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13 December 2016, 16:19

CEI and IOM formalize cooperation on the issue of migration

SARAJEVO, 13 December (BelTA - FENA) - The Central European Initiative (CEI) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have signed today in Sarajevo an Agreement on Cooperation.

The Agreement was signed at the Central European Initiative Summit in Sarajevo by the CEI Secretary General Giovanni Caracciolo di Vetri and the IOM Senior Regional Advisor for Europe Pasquale Lupoli.

After the signing, Mr. Di Vetri said that the CEI, thanks to the initiative of the Government of Italy, had achieved good cooperation with the IOM, which has recently been fully integrated into the UN.

He stressed that the CEI was extremely encouraged by the signing of this agreement since the IOM has significant experience on the issue of migrations faced by many CEI members.

Mr. Lupoli said it was particularly important that the two organizations will be able to exchange experiences, which will create a synergy that will give good results.

He added that the migrant crisis of 2015 had highlighted the need for cooperation and sharing responsibilities.

Mr. Lupoli said he was confident that the cooperation between the CEI and the IOM will be useful for the Member States, but also for migrant and refugee population.

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