UK-EU: Operation "Mos Maiorum": News flash
Statewatch can confirm that the UK is taking part in Joint Operation "Mos Maiorum".
This is said to involve the exchange of information by the Border Force but there is no information as yet on the involvement of other agencies such as police action around the country.
The UK took part in Joint Operation PERKUNAS in 2013: Final report on operation PERKUNAS (LIMITE doc no: 16045-13, pdf): "The largest proportion (48,89%) of interceptions was reported by Italy, with 4,800 intercepted irregular migrants. The second (15,36%) and third (7,89%) largest proportions of interceptions were reported by Germany (1,606 intercepted irregular migrants) and the United Kingdom (825 intercepted irregular migrants) respectively."
and in 2012: Joint Police Operation Aphrodite - final report (LIMITE doc no:6224-13, pdf) Interception of "irregular migrants": "Germany 1,510, United. Kingdom 728, Spain 468, Austria 387, Poland 365 and Switzerland 249 [emphasis added]
There was some confusion as the line coming out of EU institutions was that the Operation was the responsibility of the Italian Council Presidency when it is an operation that was planned by a Working Party of the Council of the European Union (EU governments and their officials) - the current Council Presidency simply has the job of being the spokesperson. It was also presented as a Schengen operation with the presumption that the UK was not part of it. The UK is not part of the immigration and asylum wing of Schengen but it is part of the policing and criminal law aspects - and this operation falls under the latter heading.
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