On 6 September the official opening of the Common Contact Point (CCP), ‘Palanca,’ took place at the jointly-operated border crossing point, ‘Palanca-Mayaky-Udobne,’ on the Ukraine-Moldova border.
Senior management of the border agencies from both countries attended the event, as well as the Head of European Union Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM) and representatives of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).
According to EUBAM, the CCP ‘Palanca’ will ensure timely information exchanges between the border agencies of the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine in relation to persons and vehicles crossing the border, alerts lists and specificities of local traffic. Enhancing information exchanges could impact the situation on the border as well as inform situational assessments.
The opening of the CCP ‘Palanca’ delivers one of the major objectives under the ‘Enhancing Integrated Border Management along the Ukraine-Moldova Border’ project which is financed by the EU through the Eastern Partnership Integrated Border Management Flagship Initiative and implemented by IOM with EUBAM support.
EUBAM has worked in both the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine since 2005. The mission’s main objective, however, has remained unchanged throughout many years: to improve the service delivery to the citizens of both countries involved (e.g. through shorter waiting periods at border crossings and by strengthening border security) and assisting the authorities in the fight against fraud and smugglers.
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