Migration and Home Affairs

European Border and Coast Guard: agreement on operational cooperation reached with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Today, European Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos and Oliver Spasovski, Minister of Interior of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, initialled a status agreement that will allow teams from the European Border and Coast Guard Agency to be deployed in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Once in force, the agreement will allow the Agency to carry out joint operations with and within the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, especially in the event of sudden migratory challenges.

The Commission has committed to further strengthening the European Border and Coast Guard Agency's role in protecting the EU's borders, including closer cooperation with the EU's neighbours. Status agreements like the one initialled today with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia will reinforce the Agency's ability to act in the EU's immediate neighbourhood, helping to manage irregular migration better and further enhancing security at the EU's external borders.

Closer cooperation between the Agency and Western Balkan partners is also a core element of the Commission's strategy for 'A credible enlargement perspective for and enhanced EU engagement with the Western Balkans', which highlights the Western Balkans' European future and calls for enhanced strategic and operational cooperation on migration and border management.


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