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EU-Montenegro: agreement on managing external borders. Avramopoulos, “a step strengthening our cooperation with the Balkans”

Dimitris Avramopoulos e Mevludin Nuhodžić

(Brussels) A draft agreement has been signed today by the EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos and the Minister of the Interior of Montenegro Mevludin Nuhodžić: it will allow the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) to assist Montenegro in border management and carry out joint operations with Montenegro, in particular in the event of a sudden change in migratory flows. According to Commissioner Avramopoulos, it is “another step to strengthen our cooperation with Western Balkan partners when it comes to border management, migration and security”. In 2018, the Commission reinforced the mandate of Frontex to allow joint operations and deployments in countries that border the EU, subject to prior agreement of the country concerned. Today’s agreement with Montenegro is the fifth with a country in the Western Balkans, after those signed with Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The agreement, a statement from the Commission reads, will be “formally signed at a later date, after both sides complete the necessary legal procedures” and the European Parliament gives its consent.

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