What we do?
        • AA/DCFTA
        • Combating customs fraud
        • Combating drug smuggling
        • Combating Irregular Migration and Trafficking in Human Beings
        • Combating Tobacco Smuggling
        • AA/DCFTA
          Both Moldova and Ukraine signed Association Agreements with the EU in 2014. This marked a new stage in the development of the EU’s bilateral relations with these two countries, aiming at political association and economic integration, and leaving the way open for further progressive developments. In terms of the Association Agreements, EUBAM is part of the EU’s combined effort to help Moldova and Ukraine meet the mandatory requirements of Title III of the Assosciation Agreement (Justice, Freedom and Security). The Mission’s assistance is on the requirements which relate to border management issues. This includes having the necessary le Read more
        • Combating customs fraud
          Tobacco smuggling, including counterfeit products, is presently assessed as one of the most serious risks to border security at the Moldova-Ukraine border, causing the loss of millions of euros to the state budgets of Ukraine and EU member states countries (estimation made by OLAF is €10 bn/year). The likelihood of the illegal movement of cigarettes from Moldova to Ukraine, especially at the central border segment of the border, is high. Analysis of the suspect movement of cigarettes into Transnistria indicates that the delivery of tobacco products vastly exceeds the potential demand on the Transnistrian local market (the population is ap Read more
        • Combating drug smuggling
          The risk of drug smuggling across the Moldova-Ukraine border is present along all segments of the border. The 147 kg heroin seizure in the Odesa port on 17 March 2015 and the seizure of 500 kg of heroin from Turkey at Illichivsk port from on 5 June 2015 confirms that Ukraine is a channel for largescale heroin trafficking from Afghanistan to Western Europe. Moldova continues to be used as a transit corridor for trafficking cannabis rezine (hashish) from Morocco to Russia. Cannabis is also cultivated in Moldova and Ukraine, especially in the southern regions. The potential of cannabis as a cash crop may appeal to large sections of the rural Read more
        • Combating Irregular Migration and Trafficking in Human Beings
          The regular daily advisory activity performed by EUBAM on both sides of the Moldova-Ukraine border aims at improving the effectiveness of the operational activities related to the prevention of and fight against trafficking in human beings and irregular migration, as well as to the protection of the rights of trafficked persons. To ensure proper implementation of the EU standards in the field of illegal migration and THB, EUBAM is assisting the border services of Moldova and Ukraine in the development of general common indicators used for the identification of victims of trafficking, the enhancement of risk analysis and selectivity during th Read more
        • Combating Tobacco Smuggling
          Tobacco smuggling, including counterfeit products, is presently assessed as one of the most serious risks to border security at the Moldova-Ukraine border, causing the loss of millions of euros to the state budgets of Ukraine and EU member states countries (estimation made by OLAF is €10 bn/year). The likelihood of the illegal movement of cigarettes from Moldova to Ukraine, especially at the central border segment of the border, is high. Analysis of the suspect movement of cigarettes into Transnistria indicates that the delivery of tobacco products vastly exceeds the potential demand on the Transnistrian local market (the population is appr Read more
        • Conflict Resolution
        • Good Governance
        • Integrated Border Managment
        • Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)
        • Joint Declaration
        • Conflict Resolution
          The Mission contributes towards the peaceful settlement of the Transnistrian conflict through the official international negotiation mechanism (the “5+2” process) and through its wider technical and advisory work. It focuses on:
          • advising on the free movement of people and goods across the administrative boundary line and the Transnistrian segment of the border with Ukraine, including at times of raised security measures
