The European Union and Albania have concluded an agreement, the February 12, which will allow the European police to operate in Albanian territory to manage immigration-related issues. According to Brussels, this initiative should be a model for the other countries of the Western Balkans.
The pact was signed by the EU commissioner for immigration, Dimitris Avramopoulos, and by the Albanian Minister of the Interior, Fatmir Xhafaj and must be approved by the other Member States.
"Albania is the pioneer of the region and the agreement will serve as a model for similar solutions that we are discussing with the other Balkan states", explained Avramopoulos, adding that greater cooperation between Tirana and the Coast Guard Agency will allow the implementation of a more effective and flexible response to respond to the migration challenges.
Currently, the Commission is negotiating similar pacts with Serbia and Macedonia. On the other hand, Xhafaj said that the agreement will give the Albanian police the opportunity to be trained to provide benefits to the country.
Reuters reports that, since the Balkan area became one of the main migratory stretches to Europe, European officials have paid particular attention to the area, so that, on 18 March 2016, the 28 EU Member States signed a pact with Turkey with the aim of stopping migrants before entering Europe, beyond the Aegean, and sending back those unfit to receive the right to asylum. The implementation of the plan led to the closure of the Balkan route and the intensification of the fight against the activity of human traffickers.
The agreement between the EU and Albania was signed a few days after the announcement by the Commission of wanting to open the doors of the Union to six Balkan countries, such as Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, if they implement the required reforms.
The first accessions should take place in the 2025, with the aim of renewing the EU in view of the exit of the United Kingdom, established for March 2019.
For years, Brussels has been evaluating the entry of the six Balkan countries in question, even if there are still many doubts about the costs of the future enlargement to the east, and above all about the slowness of regional political and economic reforms.
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