Together we are stronger

May has been always an important month, marked by Europe Day celebrations. This year has been even more important as the European Union also celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration which represented the ground for the European Union project. And that project, from the beginning, has been based on the values of solidarity, openness, freedom, and respect for the rule of law. The momentum created by the six founding members has over the past decades drawn in almost the entire European continent, leading to a Union of now 27 member states and 450 million people.

But because of the pandemic, this year has been unique, and we celebrated the EU values behind closed doors, but still with opened hearts. With all the activities moved online, the solidarity among people mentioned by Shuman has been nowadays more visible than ever.

To win the race against COVID-19 and to mitigate the terrible impacts that it is having on our life, our economy, our societies, the European Commission has organized, a virtual pledging conference to mobilize financial resources in order to kick start the global cooperation to develop and deploy diagnostics, treatments and a vaccine which are affordable and accessible to all. The conference has been a real success and has resulted in a total pledge of 7.4 billion euros from donors around the world.

And coming to our region here, the European Council approved conclusions on the Eastern Partnership policy beyond 2020, reaffirming its strategic importance, and the joint commitment to building a common area of shared democracy, prosperity and stability. Moreover, it adopted a decision to provide up to 3 billion euros of macro-financial assistance to ten enlargement and neighbourhood partners to help them cope with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

So, even different than in the previous years, May, proved to be a month full of events and we were together like never before.

“Even if the outbreak of COVID-19 have profoundly changed our plans, we are happy to see that you’ve enjoyed the online film festivals, concerts, quizzes, contests, as well as the interesting facts and information about EU projects we shared on our social media platforms. Together we managed to prove that distance was not an obstacle when we had some many online events and interactive activities to bring us closer. With the hope that we will celebrate next year in person, I would like to thank you for joining us in celebrating the Europe Day during this month. We are happy to see you care about EU!”, noted Slawomir Pichor, the Head of the European Union Mission to Moldova and Ukraine.







European Union supports the Moldovan Border Police and Ukrainian State Border Guard Service in fighting the coronavirus pandemic

The European Union continued its response to the #coronavirus pandemic and provided support to the Eastern Partnership countries. To that end, the European Union Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM) delivered to the Border Police of the Republic of Moldova and the Southern Regional Directorate of Ukrainian State Border Guard Service 4,500 respirators (type FFP2) and face protective shields and 1,2 tons of antiseptic. Both the personal protective equipment and the antispetic aimed at reduction of coronavirus spread by keeping the border police\border guard offcers from the first line safer. Moreover, against the same background, EUBAM provided its partener services with 72 digital thermometers for instant fever detection of the travelers crossing the border.

„This support demonstrates the EU’s solidarity with these two countries at a time of unprecedented crisis. We must all stand together against the coronavirus pandemic.”, highlighted Slawomir Pichor, the Head of the European Union Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine.

EUBAM presents its Annual Report 2019

EUBAM is pleased to launch its latest Annual Report covering December 2018 to November 2019. The report highlights the Mission’s support to the achievements made by our partner services over that period, as well as EUBAM’s prominent ongoing activities on supporting confidence building measures across the Nistru River, implementing integrated border management concept and combating cross-border crime.

“Recalling the activities of EUBAM and its Partners during the past year, this is also an occasion to warmly thank and to also express my sincere gratitude to our Moldovan and Ukrainian strategic Partners for an excellent cooperation, hard work and commitment during 2019. Together we advanced the work on confidence building measures, integrated border management and cross-border crime, and we will definitely persevere in our joint efforts until we succeed in all the activities planned till November 2020.”, noted Slawomir Pichor, Head of Mission.

EUBAM helps Moldova and Ukraine to strengthen efforts in fighting illicit firearms trafficking

In December 2019, EUBAM and its Partner Services, supported by EUROPOL, Frontex and OSCE, initiated the joint cross-border working group on fighting weapons, ammunition and explosives  trafficking (Arms Working Group). The Working Group was established to enhance Ukraine and Moldova’s efforts in combating illicit firearms trafficking.

