Joint Action Days Against Cross-Border Crime
A weeklong operation took place at the end of June 2023, involving 12 EU and EU-associated countries in Central and South-Eastern Europe, Frontex, Eurojust, Europol and INTERPOL. The international operation led to the arrests of 108 people smugglers. It was conducted by Frontex standing corps officers, along with customs officials, border guards, and police officers from the participating countries. The focus was on combatting the smuggling of migrants, fighting trafficking in human beings, and on document fraud. During the operation, 65 million border checks were performed, 115 false documents detected, and 25 stolen vehicles seized.
The operation was part of the European Multidisciplinary Platform Against Criminal Threats (EMPACT) - a recurring four-year cycle to identify, prioritise, and address threats posed by organised and serious international crime.