Commissioner Avramopoulos in Albania for the launch of the first European Border and Coast Guard operation in a non-EU country
Tomorrow, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos will be in Tirana, Albania, to participate in the launch of the first joint operation of the European Border and Coast Guard on the territory of a non-EU neighbouring country. This will be the first operation of its kind, marking a new phase for border cooperation between the EU and Western Balkan partners. The joint deployments of the European Border and Coast Guard teams and Albanian border guards will start on 22 May at the Albanian-Greek border. Commissioner Avramopoulos will deliver his speech alongside the Executive Director of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency Fabrice Leggeri, Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama and Minister of Interior of Albania Sandėr Lleshaj, who will then jointly review the staff and equipment to be deployed at the Albanian-Greek border. A joint press conference will take place at 11:45 and will be available to follow live on EbS. The negotiations on a Status Agreement on border cooperation between the European Border and Coast Guard and Albania started in December 2017. The Agreement was concluded on 5 October 2018 and entered into force on 1 May 2019, becoming the first agreement of its kind with a neighbouring non-EU country and an EU partner from the Western Balkans and the EU.