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Special Coordinator
of the Stability Pact for
South Eastern Europe
Rue Wiertz, 50
B-1050 Brussels
Phone: +32 (2) 401 87 00
Fax: +32 (2) 401 87 12

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Migration, Asylum, Refugees Return

TASK FORCE STATUS: From 2000 as 2 separate initiatives,

until 2004 when merged into one single initiative - still active

The Stability Pact aims to support the management of population movement (asylum, legal and illegal migration, displacement) in South Eastern Europe. In particular irregular population movements and unresolved displacement issues remain among the critical factors creating instability within South Eastern Europe. The Stability Pact priorities are in line with the EU integration process for the region and focus on:

  • Asylum: The Stability Pact supports developing and harmonizing legislation, status determination procedures, and reception of asylum seekers to meet European and international standards. To reach these goals regional cooperation is key in particular regarding capacity building, training and information exchange.
  • Migration in and from South Eastern Europe is becoming more complex and multi-directional, with increasing interaction between the different dimensions - humanitarian, economic, social and labour. The Stability Pact supports the development of regional partnership arrangements to better manage the different aspects of migration in the region, while promoting harmonization with EU standards.
  • Border Management: Integrated Border Management plays a vital role in combating irregular migration, trafficking in human beings, trafficking in drugs and arms and smuggling of merchandise. For more information please see Ohrid Process on Border Management and Security (
  • Free Movement of Persons: Following the Thessaloniki Agenda, the Stability Pact aims to achieve full visa freedom for citizens for travel between the Western Balkan countries. Furthermore the Stability Pact promotes, in line with EU requirements, the reduction of travel restrictions within SEE.
  • Return/Settlement of Refugees and Displaced Persons: The Stability Pact promotes durable solutions for refugees and displacement issues in the Western Balkan countries. Supporting those who choose to return remains the primary objective through the promotion of conditions enabling sustainable returns to take place. These efforts are complemented with support for those who do not choose to return and seek to integrate elsewhere in the Western Balkans, with a particular focus on non-discriminatory access to basic services and the realization of social and human rights, supported by data exchange.


The Migration, Asylum, Refugees Regional Initiative (MARRI)

The Migration, Asylum, Refugees Regional Initiative (MARRI) is  the result of a merger between the former Regional Return Initiative (RRI) and the Migration and Asylum Initiative (MAI)

Since July 2004 the initiative is under regional ownership as part of the South-East European Cooperation Process. The MARRI Initiative is governed by its participating states, Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, who meet twice a year at the MARRI Regional Forum.

The MARRI Regional Centre in Skopje was opened in September 2004 to serve as a Secretariat to the MARRI Regional Forum and to implement MARRI program activities. It consists of  staff members from each of the MARRI Member States, and is headed by Mrs Alenka Prvinsek. Since May 2006, it  was granted the legal status of an international organisation  by the government of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia . Bosnia and Herzegovina currently holds the Presidency of the Regional Forum, until the MARRI Ministerial Regional Forum to be held in Sarajevo in April 200 7.

MARRI is enhancing regional cooperation, which was identified in the Thessaloniki Agenda as a principle of the highest importance in efforts by SEE countries   to move closer to the European Union. The objective of MARRI is to enhance state and human security and initiate, facilitate and coordinate developments in the fields of asylum, migration, visa, border management and sustainability of return meeting  international and European standards.

The Stability Pact Working Table III assists the MARRI Regional Centre in providing   policy advise and in its work with European and other  international partners by ensuring MARRI's visibility and disseminating adequate information to potential partners and donors. 

For further information,

please Contact:

Regional Cooperation Council

Trg Bosne i Hercegovine 1 / V
71000 Sarajevo
Bosna i Hercegovina
Phone                  +387 33 561 700        
Fax +387 33 561 701




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