BRATISLAVA – Serbian Deputy PM and Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic and his Slovak counterpart Robert Kalinak agreed in Bratislava on Tuesday the two countries would establish joint police patrols on the Serbian-Bulgarian border.

The move is a part of the cooperation between Slovakia and Serbia aimed at curbing illegal migration and other illicit cross-border activities, the Serbian Interior Ministry said in a statement.

Stefanovic and Kalinak signed a memorandum of understanding that will see 15 Slovak border police officers arrive in October.

The memorandum was signed as part of joint operations funded by the EU.

Stefanovic and Kalinak said the cooperation between their countries’ police forces was excellent and agreed further steps in the joint fight against corruption and crime.