On 26 February 2020, in the framework of this initiative, the 1st Arms Working Group Meeting was held in Odesa. During the meeting experts from border, customs, police, security and nuclear regulatory agencies from the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, as well as Frontex, Europol and OSCE had the opportunity to exchange expertise and best practices and review trends and modus operandi in firearms trafficking in the region. Significant cases of weapons detection were also presented.

The members of the group agreed on the Action Plan for 2020 and expressed their confidence that the activities planned will significantly increase the international cooperation and enhance their operational capacity in counteracting this phenomenon.

A step forward in joint control implementation on the Moldova-Ukraine border

On 19-20 February, the meeting on implementation of joint control on the Moldova-Ukraine border was held at EUBAM HQ in Odesa. It brought together representatives of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, the State Customs Service of Ukraine and the Border Police of the Republic of Moldova, the Customs Service of the Republic of Moldova respectively.

Participants of the meeting discussed border and customs issues related to launching of full-fledged joint control at ‘Kuchurhan – Pervomaisk’ and ‘Giurgiulesti-Reni’ border crossing points (BCPs). In this respect, the procedures on return of persons and goods were elaborated.

Beyond that, border and customs agencies’ representatives of the two countries exchanged views on further steps towards implementation of joint control at other BCPs on the Moldova-Ukraine state border.

Background information: Modernization and rehabilitation works at Kuchurhan – Pervomaisk’ and ‘Giurgiulesti-Reni’ border crossing points are executed in the framework of the ongoing EU project ‘Enhancing integrated border management along the Ukraine-Moldova border’, implemented by IOM Ukraine (duration of the project: 01 November 2017 – 01 August 2020). Since ‘Palanca-Maiaky-Udobne’ jointly operated border crossing point (JOBCP)  was launched in December 2018, ‘Kuchurhan – Pervomaisk’ and ‘Giurgiulesti-Reni’ are the consequent JOBCPs on the Moldova-Ukraine state border, modernized with EU support after the new Agreement on joint control was signed by the Governments of Moldova and Ukraine in October 2017.

Progress achieved in preparatory work for full-fledged joint controls at the UA-MD border

On 30 January, EUBAM hosted the 8th Meeting of the Steering Committee of the EU project on ‘Enhancing Integrated Border Management along the Ukraine-Moldova border’, implemented by IOM Mission to Ukraine. Participants acknowledged a progress in the construction works at Kuchurhan-Pervomaisc and Reni-Giurgulesti border crossing points (BCPs). It was also agreed to extend the implementation period of the project until August 2020 due to broadening the scope of refurbishment works at Kuchurhan-Pervomaisc BCP and need for installing video control and automatic number plate recognition systems at those BCPs. The project is aimed at rehabilitating and enhancing the BCPs’ inspection facilities, and once completed it will facilitate the implementation of joint border control by both Ukrainian and Moldovan authorities in line with the EU best practices.

 Photo: New control booths at Reni BCP and Kuchurhan BCP 

Head of EUBAM meets Head of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine

On 23 January, in Kyiv, Head of EUBAM, Slawomir Pichor, held a working meeting with the Head of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, Serhiy Deyineko. The interlocutors discussed prospects for rolling out joint control to other border crossing points at the Ukraine-Moldova border, in particular progress in the construction works and equipment renewal of Reni-Giugiulesti and Kuchurhan-Pervomaisc jointly operated border crossing points, as well as some key technical aspects regarding the enforcement of the joint control procedures. EUBAM activities and initiatives with UASBGS and other partners aimed at fighting cross-border crime and threats assessment were also tackled upon.

Concluding the meeting, Sergiy Deyineko expressed his gratitude for EUBAM’s contribution to enhancing cooperation between the border agencies of Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova. On his turn, Slawomir Pichor assured UASBGS of the Mission’s continuous support to the modernization of the border management with the purpose of strengthening the border security and facilitating legitimate travel and trade.

