The Salzburg Forum provides a platform for the discussion of political, strategic and operational issues
with a view to coordinating and steadily
enhancing cooperation amongst Central European national authorities in the area of internal security.
The Ministerial Conferences of the Salzburg Forum
usually take place every six months, chaired by the acting Presidency
of the Salzburg Forum. In addition to the two ministerial conferences per
year, Austria sometimes organises additional ministerial meetings – usually
during the summer – for the discussion of recent developments, challenges and joint
actions in the area of internal security. Furthermore, the Salzburg Forum Presidencies
organise ad-hoc meetings, particularly in the margins of EU Justice and Home Affairs Council
meetings. This political dialogue between the Ministers of the Salzburg Forum helps to define
common positions within the European Union and enables SF member states to actively participate
in EU decision-making. The Salzburg Forum supports EU Presidencies of the region – e.g. Austria (2006), the
Czech Republic (2009) and Hungary (2011) – in lobbying for joint initiatives. Furthermore, it promotes
bilateral, multilateral and regional initiatives within the Salzburg Forum.
In order to prepare ministerial conferences and discuss strategic objectives of the Salzburg Forum,
senior officials meet on a regular basis. These meetings usually take place in the run-up to ministerial conferences.
Furthermore, home affairs counsellors at the permanent representations of the Salzburg Forum countries to the European Union meet in
Brussels on a regular basis to discuss ongoing EU work and possible joint activities on the EU level.
On an operational level, regional cooperation within the Salzburg Forum ranges from high-level
meetings of police chiefs to meetings and workshops of experts in various fields, e.g. traffic police, DNA
data exchange, major events, document security, measures to combat drug trafficking and others. Furthermore, the
Salzburg Forum partners exchange knowledge and expertise, organise joint training programmes, joint operations, patrols
and equipment pools, and engage in joint prevention and public relations work. Several
Joint Police Cooperation Centres (bilateral and multilateral) support this operational cooperation within the Salzburg Forum.