Prague Process

Type: Regional consultative process on migration (region covered: Europe)

Established 2009

Objectives
The objectives of the Prague Process are to generally strengthen cooperation in migration management, and specifically to explore and develop agreed-upon principles and elements for close migration partnerships between the participating countries.

Current Focus

  • Initiated under the Czech presidency of the EU through the endorsement of the “Building Migration Partnerships” joint declaration;
  • Proceeds through Action Plans endorsed through regular Ministerial Conferences and annual Senior Officials Meetings;
  • Focuses on asylum, legal migration, irregular migration and migration and development; and
  • Supports the EU’s Global Approach to Migration and Mobility.

Members
Members States (50 States)

Albania
Armenia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Georgia
Germany
Greece
. Hungary
Ireland
Italy
Kazakhstan
Kosovo (UNSCR 1244/1999)
Kyrgyzstan
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Malta
Moldova
Montenegro
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russian Federation
Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Tajikistan
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Ukraine
United Kingdom
Uzbekistan
   

 

Member Organizations (1 organization)

 The European Commission.

Chairing country
Current Chair: to be announced
Past Chair: Poland (2011-2017)

Observers
None.  International or regional organizations may be invited to observer Prague Process meetings on an ad hoc basis.

Secretariat
Secretariat is termed “project support unit”, and is run by ICMPD with funding from the European Union.  In August 2012 – January 2016, Poland and six other leading states (Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Sweden) implemented the EU-funded initiative “Support for the Implementation of the Prague Process and its Action Plan”, also known as the “Prague Process Targeted Initiative” (PP TI), which supported the Prague Process Secretariat. 

Contact Information
Prague Process Secretariat
ICMPD Headquarters
Gonzagagasse 1, 5th floor, Vienna, Austria
E-mail: PragueProcess@icmpd.org
Tel: +43 1 504 4677 0

Webpage
https://www.pragueprocess.eu

Meetings
December 12, 2017, Warsaw, Poland, Senior Officials’ Meeting
September 15, 2017, Prague, Czech Republic, Meeting of the Prague Process Strategic Group
April 24-26, 2017, Prague, Czech Republic, Workshop on irregular migration
June 13, 2017, Brussels, Belgium, Closing Ceremony of the Prague Process TI project.
September 20, 2016, Bratislava, Slovakia, 3rd Prague Process Ministerial Conference.
September 19, 2016, Bratislava, Slovakia, Senior Officials Meeting.
June 15-16, 2016, Cracow, Poland, Senior Officials Meeting.
May 25, 2016, Vienna, Austria, Project Steering Committee Meeting.
April 5, 2016, Warsaw, Poland, Sixth Core Group Meeting.
February 11-12, 2016, Sofia, Bulgaria, National Contact Points meeting on the Knowledge base, data collection and analysis.
December 7-8, 2015, Prague, Czech Republic, Senior Officials’ Meeting.
July 6-7, 2015, Budapest, Hungary, Senior Officials’ Meeting.
February 12-13, 2015, Lisbon, Portugal, Workshop “Applied Knowledge in a Migration Policy Dialog: data collection, exchange, and application”.
October 28-29, 2014, Berlin, Germany, Senior Officials’ Meeting.
May 6-7, 2014, Yerevan, Armenia, Pilot Project 2 (Legal Migration) and Pilot Project 3 (Migration and Development) Joint Workshop.
March 19-20, 2014, Nuremberg, Germany, Pilot Project 4 Final Conference.
February 27-28, 2013, Prague, Czech Republic, Senior Officials’ Meeting.
January 2013, Chisinau, Moldova, Expert-level Workshop on Migration Profiles.
November 20, 2012, Warsaw, Poland, Core Group Meeting.
November, 2011, Poland, Ministerial Conference.

Principal Documents
Bratislava Ministerial Declaration
Prague Process Factsheet
Discussion paper "Five years of the Prague Process: taking stock and moving forward"

More documents are available on https://www.pragueprocess.eu/en/documents