The European Union (EU) and Montenegro signed a Frontex cooperation agreement.
At a ceremony held in Brussels, the agreement was signed on behalf of the EU Council by Swedish Minister of Justice Gunnar Strömmer, EU Commission member responsible for internal affairs Ylva Johansson and Montenegrin Minister of Interior Filip Adzic.
The agreement aims to increase security at the EU’s external borders, as well as to combat irregular migration.
The EU, which has a Frontex officer at Montenegro’s border with the EU, with a similar agreement that entered into force on 1 July 2020, will be able to deploy Frontex border guards at Montenegro’s borders with non-EU countries with the new agreement signed today.
500 employees of Frontex work in the region
The Balkan country Montenegro has borders with EU member Croatia, as well as non-EU member Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Albania and Kosovo.
According to the information given by the EU Commission, Frontex currently employs around 500 employees in the region. These officials are working in the region as part of joint operations at the EU’s external borders with Albania, North Macedonia and Serbia, as well as with Montenegro under the previous agreement.
The new agreement will enter into force on 1 July 2023, after ratification by the European Parliament and the EU Council, which consists of EU member states, as well as the completion of the ratification process in Montenegro. From this date, Frontex will be able to assign additional personnel in Montenegro.