EUBAM and its Partner Services’ achievements in 2019

A photo overview of the most significant achievements of EUBAM and its Partner Services in 2019                                                                                           

EUBAM and Moldovan Border Police discuss actions for strengthening Mobile Units’ operations

On 10 January, in Chisinau, EUBAM held a working meeting with the senior management of the General Border Police Inspectorate of the Republic of Moldova and discussed strengthening of the Border Police mobile units’ operations. In this respect, earlier, following the request addressed by the Head of the General Border Police Inspectorate for supporting further development of the Border Police mobile units, the Mission carried out a review of operations of MDBP mobile units and shared the findings with the management of the agency. To this end, EUBAM held numerous meetings and discussions with MDBP representatives and reviewed the relevant Moldovan legislation.

During the meeting, the parties acknowledged the assessment of the current situation and EUBAM’s recommendations on enhancing effectiveness of mobile units’ operations, and also agreed on the follow-up actions.

Background information: Moldovan Border Police mobile units aim is to prevent, detect and counteract cross border crimes linked to illegal circulation of persons and vehicles; ascertain violations related to illegal stay of foreigners, and illegal border crossing by persons or vehicles. To this end, mobile units are deployed to different locations depending on operational needs and based on the use of risk analysis. They are used to patrol the green/blue border areas, to conduct road inspections in the border area or could be involved in a special operation.

New joint initiative for counteracting illicit trafficking in weapons, ammunitions and explosives

On 12 December 2019, the European Union Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM) together with the national Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) and supported by EUROPOL, Frontex and OSCE, launched a new joint initiative for counteracting illicit trafficking in weapons, ammunitions, explosives and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) materials.

To this end, a Joint Cross-Border Working Group was set up and entrusted to strengthen the Partner Services’ efforts in assessing, preventing, detecting and investigating these specific crimes. The group will also serve as a platform for exchange of information and sharing experience and best practices.

At the kick-off meeting held in Odesa, on 12 December, the participating agencies discussed working modalities and joint activities for 2020, aimed at increasing competences of LEAs’ personnel as well as strengthening the operational response and analytical support in that field.

In this context, Slawomir Pichor, Head of EUBAM highlighted: “As we all know, illicit firearms trafficking presents a serious threat to the regional security, often linked to organized crime, that has adverse impact on the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and the European Union. Therefore, through launching this new initiative, EUBAM strengthens, together with its Partner Services, their efforts in tackling this threat. Only by collective actions and coordinated efforts, we can effectively prevent and reduce the risk of the illicit trafficking in weapons, ammunitions and explosives. I am grateful to EUROPOL, Frontex and OSCE that agreed to partnered us in this challenging initiative”.


Odesa students more aware about European Union support to Ukraine

On 06 December the Head of EUBAM Slawomir Pichor awarded certificates to the best performing students of Odesa I. Mechnikov National University who graduated EUBAM Module within the University’s EU-Ukraine Cooperation Study Course. The visit of the students, accompanied by their professors, to EUBAM Headquarters in Odesa concluded the series of joint events held by the Mission and the University in 2019.

EUBAM has been organizing this course for the University’s students in the final year of their Bachelor’s degree studies at International Relation Department for the third year in a row already. This year EUBAM module on EU-Ukraine Cooperation was delivered in October – November 2019 and consisted of three lectures as well as a visit to jointly operated border crossing point (JOBCP) ‘Palanca-Mayaky-Udobne’. EUBAM experts from Estonia, Germany, Poland and Romania spoke about EUBAM’s mandate, trade facilitation, integrated border management and Schengen Acquis, specific border checks and customs control procedures implemented at JOBCP, as well as the cooperation between EUBAM and its Partner Services.

Addressing the students, Head of Mission expressed confidence that the knowledge the students gained during EUBAM’s lectures would benefit them during their future professional activity. ‘EUBAM feels honored and proud to be hosted in such a beautiful country. The successful cooperation with Odesa I. Mechnikov National University gives us hope that our mandate here is impacting not only the technical work of border and customs agencies but also the life of the local citizens and Ukrainian society as a whole.’ he added.

EUBAM Advisory Board encourages the national authorities to continue the modernization of the border management

On 27 November 2019, the 33rd Advisory Board Meeting of the European Union Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine took place in Chisinau in the presence of representatives from the Foreign Ministries, border, customs and law enforcement agencies of the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Moldova, the International Organization for Migration, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and United Nations Development Programme.

