Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, recently co-led an international operation against organised cross border crime in the Western Balkans.

The four-day operation was led by Spain and co-led by Frontex, Europol, Germany, Bulgaria, and a number of agencies and international organisations, including Interpol and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. The mission’s goal was to crack down on the trafficking of firearms and drugs, illegal migration, and document fraud. The operation was successful in that it uncovered 14 separate cases of visa fraud or misuse.

Frontex performed controls at border crossing points, border surveillance activities, and helped officers determine whether the documents that they were checking were, in fact, genuine.

The operation was coordinated under the umbrella of the European Multidisciplinary Platform against Criminal Threats as part of the EU Policy Cycle, a four-year plan for the fight against serious and organised crime. The results and the intelligence gathered will help with most future investigations.