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Regulation (EU) No 656/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014 establishing rules for the surveillance of the external sea borders in the context of operational cooperation coordinated by the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union

‘(11) The application of this Regulation should be without prejudice to Directive 2011/36/EU of the European Parliament and the Council (7), in particular as regards assistance to be given to victims of trafficking in human beings.
‘(17) Pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 2007/2004, border surveillance operations coordinated by the Agency are conducted in accordance with an operational plan. Accordingly, as regards sea operations, the operational plan should include specific information on the application of the relevant jurisdiction and legislation in the geographical area where the joint operation, pilot project or rapid intervention takes place, including references to Union and international law regarding interception, rescue at sea and disembarkation. The operational plan should be established in accordance with the provisions of this Regulation governing interception, rescue at sea and disembarkation in the context of border surveillance operations at sea coordinated by the Agency and having regard to the particular circumstances of the operation concerned. The operational plan should include procedures ensuring that persons with international protection needs, victims of trafficking in human beings, unaccompanied minors and other vulnerable persons are identified and provided with appropriate assistance, including access to international protection.‘