European Border and Coast Guard launches first ever joint operation outside the EU

EPA

The Albanian Navy vessel P-123 (R) is escorted by an Italian Coast Guard patrol boat (L) after it escaped from Albania carrying civilians towards the south-eastern Italian Otranto port, this 14 March morning. More and more Albanians are trying to flee the country because of the growing tense.

European Border and Coast Guard launches first ever joint operation outside the EU


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The European Border and Coast Guard Agency, in cooperation with the Albanian authorities, is launching the first ever joint operation on the territory of a neighbouring non-EU country.
As of 22 May, teams from the Agency will be deployed together with Albanian border guards at the Greek- Albanian border to strengthen border management and enhance security at the EU’s external borders.
The European Border and Coast Guard teams will support the Albanian border guards in performing border checks at crossing points and preventing unauthorised entries. All operations and deployments at the Albanian border with Greece will be conducted in full agreement with both the Albanian and Greek authorities.
This operation marks a new phase for border cooperation between the EU and its Western Balkan partners, and is yet another step towards the full operationalization of the Agency.

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