EUBAM’s and its Partner Services’ continuous and active cooperation, their work for strengthening confidence between Chisinau and Tiraspol, the opening of the Common Contact Point “Palanca” and efforts in combating cigarette smuggling were among the most important achievements highlighted by the Advisory board. Moreover, the Advisory board encouraged the Moldovan and Ukrainian authorities to take advantage of the benefits brought by the mechanism of joint control and to expand it to new locations along their common border.

European Union Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova, H.E. Peter Michalko highlighted that “over recent years, EUBAM has again been instrumental in supporting the competent authorities in both the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine in further implementing the Integrated Border Management Concept, providing technical assistance to the Transnistrian settlement process and assisting in the fight against smuggling, among others, tobacco. Establishing the Common Contact Point for the Palanca-Maiaky-Udobne jointly operated border crossing point has been an important achievement that will serve as an example for tangible progress in the near future on further rolling out the joint border control concept”.

Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, Mr Stefan Schleuning emphasized the important role carried by EUBAM within the EU’s actions in implementing the integrated border management concept in the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. “As part of the EU funded project, a modern Palanca-Mayaki-Udobne joint border crossing point was established, resulting in significantly reducing the waiting times for people and goods. Thanks to the EU funding, reconstruction of two more border crossing points is being finalised. These modern border crossing points will ensure smooth and secure border traffic.” He added: “In order to achieve joint border control at Ukrainian-Moldovan border, authorities of both countries are invited to complete the border demarcation and implement the agreed Road Map for Joint Border Control.”

Ms Tatiana Molcean, State Secretary within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova expressed her gratitude for EUBAM’s practical contribution to the implementation of the joint working program and appreciated the Mission’s efforts in continuing with taking important steps for bringing outcomes under all three pillars. In this context, she also stated: “We would like to highlight the opening of the Common Contact Point “Palanca” specifically designed for fully-fledged joint control, which has advanced the implementation of the Integrated Border Management concept at the Moldova-Ukraine border. We encourage EUBAM to continue the result-oriented approach in order to achieve tangible progress thus contributing to ensuring stability and security in the region.”

Mr. Serhii Saienko, Acting Director General of the Directorate for the European Union and the NATO of Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, stated the willingness to move towards joint customs and border control at border crossing points between Ukraine and Moldova, and reiterated the readiness to strengthen the interaction between the customs administrations of the two neighbouring countries in counteracting the smuggling of weapons, ammunition, drugs and fighting against the violation of customs rules in the movement of goods, including tobacco products, in particular through exchanging operational information and conducting special joint operations, inter alia involving the EUBAM and OLAF.

Head of EUBAM Mr Slawomir Pichor said that: “I want to extend my and EUBAM’s warm gratitude to our partner services in the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine for their collective responsibility and commitment, and congratulate them for the excellent spirit and constructive nature of our cooperation. The important joint achievements we highlighted today made us to look with optimism to the next year of the Mission’s mandate”.

The Advisory Board Meeting will meet again in Odessa in June 2020.

MEDIA ADVISORY: 33rd Advisory Board Meeting of the European Union Border Assistance to Moldova and Ukraine

On Wednesday, 27 November 2019, the 33rd Advisory Board Meeting (ABM) of the European Union Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM) will take place in Chisinau. The meeting will focus on Mission’s progress in the implementation of its current mandate during June 2019 – October 2019.

A press-conference is foreseen to take place at 12.00 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration (80, 31 August 1989 Street, Chisinau). It is expected that the following speakers will take part:

Ambassador  Peter Michalko  –  Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova

Mr Slawomir Pichor – Head of EUBAM

Ms Tatiana Molcean – State Secretary,  Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration  of the Republic of Moldova

Mr Serhii Saienko – Acting Director of Directorate General for the European Union and  NATO, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

Journalists who wish to participate are invited to contact Ms Iryna Shoukaliuk (e-mail:, cell: +380 504 925 782) by 26 November, 17:00.

