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Europol launches its 2nd office outside the EU in Albania

Tirana leads the way to Europol presence in the W.Balkans

11 July, 21:08
(ANSA) - BRUSSELS 11 JULY - Europol opened today in Tirana it’s second liaison bureau outside the EU. The first one was opened in Washington. The General Director of the Albanian Police, Ardi Veliu, EU Ambassador to Albania, Luigi Soreca, and Europol Executive Director, Catherine De Bolle attendend the opening. Albania is the first country in the Western Balkans to host a Europol liaison office. Two other Europol’s liaison offices are planned to be opened in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. Europol signed an operational agreement with Albania in December 2013. Throughout these years, the Albanian authorities have been making a conscious effort to tackle serious organised crime, and exchanging information with the EU has been increased. The aim of Europol's presence in Tirana is to enhance even further cooperation against drug trafficking, migrant smuggling, trafficking in human beings, arms trafficking and terrorism.(ANSA).

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