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 both countries, aiming at political association and economic integration.

          Trade and trade-related matters feature heavily in the Association Agreements with both Moldova and Ukraine under Title IV. Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas (DCFTAs) between the EU-Moldova and EU-Ukraine were established in June 2014 and January 2016 respectively. They oblige the mutual opening of markets for goods and services.

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        • 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 Moldova and Ukraine, as well as EU Member States. The EU’s anti-fraud office, OLAF, estimates the cost of tobacco smuggling to EU countries to be in excess of €10 billion a year. One of the EUBAM’s main partners in countering the illicit tobacco trade is the Ukrainian Association of Tobacco Producers (Ukrtyutyun). In this article they explain why cheap cigarettes may not be such good value f Read more

        • Good Governance
        • Integrated Border Managment
        • Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)
        • Joint Declaration
        • Trade Facilitation
        • Good Governance
          Good governance and anti-corruption runs through all of EUBAM’s activities. When left unchecked, corruption inhibits investment and damages trade. It can be the root cause which allows smuggling and trafficking to flourish and erodes border security. At an institutional level, the Mission has worked with Moldova and Ukraine’s border agencies to put in place robust regulations and mechanisms to prevent, detect and investigate corrupt behaviour. Slawomir Pichor, Head of EUBAM’s Office in Moldova, explains how EUBAM helps to tackle corruption. https://youtu.be/ki3aXIWHnuw Prevention is the most sustainable and effective means to c 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, or IBM, may sound like another piece of technical jargon, but is actually the concept the EU has embraced for coherent and coordinated border management systems. It is designed to ensure that Governments maintain secure borders with as little inconvenience to travelers and cross-border trade as possible. It emphasizes co-ordination within and between border services, as well as international co-operation. In this video, Razvan Budeanu, He
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        • Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)
          EUBAM helps Moldova and Ukraine to strengthen enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) by providing advice, skills and knowledge transfer to partner services. The Mission also supports partners forge the national, bilateral and international networks they need to fight infringements. EUBAM’s IPR Expert, Irinel Surugiu, explains the importance of IPR and its relevance for EUBAM’s wider work on border management and security. What are Intellectual Property Rights? Intellectual Property (IP) refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions and creative expressions, literary and artistic works, desi 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
          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 years 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 P 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 both countries, aiming at political association and economic integration.

          Trade and trade-related matters feature heavily in the Association Agreements with both Moldova and Ukraine under Title IV. Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas (DCFTAs) between the EU-Moldova and EU-Ukraine were established in June 2014 and January 2016 respectively. They oblige the mutual opening of markets for goods and services.

          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 Moldova and Ukraine, as well as EU Member States. The EU’s anti-fraud office, OLAF, estimates the cost of tobacco smuggling to EU countries to be in excess of €10 billion a year. One of the EUBAM’s main partners in countering the illicit tobacco trade is the Ukrainian Association of Tobacco Producers (Ukrtyutyun). In this article they explain why cheap cigarettes may not be such good value f Read more

        • Good Governance
        • Good Governance
          Good governance and anti-corruption runs through all of EUBAM’s activities. When left unchecked, corruption inhibits investment and damages trade. It can be the root cause which allows smuggling and trafficking to flourish and erodes border security. At an institutional level, the Mission has worked with Moldova and Ukraine’s border agencies to put in place robust regulations and mechanisms to prevent, detect and investigate corrupt behaviour. Slawomir Pichor, Head of EUBAM’s Office in Moldova, explains how EUBAM helps to tackle corruption. https://youtu.be/ki3aXIWHnuw Prevention is the most sustainable and effective means to c 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, or IBM, may sound like another piece of technical jargon, but is actually the concept the EU has embraced for coherent and coordinated border management systems. It is designed to ensure that Governments maintain secure borders with as little inconvenience to travelers and cross-border trade as possible. It emphasizes co-ordination within and between border services, as well as international co-operation. In this video, Razvan Budeanu, He
          Read more
        • Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)
        • Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)
          EUBAM helps Moldova and Ukraine to strengthen enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) by providing advice, skills and knowledge transfer to partner services. The Mission also supports partners forge the national, bilateral and international networks they need to fight infringements. EUBAM’s IPR Expert, Irinel Surugiu, explains the importance of IPR and its relevance for EUBAM’s wider work on border management and security. What are Intellectual Property Rights? Intellectual Property (IP) refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions and creative expressions, literary and artistic works, desi 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 years 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 P 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