Migrants disembark from Frontex ship "Protector" in the night at the port of Pozzallo, Sicily, Italy. Credit: ANSA/ Francesco Ruta
Migrants disembark from Frontex ship "Protector" in the night at the port of Pozzallo, Sicily, Italy. Credit: ANSA/ Francesco Ruta

The European Union and Albania have signed an agreement on border management. The accord reached between the Albanian Interior Ministry and EU border agency Frontex is the first signed with a third country.

The European commissioner in charge of migration, home affairs and citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, called it a ''milestone in the EU's external cooperation in border management.'' ''I hope it will pave the way for more cooperation with the entire region of the Balkans,'' said Avramopoulos, signing the accord with Austrian interior minister and the president of the EU Council, Herbert Kick, and Albanian interior minister, Fatmir Xhafaj. 


Frontex to coordinate cooperation between the EU and Albania 

The agreement will allow Frontex to coordinate the member States and Albania in border management. The agency will also be able to intervene at external borders involving one or more EU member states and Albania and this can include intervention on Albanian territory, in agreement with local authorities. 

The accord was signed on the sidelines of the summit between the EU and western Balkan countries organized in Tirana with the interior ministers of six countries in the region. The agreement now needs a green light from the European Parliament to become operational. 
 

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