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Establishing an integrated border management system (1st phase)


Turkey’s membership of the European Union means its eastern and southern borders will become the external frontier of the bloc, so the implementation and management of a comprehensive border security system is of vital importance. Turkey’s geographical location demands strong border controls. The spike in illegal border crossings in the last decade had serious ramifications not only for Turkey but also for the EU’s border management system.

The aims of the project and its core activities

This project’s aim was to support the Turkish government in taking an integrated approach to border management and to ensure the further development of high-level border management and border surveillance systems and standards, in line with the EU’s integrated border management policies and strategies.

The Ministry of Interior, Turkish National Police, Gendarmerie General Command and Coast Guard Command administered the project and were assisted by experts from EU countries.

Following an evaluation of EU best practices, model training programmes for prototype border, surveillance and control points, as well as the architecture and standards for use at them, were developed. A national action plan was adopted and endorsed by the government which foresees a single, non-military border security organisation to oversee the country’s border management.

At a practical level, blue (sea) and green (land) border surveillance control and border check practices were improved at selected locations, in accordance with EU requirements. This process also involved installing EU-standard integrated border management facilities at these border points.