EU, Moldova and Ukraine Strengthen Border Cooperation

In an agreement signed November 25th, the EU, Moldova and Ukraine decided to strengthen their border cooperation, with an enhanced mandate strengthening the Memorandum of Understanding establishing the EU Border Assistance Mission to the Republic of Moldova and to Ukraine (EUBAM), as well as its extension for additional 24 months.

The new mandate will support a smooth implementation of border and customs related aspects of the Association Agreements, as well as of the agreements on Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas (DCFTA), signed with both countries in 2014.

It will allow in particular the use of more tailored strategies on border, customs and fiscal matters, and the provision of expert advice to border police, customs administration and other relevant state agencies.

The EU Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM) aims to improve cooperation between the border-guard and customs services and with other law-enforcement agencies, and facilitate cross-border and international cooperation. EUBAM seeks to promote confidence building and to contribute to the peaceful settlement of the Transnistria conflict, as well as to engage with civil society and support the partner services’ anti-corruption and good governance efforts.

Source: enpi-info.eu

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