The Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama, said that the arrival of the FRONTEX officers to patrol the border together with the Albanian forces is a contribution of Albania to Europe’s security.
As for the illegal immigration, the Prime Minister quoted Brussels’ figures and said that it is dropping dramatically. In 2018, 27% less Albanians have crossed the border than in 2017.
“Thanks to the cooperation with some member countires, who faced this problem, immigration has been minimized at insignificant numbers”, Rama said.
Albania is the first country in the region that is offering such an initiative with FRONTEX. The EU Commissioner for Migration and Internal Matters, Dimitris Avramopoulos, considered this a historic milestone.
Top Channel asked Commissioner Avramopoulos about how realistic are the concerns of the Dutch Parliament for wanting to bring back the visa regime to Albania.
“We don’t comment what is decided by member countries, but the Commission has not received any request for banning the visa. If it may happen in the future, we will make a careful analyze and see if such an action should be taken or not, based on the procedures and specific circumstances”, Avramopoulos declared.