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Commission offers €6 million for private expertise on irregular migration, smuggling and biometric population registers in Africa
30.1.17
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The European Commission last week (25 January) published a contract notice offering up to €6 million for four years of work including research and analysis to inform EU policy-making on irregular migration; helping develop "awareness raising campaigns" targeted at non-EU nationals; and to draw up "needs assessments in priority third countries of origin and transit," including the development of "action plans in the area of population data collection, notably civil reigstries and biometric databases" in African countries.

See: European Commission, Tender specifications: Framework Contract for Technical and support services (TSS) in the field of Irregular migration and Legal migration (pdf)

Further documentation: Framework Contract for Technical and support services (TSS) in the field of Irregular migration and Legal migration (European Commission, link) and: Contract notice (TED, link)

The procurement of private consultancy services is nothing new in EU policy-making, but the publication of the tender can be seen as a further step towards putting the current policies - in particular the European Agenda on Migration (May 2016, pdf) into practice.

As the "tender specifications" say:

"The main aim of the framework contract is to provide consultancy and technical support services on matters related to the prevention and addressing of irregular migration (lot 1) and legal migration (lot 2), in order to support the effective implementation of the relevant components of the European Agenda on Migration and related policies and activities undertaken by the European Commission."

The work on irregular migration sets out seven main tasks for the contractor:

Activity 1.1 – Carrying out analytical work, knowledge gathering activities and studies in the area of irregular migration in order to allow for better informed decision-making and policy-development, these activities could include gathering primary data through fieldwork in third countries

Activity 1.2 – Carry out analytical work in order to tailor and develop information and awareness raising campaigns on risks of irregular migration, migrant smuggling and legal migration channels to reach communities in key third countries of origin and transit (either directly or through engaging diaspora communities within the EU)

Activity 1.3.1 – Preparing needs assessments in priority third countries of origin and transit to allow for the elaboration and/or strengthening of national and regional strategies and policies to prevent and counter irregular migration and migrant smuggling

Activity 1.3.2 - Preparing needs assessments and feasibility assessments in priority third countries of origin of irregular migration in the area of population data collection, notably on civil registries and biometric databases.

Activity 1.4 – Providing consultancy support to the European Commission for preparatory work to allow capacity building projects on irregular migration, notably on aspects related to readmission and migrant smuggling in third countries based on needs assessments

Activity 1.5 - provide consultancy and data processing services to the European Commission in the context of legislative revisions falling within the policy area of irregular migration and return; and provide consultancy services to the European Commission for events organised related to irregular migration, migrant smuggling and return within the EU and in third countries e.g. EU cooperation platforms

Activity 1.6 - provide consultancy services in the domain of addressing the needs of particularly vulnerable groups of irregular migrants both within and outside the EU

Activity 1.7 - to provide support in effectively disseminating information and outcomes of consultancy work to the relevant stakeholders and target groups, both within and outside the European Union as identified by the European Commission. This can include both designing the dissemination strategy and where relevant carrying out the dissemination activities themselves

"Lot 2" offers a further €3 million for "consultancy and technical support services in the area of legal migration and integration," focusing on "awareness raising campaigns on availability of legal migration channels in key third countries" and work to "follow up and complement the actions set out in the Commission's Action Plan on the integration of third-country nationals."

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