FRONTEX has been training RABITS in Romania. The Rapid Border Intervention Teams (RABITS for short) are made up of specialists… in surveillance, or spotting falsified documents and illegal immigrants for instance.

Fifty officers from 23 European Union member states have been taking part in a 10-day exercise at a point on the EU’s external border, where Romania touches Moldova.

The officer in charge said: “We’ve succeeded in reducing cross-border crime, but illegal immigration is still a battle, along with car theft and other smuggling.”

The aim of the exercise is to encourage multinational cooperation. The RABITS could be deployed in emergencies anywhere on the EU’s external borders, through the bloc’s agency FRONTEX. To play its part, as one of the newest member states, Romania has received significant EU funds and logistical support.