Frontex to expand in the Balkans, German government praises mission at Albanian-Greek border

The operation of the European Border Protection Agency contributes by “supporting the Albanian authorities in their work on border protection, as well as the application of EU standards in this regard,” reads the response of the German government to the request filed by the  “LEFT” party parliamentary group, reports the “dpa” news agency. Currently, at the Albanian-Greek border, 66 border troops have been deployed from 12 EU member states, among them 11 German police officers. Frontex forces help Albanian guards to control the “green border line”, and prevent cross-border criminality. They are positioned at five border crossings. This is the first mission in a non-EU member state, where members of Frontex also receive sovereignty powers. In the first half of this year, according to IOM data, 1210 new migrants were registered in Albania. Last year 3399 people entered this country. In 2017, the migrants ‘number in Albania was 752; their number has been increased significantly. Frontex’s mission will be expanded to other Balkan countries as well. Meanwhile, according to the data of the German Interior Ministry, the respective agreements with Serbia, North Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina are “in the final negotiation phase” .

/Klara Ruci/

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