Capacity Building of Border Police of Croatia and Bosnia on Implementation of Joint Patrols
This project worth USD 182,667 is a result of a request from the Governments of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia to assist in strengthening capacities of Border police of both countries to implement the bilateral Agreement on Surveillance of the State Border and the associated Protocol on joint patrols.
The project was implemented by IOM Zagreb and IOM Sarajevo in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior of Croatia and Ministry of Security of BiH and lasted from 1 January - 30 September 2009.
The project concept is part of a wider assistance package to the border police of Bosnia and Hezegovina and Croatia, based on the Bilateral Agreement on Cooperation in Surveillance of the State Border and the associated Protocol on implementation of joint patrols signed by both countries.
Through a series of joint trainings for border police of both countries along the shared border the project enhanced skills and knowledge of operational staff who will perform joint patrols and thus ensure implementation of the Protocol and thereby reduce risks of irregular migration and illegal activities.
Ultimately, the project contributed to enhanced security of the Bosnian/Croatian border which will become the future external border of the EU.
The project was funded through the Global Opportunities Fund released through the British Embassy in Zagreb.