EU Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM)

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Project duration

2015-2017

Budget

€16 million

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Brief Description

EUBAM works with Moldova and Ukraine to harmonise border control, customs and trade standards with those in the EU, and to improve cooperation between border and customs agencies. It also assists them to fulfil the obligations of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) with the EU, and contributes to the peaceful settlement of the Transnistrian conflict through confidence building measures and as a monitoring presence.

Objectives

  • To contribute to improvement of cross-border cooperation between border and customs agencies of Moldova and Ukraine, and further enhance the operational capacities of partner services;
  • Actively contribute to the settlement of the Transnistrian conflict through monitoring and reporting on developments at the border and technical support for the implementation of Confidence Building Measures;
  • To support the smooth implementation of border and customs related aspects of the DCFTA in Ukraine and Moldova, and to support the effective implementation of veterinary, sanitary and phytosanitary controls;
  • To monitor visa liberalisation implementation in Ukraine and post-visa liberalisation in Moldova.

Actions in brief

  • Provides training for the staff of partner services (border-guards, customs and law-enforcement officers)
  • Supports the simplification of border crossing through the development of Jointly Operated Border Crossing Points
  • Mobilises partner services in implementation of Integrated Border Management procedures (pre-arrival information exchange systems, single widow, real-time exchange of information, one-stop shop, joint controls, etc.)
  • Monitors implementation of the Joint Declaration and the control of travellers and goods at the central segment along the Transnistrian segment of the border with Ukraine and the boundary line between the two banks of the Dniester;
  • Monitors compliance of the implementation of trade policy measures, especially in the veterinary, sanitary and phytosanitary fields and the modernisation of customs procedures aiding to the fulfilment of EU requirements in line with DCFTA and EU Customs Blueprints;
  • Supports the Moldovan and Ukrainian authorities in the implementation of visa liberalisation action plans in the following areas: border management, migration management, combatting cross-border organized crime and freedom of movement of citizens of both countries.

Launched in 2005, the mandate of the Mission has already been extended four times (in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2015), with the current mandate expiring on 30 November 2017.