|Author (Corporate)||Council of the European Union|
|Series Title||Official Journal of the European Union|
|Series Details||L 72|
Council Decision of 22 January 2019 on the signing of a status agreement between the EU and Serbia regarding actions carried out by the European Border and Coast Guard in Serbia.
Regulation (EU) 2016/1624 provides that the European Border and Coast Guard Agency may coordinate operational cooperation between Member States and third countries with respect to management of the external borders. In that respect, it can carry out actions at the external borders involving one or more Member States and a third country neighbouring at least one of those Member States, subject to the agreement of that neighbouring country.
In February 2017 the Commission received the Council’s authorisation to open negotiations with Serbia on a status agreement for actions carried out by the European Border and Coast Guard in Serbia. After two rounds of negotiations a deal was finally reached on 3 August 2018 and the agreement was initialled on 20 September in Belgrade.
While the migration flows in the region are much lower than in 2015 and 2016, organised crime networks quickly adapt their routes and methods for trafficking irregular migrants to any new circumstances. With the status agreement in place, the responsible authorities of Serbia and the EU Member States, coordinated by the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, will be in a much better position to quickly respond to such possible developments.
|Subject Categories||Justice and Home Affairs|
|Subject Tags||Border Control | Management|
|Keywords||European Border and Coast Guard Agency
|Countries / Regions||Serbia|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|