On 19 December the joint control in the temporary Jointly Operated Border Crossing Point Palanca was officially launched during a ceremony attended by the management of the Moldovan and Ukrainian border agencies, the Head of EUBAM, the UNDP Project Manager, the Ukrainian Ambassador to Moldova and representatives of the local public authorities.
EUBAM regards the launching of the Joint Control as proof of the good cross-border co-operation between the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. In supporting this initiative, the Mission provided assistance in drafting the temporary technological scheme for organizing the joint control.
During the launching ceremony the status of the works construction of the new Jointly Operated Border Crossing Point was also presented. Being an EU funded project, implemented by UNDP, in the framework of the Eastern Partnership IBM flagship initiative, it will significantly simplify the procedure of crossing the border for citizens of Ukraine and Moldova, as they will need to pass the border and customs control only once.
EUBAM supported as well the design of the future Jointly Operated BCP and assisted in drafting the list of its necessary equipment. In the same time, EUBAM experts’ advice regarding the exchange of travelers’ data in real time between UA authorities has been already successfully implemented.
The Head of European Union Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine Slawomir Pichor stated “Today we are making together a qualitative change in border management both for the people and for the trade. Launching this joint control in Palanca is a proof of the increasing cross-border co-operation between the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. EUBAM will continue to work with its Moldovan and Ukrainian partners for the modernization of border management between the two countries. I would like to congratulate this new initiative and to assure you of EUBAM’s full support.”
“The capacities and skills that will be developed at the “Palanca” temporary border crossing point will be subsequently applied on a much wider scale to the new crossing point that is being built under the project implemented by UNDP Moldova and will be operational at end of next year”, mentioned the UNDP Project Manager Alla Skvorțova.
“By implementing European best practices in the field of integrated state border management, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine are becoming closer to European values and standards.The launching of joint control at the Palanca Temporary Crossing Point represents a significant progress in achieving this goal”, the Director General of Moldovan Customs Service Vitalie Vrabie noted.
Within the context of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), both Moldova and Ukraine have committed to progress towards efficient and comprehensive border management, including specific customs and border guard issues.
EUBAM will continue to work with its Moldovan and Ukrainian partners for the enhancement of integrated border management between the two countries by encouraging joint border control at border crossing points and information sharing between the agencies.