On 28 June-8 July, Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, led an international operation against serious and organised cross-border crime in Central and South Eastern Europe.
The operation, known as Joint Action Day (JAD) Danube 4 focused on combatting the smuggling of migrants and document fraud. It was co-led by Austria, where a coordination centre was put in place to support the exchange of intelligence among the participants. Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia also took part in the action. EU agencies and international organisations, such as Europol and Interpol provided the opportunity for real-time operational information exchange between the countries.
Within less than two weeks, the international cooperation led to:
- Arrest of 26 suspected people smugglers
- Detection of 2 760 irregular migrants
- Detection of 92 fraudulent documents
- Seizure of EUR 403 850 in smuggled cash
- Seizure of 200 000 cigarettes
- Detection of three firearms and 88 pieces of ammunition.