EU Commissioner for migration, home affairs and citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, signed on 9 October two arrangements with Albania and North Macedonia, implementing the Joint Action Plan on Counter-Terrorism for the Western Balkans. Signed in October 2018, the Plan provides an overarching framework for action on counter-terrorism and the prevention and countering of violent extremism in the region.

The arrangements identify concrete priority actions for each Western Balkan partner in the area of counter-terrorism cooperation for 2019 and 2020 as well as support from the Union. Both countries will report on a regular basis on the implementation.

The arrangements to implement the Joint Action Plans on Counter-Terrorism with the other Western Balkan partners are also to be signed soon.

This strengthened engagement on security is one of the six flagship initiatives in the Commission’s Strategy for the Western Balkans and answers the call of the Sofia Declaration of May 2018 for increased cooperation on countering terrorism and extremism.