Audio-visual coverage will be provided by EUBAM Media and Communication Office and the press conference will be streamed live on EUBAM Facebook

EUBAM brings together experts from Chisinau and Tiraspol to discuss consumers’ protection

As market surveillance plays a crucial role in protecting people from unsafe products, EUBAM organized, in Chisinau, on 31 October, a workshop on this topic, engaging professionals from Chisinau and Tiraspol.

The workshop was attended by representatives of Moldovan Customs Service, Consumer Protection and Market Surveillance Agency, experts on market surveillance from Tiraspol, Transnistrian structures in the field of customs and economic development and Office of the Chief Negotiator on behalf of Transnistria.

During the thematic sessions, EU profiled experts introduced to the participants the EU products safety requirements, CE marking, the metrology and testing system, as well as import controls in the area of products safety and compliance. The practical discussions focused on protecting consumers from imported unsafe non-food products and increased the interaction between the structures in the area of market surveillance from both banks of the Nistru River. The invited EU experts placed emphasize on the proper market surveillance of toys, because the protection of children, as vulnerable consumers, is a top priority.

The event served as the first step in promoting the exchange of experience and training between the experts from Chisinau and Tiraspol in the use of systems and working procedures for ensuring effective market surveillance of non-food products.

The participants explored several ideas for thematic campaigns for business entities aimed at raising awareness of their responsibility towards consumers and protecting consumers’ rights and their legitimate interests.


EUBAM Annual Task Force Tobacco fosters cooperation in fighting cigarettes smuggling

On 30-31 October the EUBAM‘s Annual Task Force Tobacco meeting took place in Odesa. The event brought together experts from law enforcement agencies in the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and UK, as well as representatives from EU agencies Europol, Frontex and OLAF. Ukrainian Tobacco Association “Ukrtutun” and the major cigarette producers also attended.

The participants shared experience on recent trends, new modus operandi, emerging risks and effective countermeasures against tobacco products smuggling and committed to pool resources for further enhancing their efforts aimed at strengthening the fight against cigarette smuggling. The parties also acknowledged that the inter-agency risk analysis groups proven their effectiveness helping border and law enforcement agencies to be better prepared for the changes on the illegal cigarettes market. Moreover, the partnership between law enforcement agencies and law-abiding producers of cigarettes was assessed as mutually beneficial for reducing the illicit trade in tobacco products.

In the framework of this meeting, EUBAM also shared with the participants the final results of the Joint Border Control Operation (JBCO) ‘SCORPION’, completed in August 2019. The Operation focused on cigarettes smuggled into the European Union, in particular originating from duty-free shops and was co-organized by EUBAM and OLAF with the participation of Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Romania. Following the enhanced control activities based on intelligence information carried out by all the participating agencies and the information exchanged via the AFIS IT platform made available by OLAF, over 15 million pieces of cigarettes, smuggled through BCPs and also green border, were seized by the law enforcement agencies involved in JBCO ‘SCORPION’.

“Smuggling of cigarettes and their illegal production have become a serious problem over the past years. The cooperation among border and law enforcement agencies of the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and EU has proven to be a valuable instrument in identification of determined smuggling way and channel as well as finding and dismantling facilities for illegal production of cigarettes. The good practices of information exchange and joint investigations should be continued and enhanced.”, stated  Slawomir Pichor, the Head of the European Union Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine.

Head of EUBAM meets with Executive Director of FRONTEX

On 19 September 2019, the Head of European Union Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM), Slawomir Pichor, visited the headquarters of Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, in Warsaw, where he met with its Executive Director, Fabrice Leggeri, to discuss collaboration on strengthening border management in the region as well as other forms of cooperation between the two organizations.

In a broader context, the meeting provided an occasion to discuss recent developments in the Integrated Border Management (IBM) at the EU level, as well as EU cooperation with the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries.

EUBAM Head of Mission briefed on the EUBAM’s contribution to the implementation of the IBM concept in the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine and fighting cross-border crime in the region, also pointing out the support provided by the Mission to the EU-funded projects dedicated to the Moldova-Ukraine border. The Head of Mission also highlighted the mutual benefits resulted from the long-term close operational cooperation set up between EUBAM and Frontex.

