Interior Minister of Serbia Nebojsa Stefanovic | PHOTO/ARCHIVE/EPA/JANOS MARJAI
Interior Minister of Serbia Nebojsa Stefanovic | PHOTO/ARCHIVE/EPA/JANOS MARJAI

Serbia and Italy are looking to strengthen their collaboration in border management and migration flows, as emerged during a meeting between representatives of the two countries in Belgrade.

The strengthening of collaboration between Italy and Serbia on migration, border management and anti-human trafficking was the focus of a meeting between a delegation of Italian interior and foreign ministry representatives, accompanied by Italian ambassador Carlo Lo Cascio, on Wednesday in the Serbian capital with Serbian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic. 

Serbia willing to collaborate 

Minister Stefanovic underscored that Serbia is willing to be ''part of a shared European decision on the migration issue'', and to work together with Italian leaders in fighting against the illegal trafficking of human beings. Serbia, the minister added, is also interested in ''an exchange of important information between the police forces of the two countries'' in relation to the challenges and issues linked to the migrant crisis. 

Italy recognizes professionalism of Serbia 

Luigi Vignali, head of the migration policies directorate for the Italian foreign ministry, underscored the high level of professionalism shown by the Serbian interior ministry during the migration crisis. He added that Serbia is one of the most important strategic partners of Italy. 

Massimo Bontempi, head of the border police directorate at the interior ministry, said that there is room for intensification of collaboration between Italian and Serbian border police, especially as concerns anti-human trafficking and the counterfeiting of passports and ID documents. Bontemp underscored at the same time the importance of joint training in order to improve the skills of border police. 

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