          • monitoring that temporary security control measures are carried out in compliance with human rights and European border control standards
          • helping resolve cross border problems as they arise
          Read more
        • Good Governance
          EUBAM works closely with partner agencies in Moldova and Ukraine to develop and implement appropriate and relevant corporate Ethics policies and / or enforceable Codes of Conduct covering all employees. This approach is aimed at ensuring partner agencies develop and implement appropriate processes for effective management of resources to ensure sustainable professional standards are achieved. The intent is for these high professional standards to be achieved while operating in a transparent, responsive and equitable manner in an open and participatory environment, while ensuring continuous compliance with the Rule of Law. Concurrent with thi Read more
        • Integrated Border Managment
          EUBAM assists partner services in promoting legitimate travel and trade across the border while ensuring border security and helping cut crime. Integrated Border Management is the concept the EU has embraced as the modern template for coherent and coordinated border management system. EUBAM provides technical advice to its Moldovan and Ukrainian partners as they develop and implement their national IBM concepts. The Mission also assists with developing legislation, advising on the practical operation of shared border crossing points and helping partner services to access international funding for integrated border projects. In order Read more
        • Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)
          EUBAM helps Moldova and Ukraine to strengthen enforcement of IPR by providing advice, skills and knowledge transfer, helping to increase the operational results of its partner services, raising awareness as well as helping partners forge the national, bilateral and international networks they need (law-enforcement agencies, businesses, right-holders etc) to fight infringements of IPR. EUBAM Working Group on IPR is assisting both with the legislative and operational enforcement of IPR to help Moldovan and Ukrainian Customs to approximate their procedures in line with EU Regulation 608/2013, the main legal basis for EU customs enforcement of t Read more
        • Joint Declaration
          EUBAM provides neutral, technical advice on implementation of the Joint Declaration signed by the Prime Ministers of Moldova and Ukraine in December 2005, which introduced a new customs regime whereby companies based in Transnistria can gain access to EU trade preferences for their exports upon registration with the customs authorities in Moldova. Read more
        • Trade Facilitation
        • Visa Liberalisation Action Plan
        • Trade Facilitation
          Trade facilitation is at the heart of EUBAM’s mission but this has been given added impetus and effort since 2014 when Moldova and Ukraine signed Association Agreements with the EU which also establish a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (AA/DCFTA). The AA/DCFTA will contribute, over time, to a stronger and more prosperous economy. In terms of the DCFTA, EUBAM is part of the EU’s combined effort to assist the two countries to fulfil the trade and business-related mandatory requirements (acquis) set out in Chapter 4 on Trade and Trade-Related Matters. EUBAM is working with Moldova and Ukraine (especially the customs services) t Read more
        • Visa Liberalisation Action Plan
          EUBAM works with Moldova and Ukraine to help them meet the necessary standards of control for visa-free access to the EU. Moldova achieved this in 2014 under the Visa Liberalisation Action Plan (VLAP). In the two ears since it was introduced for Moldovan citizens, visa liberalisation has improved business opportunities, offered wider travel choices and reconnected families. Travellers at Chisinau Airport describe the benefits visa-free travel has had for them. https://youtu.be/N-567vN6Z2k EUBAM has supported the Moldovan Border Police in preparation for the EU assessment mission on the implementation of the Visa Liberalization Action Pl Read more
        What we do?
