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 EU launches border operation in Mediterranean

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February 5, 2018

EU launches border operation in Mediterranean

Frontex launches a new operation in the Central Mediterranean in order to help Italy in border control activities, the agency’s website informs.

The new Joint Operation Themis was launched on February 1, and it replaces the operation Triton, which was launched in 2014. 

“Operation Themis will continue to include search and rescue as a crucial component. At the same time, the new operation will have an enhanced law enforcement focus. Its operational area will span the Central Mediterranean Sea from waters covering flows from Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Turkey and Albania,” the statement says. 

Frontex will also help Italy to track the criminal activity, like drug smuggling across the Adriatic. 

“The security component of Operation Themis will include collection of intelligence and other steps aimed at detecting foreign fighters and other terrorist threats at the external borders,” the agency states. 

Within the frameworks of Operation Themis, Frontex continues its presence in the hotspots in Italy, where the agency’s officers are going to help the national authorities in registering migrants, including taking their fingerprints and confirming their nationalities. 

Last year, Frontex helped to rescue 38,000 persons during the sea operations in Italy, Greece and Spain.