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Internal Security Fund – Common Operational Partnerships to prevent and fight against migrant smuggling along migratory routes towards the EU with competent authorities of third countries – 2022

The Internal Security Fund contributes to ensuring a high level of security in the Union, in particular by preventing and combating terrorism and radicalisation, serious and organised crime, and cybercrime, as well as assisting and protecting victims of crime.

11 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Regions Worldwide

Countries eligible to the programme:

  • EU Member States
  • Non-EU countries: without any limitation as long as relevant for the call for proposals in view of the migratory routes towards the EU

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Priorities and funded actions


To support projects that enhance the prevention and fight against migrant smuggling by establishing Common Operational Partnerships (COPs) that support structured cooperation between competent law enforcement authorities, judicial authorities and other relevant services of the participating EU Member States and third countries, with the potential involvement of international organisations.


Priority 1 – Common Operational Partnerships along the main migratory routes, in particular, the Eastern Mediterranean and Western Balkans route, Silk Route and North and West Africa migratory routes

Priority 2 – Provision of targeted capacity building and on-the-job mentoring/twinning opportunities (including training, in coordination with CEPOL) for the competent authorities in third countries on detection, investigation techniques and collecting evidence for judicial proceedings in the area of migrant smuggling

Among financed actions

  • Support, guidance and sharing of best practice for establishing more effective inter-agency and / or inter-ministerial cooperation as well as improved procedures and organisational structures to encourage optimal allocation of resources, both at national and regional levels
  • Coordination and complementarity with on-going Common Operational Partnerships and assimilated projects throughout their implementation, including those that are funded through the external dimension instruments of the European Union
  • Cooperation and exchange of information between the participants of the Common Operational Partnership and the liaison officers of Member States, European Migration Liaison Officers and / or other EU Agency liaison officers (part of the European network of immigration liaison officers) in the country or region, while ensuring that Europol, Frontex and Eurojust are fully involved in the exchange and analysis of information, whenever relevant and in accordance with the applicable legal frameworks, including concerning the exchange of personal data

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals
  • Initial duration of the action: 36 months


  • Be legal entities (public bodies or, by the competent authority’s madate, a public or non-public implementing agency or body of a Member State participating in the ISF)
  • Proposals must be submitted by minimum two applicants from two different eligible countries
  • The following entities can NOT apply:
    • non-profit making entities
  • The following entities can NOT apply as coordinator:
    • legal entities established in third countries
    • international organisations
    • legal entities established in third countries can participate only as part of a consortium composed of at least two independent entities, at least one of which is established in an EU Member State
  • Total budget of the call: 11 million euro
  • Total budget of the topic “Common Operational Partnerships to prevent and fight against migrant smuggling along migratory routes towards the EU with competent authorities of third countries”: 6 million euro
  • Amount of the grant: 1 million euro
  • Co-financing rate: up to 90% of the total eligible costs

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