        • AA/DCFTA
        • AA/DCFTA
          Both Moldova and Ukraine signed Association Agreements with the EU in 2014. This marked a new stage in the development of the EU’s bilateral relations with these two countries, aiming at political association and economic integration, and leaving the way open for further progressive developments. In terms of the Association Agreements, EUBAM is part of the EU’s combined effort to help Moldova and Ukraine meet the mandatory requirements of Title III of the Assosciation Agreement (Justice, Freedom and Security). The Mission’s assistance is on the requirements which relate to border management issues. This includes having the necessary le Read more
        • Combating customs fraud
        • Combating customs fraud
          Tobacco smuggling, including counterfeit products, is presently assessed as one of the most serious risks to border security at the Moldova-Ukraine border, causing the loss of millions of euros to the state budgets of Ukraine and EU member states countries (estimation made by OLAF is €10 bn/year). The likelihood of the illegal movement of cigarettes from Moldova to Ukraine, especially at the central border segment of the border, is high. Analysis of the suspect movement of cigarettes into Transnistria indicates that the delivery of tobacco products vastly exceeds the potential demand on the Transnistrian local market (the population is ap Read more
        • Combating drug smuggling
        • Combating drug smuggling
          The risk of drug smuggling across the Moldova-Ukraine border is present along all segments of the border. The 147 kg heroin seizure in the Odesa port on 17 March 2015 and the seizure of 500 kg of heroin from Turkey at Illichivsk port from on 5 June 2015 confirms that Ukraine is a channel for largescale heroin trafficking from Afghanistan to Western Europe. Moldova continues to be used as a transit corridor for trafficking cannabis rezine (hashish) from Morocco to Russia. Cannabis is also cultivated in Moldova and Ukraine, especially in the southern regions. The potential of cannabis as a cash crop may appeal to large sections of the rural Read more
        • Combating Irregular Migration and Trafficking in Human Beings
        • Combating Irregular Migration and Trafficking in Human Beings
          The regular daily advisory activity performed by EUBAM on both sides of the Moldova-Ukraine border aims at improving the effectiveness of the operational activities related to the prevention of and fight against trafficking in human beings and irregular migration, as well as to the protection of the rights of trafficked persons. To ensure proper implementation of the EU standards in the field of illegal migration and THB, EUBAM is assisting the border services of Moldova and Ukraine in the development of general common indicators used for the identification of victims of trafficking, the enhancement of risk analysis and selectivity during th Read more
        • Combating Tobacco Smuggling
        • Combating Tobacco Smuggling
          Tobacco smuggling, including counterfeit products, is presently assessed as one of the most serious risks to border security at the Moldova-Ukraine border, causing the loss of millions of euros to the state budgets of Ukraine and EU member states countries (estimation made by OLAF is €10 bn/year). The likelihood of the illegal movement of cigarettes from Moldova to Ukraine, especially at the central border segment of the border, is high. Analysis of the suspect movement of cigarettes into Transnistria indicates that the delivery of tobacco products vastly exceeds the potential demand on the Transnistrian local market (the population is appr Read more
        • Conflict Resolution
        • Conflict Resolution
          The Mission contributes towards the peaceful settlement of the Transnistrian conflict through the official international negotiation mechanism (the “5+2” process) and through its wider technical and advisory work. It focuses on:
          • advising on the free movement of people and goods across the administrative boundary line and the Transnistrian segment of the border with Ukraine, including at times of raised security measures
          • monitoring that temporary security control measures are carried out in compliance with human rights and European border control standards
          • helping resolve cross border problems as they arise
          Read more
        • Good Governance
        • Good Governance
          EUBAM works closely with partner agencies in Moldova and Ukraine to develop and implement appropriate and relevant corporate Ethics policies and / or enforceable Codes of Conduct covering all employees. This approach is aimed at ensuring partner agencies develop and implement appropriate processes for effective management of resources to ensure sustainable professional standards are achieved. The intent is for these high professional standards to be achieved while operating in a transparent, responsive and equitable manner in an open and participatory environment, while ensuring continuous compliance with the Rule of Law. Concurrent with thi Read more
        • Integrated Border Managment
        • Integrated Border Managment
