Frontex starts talks on a working arrangement with authorities in Kosovo*


Frontex Deputy Executive Director Berndt Körner met with Kosovo’s Minister of Internal Affairs Skender Hyseni on Wednesday to launch negotiations on a working arrangement between the agency and Kosovar authorities.

Such an arrangement would establish cooperation in areas including information exchange, risk analysis, training and joint operations.

“We received a green light from the Frontex Management Board to go ahead with these negotiations. The events of last year have clearly shown the importance of cooperation in the field of border management with the authorities in the Western Balkans,” said Körner.

“Kosovo is certainly an important partner for us. We have made very good progress in our discussions and we are looking forward to establishing enhanced working-relations with Kosovo already in the near future,” he added.

Frontex has 17 working arrangements in place with the competent authorities of countries outside the EU. These take into account the mutual interests of each partner country individually, with an emphasis on gradual development of sustainable partnerships.

*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.