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          • Year: 2013
          • Integrated Border Management, Best Practices and Applicability – The Case of Kosovo and Albania

          • This policy brief is a product of "The Security Research Forum: Belgrade-Pristina-Tirana", joint project of three independent think tanks – Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP), Kosovar Center for Security Studies (KCSS) and Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM).

        • Policy brief intends to examine the Integrated Border Management situation in Kosovo, looking at good practice with particular focus on the ‘one stop shop’ at a Kosovo-Albania border crossing point (Vermicë/Morinë), which by agreement between the two governments (Albania and Kosovo) operates in a unique manner.

          Its methodology aims to decrease queues of travelers, especially during the flux of holiday travelers to Albania and during the flux of Kosovar diaspora visits to Kosovo. This practice works on the basis of border checking on only one side of the border (usually the country receiving the individuals or goods) and also mutual exchange of information. In short, this practice has been very creative in aiming to more effectively avoid queues and manage borders. With this policy brief, we intend to examine these practices from a functional perspective and determine whether it is appropriate to apply similar arrangements at other borders (e.g. Kosovo-Serbia) and what practical implications would follow such an arrangement.

          The Security Research Forum is a joint project of three independent think tanks from Belgrade (BCSP), Pristina (KCSS) and Tirana (IDM) specialized in research of security issues. The Security Research Forum is meant to foster balanced debate among think-tank community, academia, public policy and media in order to provide research-based alternative solutions to ongoing challenges of cooperation among Serbia, Kosovo and Albania.

        • Tags: Security Research Forum, border management, Kosovo, Albania, Serbia
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