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
• strengthening Chisinau-Tiraspol cooperation in the field of transport, customs and trade, and law enforcement
• making longer-term technical proposals, such as the reopening of international transport corridors. EUBAM’s proposals contributed to the reopening of the railway freight route in 2012 after 6 years’ suspension
• enabling Transnistrian economic operators to access the preferential tariffs to which they are entitled; making proposals for how this might be guaranteed post-DCFTA.
The Mission has achieved some notable successes in encouraging the free movement of goods and people. In 2012, following proposals from EUBAM reopening transport corridors and railway freight across Transnistria resumed after 6 years’ suspension. In 2015 Moldova and Ukraine signed two new cross border cooperation agreements that will make it faster and easier to move across their joint border, freeing up trade and saving businesses and travellers time and money. The first established joint control at Pervomaisc-Kuchurhan Border Crossing Point, a key transit hub on the Transnistrian segment of the border. The agreement will help re-establish international transport corridors across Transnistria. The second provides for the automated exchange of border crossing data across the Moldova-Ukraine border and will enhance security through increasing transparency about the movement of vehicles and goods over the border. EUBAM has long advocated these agreements and played an active role in encouraging and facilitating their conclusion.
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.