New EU-IOM project will make crossing of Ukraine-Moldova border easier for over 3 million people annually

Date Publish: 
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
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On 6 February 2018, the UN Migration Agency (IOM), Missions in Moldova and Ukraine launched jointly a new project called “Enhancing Integrated Border Management along the Ukraine-Moldova Border”. The project is financed by the European Union (EU) and will be implemented in cooperation with the European Union Border Assistance Mission to Ukraine and Moldova (EUBAM) and will benefit central border authorities from Ukraine and Moldova.

As it was announced at the opening ceremony in Chisinau, the project aims at refurbishing and equipping two border-crossing points: Kuchurhan-Pervomaisc and Reni-Giurgiulesti.  The aid will include from furniture and servers to weighing and inspection equipment. Thus, over three million people a year will be able to cross Ukraine-Moldova border easier and faster.

The flow through these two border crossing points reaches over 3 million persons and 800,000 vehicles per year. The European Union supports Ukraine and Moldova in strengthening the security of their joint border. We also work for simpler and faster border crossing for travellers and goods,” noted the Ambassador Hugues Mingarelli, Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine.

“This new European Union Flagship Project should deliver positive results for citizens in the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. The project was requested by both countries to make border crossing safer and faster. […] This means that there shall be only one stop and swift handling of documentation,” added Mr. Marco Gemmer, Deputy Head of Operation Section, EU Delegation to the Republic of Moldova.

The Kuchurhan-Pervomaisc crossing point is located at the Transnistrian section of the boarder. It is the busiest crossing point of the Ukraine-Moldova border with about 1,800 vehicles and 7,300 persons crossing daily. Both Ukrainian and Moldovan border and customs agencies exercise control together on the Ukrainian side of the border.

The Reni-Giurgiulesti crossing point is also among the busiest border crossing points due to the international trade in the area, where large Giurgiulesti International Free Port and terminals are located. In particular, a high number of export grain trucks cross the border there.

In addition to the refurbishment of these two border-crossing points, the project will help Ukraine and Moldova to establish an automatic system for exchange of information on travellers/vehicles and provide equipment to set up a Joint Contact Point at Palanca Jointly Operated BCP, which is located in Moldova.

Thanks to the excellent cooperation from the Ukrainian Government, IOM Ukraine’s Capacity Building in Migration Management portfolio is one of the largest and most successful in the world. Generously funded by the European Union, improvement of the jointly operated border crossing points will facilitate more secure, transparent, efficient and faster border control and customs procedures aligned with best European practices in Integrated Border Management (IBM),” emphasized Dr. Thomas Lothar Weiss, IOM Ukraine’s Chief of Mission.

“This is a project for two countries that have both recognized the importance of working together to face common challenges like those related to illicit trade and movements of goods and people and to achieve common goals in the context of an increased socioeconomic development for the respective populations, possible only in an environment of security, confidence and rule of law.” said Mr. Antonio Polosa, IOM Moldova Chief of Mission.

Mr. Fredolin Lecari, Chief of the General Inspectorate of Border Police of the Republic of Moldova said, “I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the representatives of the Ukrainian Border Police and Customs Services for the joint fruitful work, openness and close cooperation, in result of which was possible today’s successful launch of the EU technical assistance project, aiming to ensure security at the joint border in the region”.

“When speaking about the issue of border management, integrated border management, it is important to realize that the infrastructure of the border crossing points should go hand in hand with technological development. It usually requires backbreaking resources that neither the Republic of Moldova, nor Ukraine has. And this is why we are very grateful for the support the EU Delegation has shown” added Mr. Vitalie Vrabie, General Manager of the Customs Service of the Republic of Moldova.

The two-year project will be implemented by March 2020. Its goal is to cut queues and waiting time for travellers and economic operators moving their goods through the Ukraine-Moldova border.

For more information about the project, please click here. Otherwise, please contact Ms. Iulia Tvigun, IOM Moldova at itvigun@iom.int or Ms. Varvara Zhluktenko, IOM Ukraine at vzhluktenko@iom.int or at +38 044 568 50 15/+38 067 447 97 92.