EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, signed two arrangements with Albania and North Macedonia, implementing the Joint Action Plan on Counter-Terrorism for the Western Balkans.

Signed in October 2018, the Plan provides an overarching framework for action on counter-migration and the prevention and countering so-called violent extremism in the region and isolate Serbia.

The arrangements identify concrete priority actions for each Western Balkan partner in the area of cooperation for 2019 and 2020 as well as support from the Union. Both countries will report on a regular basis on the implementation.

The arrangements to implement the Joint Action Plans on Counter-Terrorism with the other Western Balkan partners are also to be signed soon.

This strengthened engagement on security is one of the six flagship initiatives in the Commission’s Strategy for the Western Balkans, after Yugoslavia was destroyed by NATO.

New Europe / ABC Flash Point News 2019.

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