EU Proposes Action Plan for Cooperation with Western Balkans to Address Illegal Migration | Beta Briefing

EU Proposes Action Plan for Cooperation with Western Balkans to Address Illegal Migration

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News / Politics | 05.12.22 | access_time 14:46

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The European Commission proposed on Dec. 5 an Action Plan on Cooperation with the Western Balkans to address the challenges of illegal migration together.

The proposal was published a day ahead of the EU-Western Balkans Summit in Tirana, and three days before a conference of EU justice and interior ministers supposed to adopt the Plan, following the adoption of the EU Action Plan on the Central Mediterranean late in November.

The Action Plan on the Western Balkans has identified 20 operational measures structured along five pillars: strengthening border management along the migrant routes, swift asylum procedures and support reception capacity,  fighting migrant smuggling, enhancing readmission cooperation and returns as well as achieving visa policy alignment.

As to reinforcing border management along the whole migration route, the Commission recalled that the EU had already concluded status agreements with Albania, Montenegro, Serbia and North Macedonia, allowing Frontex to deploy its standing corps to join operations in the region.

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