The status agreement with Albania was the first in a series of similar agreements signed between the Agency and Balkan countries, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and northern Macedonia. The Frontex status agreements concluded so far closely follow the Commission`s model agreement. In addition to joint actions and emergency operations on border security issues in the framework of operational cooperation at the external borders, they also include return operations in that country. The status agreements follow the rather minimalist approach of the operational plan contained in the Commission`s model agreement, since, unlike the Frontex Regulation, some important aspects are not explicitly included in the binding elements of the plan (e.g. .
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