On 19 December, Head of European Union Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM) Slawomir Pichor was on a working visit to Odesa to discuss economic and border security of the region. During the visit, the Head of Mission held a working meeting with the Head of the Odesa Regional Military Administration Maksym Marchenko along with representatives of regional border guard and customs services’ management.
The Head of EUBAM briefed the participants on the Mission’s activities and latest trends at the Moldova-Ukraine border. The parties discussed energy situation in the region and its influence on the transit capacity of the Moldova-Ukraine border. The sides also discussed the optimization of cargo flows from Ukraine to the EU, as well as the ways to ensure the steady export of grain from Ukraine and import of vital goods from European states. At the same time, representatives of Odesa region’s border and customs authorities commended the good cooperation with the Mission, highlighting the training events for more than one hundred Ukrainian Customs Officers in last five months.
Maksym Marchenko emphasized the importance of EUBAM’s work in the Odesa region during the war. “The Ukraine-Moldova border had been formed over decades and it is not just a strip of land that separates two states, it is a complex mechanism and our joint task is to maintain its safe and comfortable functionality, especially now during the period of martial law,” said the Head of the Regional Military Administration.
In his turn, Slawomir Pichor stressed the Mission’s support for the development of border infrastructure in the Odesa region that will strengthen the transport potential of Ukraine. In particular, the Head of EUBAM advocated for the launch of full-fledged joint control at Basarabeasca-Serpneve-1 railway BCP. Slawomir Pichor stated, “EUBAM continues support and is ready to cooperate even more to provide assistance to Ukraine in effective border management, while maintaining a high level of security”.