The European Union and Serbia signed the agreement on cooperation in border management, the European Commission (EC) said on Wednesday, the Beta news agency reported.
The agreement deals with the cooperation between the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) and will be in force after approved by the European Parliament.
"Our cooperation with partners in the Western Balkans is crucial in securing the successful managing of our borders. Thanks to this agreement, Frontex will coordinate the operational cooperation between the EU member states and Serbia and secure support and expertise useful to everyone," Maria Ohisalo, the Finish Interior Minister said.
Dimitris Avramopulos, Commissioner for Migrations, said the agreement “is in the interest of both Serbia and the EU… we are strengthening the relationship with our partners in the Western Balkans and bring the neighbourhood closer to the EU."
The agreement aims at solving the illegal migration and cross-border crime and includes the possible technical and operational help on borders.