On his side, Frontex Executive Director briefed on the Agency’s recently reinforced mandate as a major step forward in the EU’s collective ability to protect its borders and the opportunity it provides for closer cooperation with non-EU countries. Against this background, Frontex Executive Director informed that the structured cooperation between Frontex and the Eastern Partnership countries would continue and the Agency remained committed to build on the results achieved so far. Additionally, he appreciated EUBAM’s support to the implementation of Frontex’s operational activities in the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.

The parties acknowledged that working together is important for aligning border management systems in the region with EU’s standards and practices and explored ways of strengthening the common efforts of EUBAM and Frontex in that regard.

Head of EUBAM extended to Frontex Executive Director the invitation to visit the Mission’s Headquarters in Odesa to experience on the ground the latest developments achieved in the region with the EU’s support.





EUBAM mentors customs experts from both banks of Nistru River on EU standards

On 11-12 September 2019, in Chisinau, EUBAM organized a workshop on customs procedures with economic impact – inward and outward processing procedures – for customs experts from the right and left bank of the Nistru River. The event was part of EUBAM’s efforts to enhance capacity and build confidence between customs professionals from Chisinau and Tiraspol, with the purpose of boosting the economy in the region.

Bearing in mind the benefits these procedures offer to economic operators, the workshop aimed to encourage and support customs experts to use them more efficiently for better serving the needs of the legitimate business, increasing economic competitiveness and trade facilitation. Moreover, the workshop created a unique opportunity to develop an interactive discussion platform between customs experts from both banks of Nistru River and EUBAM which helped to identify initiatives towards simplification of the inward and outward processing procedures.

Customs officers from Poland and Romania were invited by the Mission to introduce the the WCO and EU provisions related to the mentioned procedures, as well as practical cases of inward processing and best practice in the EU for issuing authorization and for granting the procedures.

Participating customs experts from both banks of Nistru River agreed on the importance of taking full advantage of the procedures in question and recognized the need for enhanced cooperation on that matter between customs administration and business community in fostering the economic development and improving the competitiveness of local industry.

“The benefits and opportunities provided by these customs procedures to economic operators are originating in the EU-Moldova Association Agreement. The workshop EUBAM organized today offered a better understanding on how inward and outward processing procedures are applied in the EU and what the needed steps are for aligning the local procedures to the EU standards with a view to simplifying them and promoting production, investment and foreign trade”, stated Head of EUBAM, Slawomir Pichor.

Background information:

Inward processing procedure means that foreign goods are imported in order to be used in the customs territory of the country in one or more processing operations, for instance, for the purposes of manufacturing or repair. When imported, such goods are not subject to import duty, other taxes related to their import, such as VAT and/or excises or commercial policy measures.

Outward processing procedure is designed to give businesses the possibility to take advantage of benefits such as lower labour costs or specific technical expertise in other countries.

Official opening of the first Common Contact Point ‘Palanca’ at the Moldova-Ukraine border

On 06 September, the official opening of the Common Contact Point ‘Palanca’ (CCP) took place at the premises of the jointly operated border crossing point ‘Palanca-Mayaky-Udobne’. The event was attended by the senior management of the border agencies of the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, the Head of European Union Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine and the representatives of the International Organization for Migration.

The establishment of CCP ‘Palanca’ is a result of coordinated efforts of the Border Police of the Republic of Moldova and the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine. CCP ‘Palanca’ will ensure timely information exchange between the border agencies of the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine in relation to persons and vehicles crossing the border, alerts lists, specificities of local traffic, circumstances that could impact or affect the situation on the border as well as any other information relevant for situational assessment.

The opening of the Common Contact Point ‘Palanca’ delivers one of the major objectives under the Project ‘Enhancing Integrated Border Management along the Ukraine-Moldova Border’, financed by the European Union through the Eastern Partnership Integrated Border Management Flagship Initiative and implemented by IOM with EUBAM support.

‘CCP ‘Palanca’ will contribute to more effective combating of illegal migration, human trafficking and forged travel documents, finally, to strengthening the border security in the region’, said the Head of EUBAM, Slawomir Pichor.