Italy and Serbia: on April 27, the Italian Minister of the Interior, Luciana Lamorgese, met by videoconference with the Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Serbia, Aleksandar Vulin, in order to intensify collaboration between the two countries. At the center of the discussion was the excellent collaboration between the police forces of Italy and Serbia, the issue of migratory flows along the so-called “Balkan route” and the fight against crime and international drug trafficking.

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Meeting between the Italian Minister of the Interior, Luciana Lamorgese and the Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Serbia, Aleksandar Vulin

Talking about the issue of cooperation in the fight against illegal migration, Minister Vulin stressed that Serbia has always fully respected the human rights of migrants, as demonstrated by the fact that migrants present in Serbian territory have been vaccinated against Covid-19 and proposed to hold in Serbia, in collaboration with the UNHCR, a joint conference on migration management, open to third countries. The Serbian Minister of the Interior then recalled the success of the recent actions of the police in dismantling organized criminal groups involved in human trafficking.

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Speech by Minister Lamorgese during the meeting with her Serbian counterpart

Ministers Lamorgese and Vulin said that the excellent cooperation in fighting organized crime, drug trafficking and human beings will be perpetuated and improved for the benefit of the citizens of both countries. Of central importance is the exchange of information and operational data between the police forces of Italy and Serbia. Lamorgese expressed her satisfaction on cooperation efforts against international drug trafficking, as the negotiation phase of an agreement aimed at strengthening investigative activities has now come to an end.

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Meeting to intensify collaboration between Italy and Serbia

The two Ministers also discussed the possibilities for further development of cooperation, through the signing of agreements on fight against drug trafficking and the mutual recognition of driving licenses. The idea of joint training courses dedicated to police officers was also taken into consideration.

In confirming Italy’s commitment to Serbia’s accession to the European Union, Minister Lamorgese then stressed to her Serbian interlocutor the desire to intensify and develop cooperation between the two ministries in the Internal Affairs sector. Finally, the two ministers expressed the desire to meet soon in Belgrade or Rome, when the situation will allow it.