EUBAM participated into the Eastern Partnership Panel on Migration, Mobility and Integrated Border Management (IBM) held in Odesa during 27-28 September. The panel was chaired by European External Action Service (EEAS) and hosted by the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine. European Union Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM) was invited to present the situation in the region.
In this context, Head of Mission, Mr Slawomir Pichor presented the progress achieved over the years by Ukrainian and Moldovan border agencies, with EUBAM’s support, in advancing the Integrated Border Management. “EUBAM works for a qualitative change in border management at the common border between the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine and we, partner services and EUBAM, are advancing every day. The panel held today in Odessa was an excellent platform for sharing experience and exchanging views among Eastern Partner countries in the implementation of IBM concept”, stated Mr Pichor.
The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine used this opportunity to showcase to the colleagues from Eastern Partnership countries and EU institutions its accomplishments in implementation of IBM principles and modern practices of enhancing the border security in its daily work.
European Commission, International Organization for Migration (IOM), Support Group for Ukraine, European Border and Coast Guard Agency (FRONTEX), Customs Eastern and South-Eastern Land Border Expert Team (CELBET) also delivered valuable insights on Integrated Border Management. Representatives from all six Eastern Partnership countries were actively involved during the event: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine.