Launch of the "Joint Operation Serbia - Land 2021"


Letter from executive director Fabrice Leggeri to the President of the European Parliament and Chair of the LIBE Committee, notifying of the launch of the Joint Operation on 16 June 2021.

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See: "Launch of the 'Joint Operation Serbia - Land 2021'" (pdf)


"The aim is to provide technical and operational assistance to Serbia by coordinating operational activities at the land borders of Serbia with Bulgaria. The joint operation also aims to tackle cross-border crime originating from the Western Balkan region towards the EU, as well as to control illegal immigration flows and to enhance European cooperation on border guard functions and law enforcement activities.

"Upon Serbia’s request, the scope of operations will gradually increase in the months following the launch of the joint operation. In this regard, the first deployment to the operational area will involve 42 officers. In due course, and in line with the operational needs, it is envisaged that the number of deployments will increase to up to 87 officers.

"The standing corps category 1 officers cannot exercise executive powers in Serbia in line with the provisions of the Status Agreement concluded between the EU and Serbia. This means that category 1 officers will consequently not be included in deployments as part of this joint operation."

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