Europol opens in Tirana its 2nd office outside the EU

Europol opened on Thursday in Tirana it’s second liaison bureau outside the EU. The first one is in Washington. “This is an important step in establishing a strong partnership and trust between the Member States and the Western Balkans”, Catherine De Bolle, Executive Director of Europol, said at the opening ceremony (pictured).

“We need to align efforts to jointly tackle common challenges and cross-border threats”, she added. The aim of Europol's presence in the Albanian capital is to enhance even further cooperation against trafficking of drugs, migrants, human beings and arms, as also in anti-terrorism.

The Tirana office is the first of three planned Europol liaison offices in the Western Balkans, the two others will be in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia.


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