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Danish plane to monitor EU’s external borders in the Mediterranean

10.01.2017  15:27

Denmark is again sending a Challenger jet to help in the monitoring of maritime traffic in the Central Mediterranean and to support search and rescue operations at sea. The air patrol will support Operation Triton, which works at securing the EU’s external borders in the Mediterranean.

''Picture: The Danish Defence.

“It is an important political priority for the EU to secure its external borders effectively, which is why I am very satisfied that Denmark is once again able to provide aircraft for Frontex’s important work in securing the EU’s external borders in the Central Mediterranean. Our jet contributes to a high priority task at a time when the pressure from migrants and refugees in the Mediterranean is high,” says Minister for Foreign Affairs Anders Samuelsen.

The plane will be deployed for 31 days, starting on 10 January 2017, upon request from the EU's border agency Frontex. Denmark has already delivered similar air patrols on two occasions in 2015 for the Frontex-coordinated Joint Operation Triton, which is tasked with strengthening controls at the EU’s external borders south of Italy and Malta in the Central Mediterranean. The operation was launched in November 2014 to strengthen border control and surveillance at Europe’s external borders.

You can read more about Operation Triton on Frontex’s website:

For further information contact the Press Advisor for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lars Peter Levy on tel. +45 41904124.