College of Latvia, which started in April 2017 and lasted for a period of seven months. As a result of the Action, more than 22 officials were trained on the latest methodology for selection, training and use of service dogs and four dog handling instructors followed courses provided by the State Border Guard College of Latvia;
- “Prometheus” is ongoing Action implemented by CIVIPOL of the French Ministry of the Interior, which started on November 26th 2019 and will last 13 months. Overall, the Action will strengthen the ongoing cooperation between EU member States and Georgia on the topic of irregular migration, translating the EU Action plan to decrease the irregular migration and security challenges linked to the travel of Georgian citizens to the EU on concrete operational actions.
Source: Official web site of Mobility Partnership Facility