Hotspots have been established as an operational model to quickly and efficiently respond in locations under pressure. More than 2300 officers are deployed from the European Border and Coast Guard, the European Asylum Support Office and Europol combined, at land and at sea in Member States under pressure.
From the very first moment, our vision for the future of this important Agency was, and remains, to become in the coming years a genuine European Police Academy. Security remains a key challenge for Europe and among the number one priorities for the EU. The Security Union we are building is about building trust, sharing resources, sharing information and facing threats together.
We are here today to mark an important achievement in our cooperation with Albania. I am very pleased to be here with Minister of the Interior Sandër Lleshaj.
It is no understatement to say that both security and migration have continuously been at the top of our European and global political agendas over the past 5 years. The migration crisis coincided with several terrorist attacks on European soil. Both phenomena have put into question Europe's unity and fundamental principles.