          EUBAM assists partner services in promoting legitimate travel and trade across the border while ensuring border security and helping cut crime. Integrated Border Management is the concept the EU has embraced as the modern template for coherent and coordinated border management system. EUBAM provides technical advice to its Moldovan and Ukrainian partners as they develop and implement their national IBM concepts. The Mission also assists with developing legislation, advising on the practical operation of shared border crossing points and helping partner services to access international funding for integrated border projects. In order Read more
        • Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)
        • Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)
          EUBAM helps Moldova and Ukraine to strengthen enforcement of IPR by providing advice, skills and knowledge transfer, helping to increase the operational results of its partner services, raising awareness as well as helping partners forge the national, bilateral and international networks they need (law-enforcement agencies, businesses, right-holders etc) to fight infringements of IPR. EUBAM Working Group on IPR is assisting both with the legislative and operational enforcement of IPR to help Moldovan and Ukrainian Customs to approximate their procedures in line with EU Regulation 608/2013, the main legal basis for EU customs enforcement of t Read more
        • Joint Declaration
        • Joint Declaration
          EUBAM provides neutral, technical advice on implementation of the Joint Declaration signed by the Prime Ministers of Moldova and Ukraine in December 2005, which introduced a new customs regime whereby companies based in Transnistria can gain access to EU trade preferences for their exports upon registration with the customs authorities in Moldova. Read more
        • Trade Facilitation
        • Trade Facilitation
          Trade facilitation is at the heart of EUBAM’s mission but this has been given added impetus and effort since 2014 when Moldova and Ukraine signed Association Agreements with the EU which also establish a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (AA/DCFTA). The AA/DCFTA will contribute, over time, to a stronger and more prosperous economy. In terms of the DCFTA, EUBAM is part of the EU’s combined effort to assist the two countries to fulfil the trade and business-related mandatory requirements (acquis) set out in Chapter 4 on Trade and Trade-Related Matters. EUBAM is working with Moldova and Ukraine (especially the customs services) t Read more
        • Visa Liberalisation Action Plan
        • Visa Liberalisation Action Plan
          EUBAM works with Moldova and Ukraine to help them meet the necessary standards of control for visa-free access to the EU. Moldova achieved this in 2014 under the Visa Liberalisation Action Plan (VLAP). In the two ears since it was introduced for Moldovan citizens, visa liberalisation has improved business opportunities, offered wider travel choices and reconnected families. Travellers at Chisinau Airport describe the benefits visa-free travel has had for them. https://youtu.be/N-567vN6Z2k EUBAM has supported the Moldovan Border Police in preparation for the EU assessment mission on the implementation of the Visa Liberalization Action Pl Read more
        About EUBAM
        • Who we are?

          The European Union Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM) was launched in 2005. It promotes border control, customs and trade norms and practices that meet EU standards and serve the needs of its two partner countries. It is an advisory, technical body based in Odesa (Ukraine). A Memorandum of Understanding signed by the European Commission and the Governments of Moldova and Ukraine in late 2005 is the legal basis for EUBAM, while an Advisory Board – which meets twice a year – acts as the Mission’s governing body. 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.

        • What we do?

          The Mission works with Moldova and Ukraine to harmonise border control, and customs and trade standards and procedures with those in EU Member States. It helps to improve cross-border cooperation between the border guard and customs agencies and other law enforcement bodies and to facilitate international coordinated cooperation. EUBAM assists Moldova and Ukraine to fulfil the obligations of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), which both countries signed as part of their Association Agreements with the EU. It also contributes to the peaceful settlement of the Transnistrian conflict through confidence building measures and as a monitoring presence at the Transnistrian segment of the Moldova-Ukraine border.

        • Where we work?

          The Moldova-Ukraine state border is 1,222 km long, consisting of 955 km of “green” (land) border and 267 km of “blue” (river) border.
          The Mission is headquartered in Odesa (Ukraine). It has an EUBAM Office in Moldova and five field offices – two on the Moldovan side of the joint border and three on the Ukrainian side.
          There are 67 permanent official border crossing points along the Moldovan-Ukrainian border, including international, inter-state and local ones. The central segment of this border length 453 km is under Tiraspol control, including 25 official crossing points to Ukraine.
          The “internal boundary” between the two banks of the Dniester river is not monitored by Moldovan border guards, but there are some customs check-points supported by police at road crossing points.

        Partners
        • Ukrainian partners
        • Moldovan partners
        • EU partners
        • International partners
        Partners
        • Ukrainian partners
        • Moldovan partners
        • EU partners
        • International partners