Enhancing Integrated Border Management along the Ukraine-Moldova Border

Duration: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 16:30 to Sunday, March 1, 2020 - 16:30
Donor: European Union
Partners: International Organization for Migration (IOM), Mission in Ukraine
Beneficiaries: State Fiscal Service of Ukraine, State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, General Inspectorate of Border Police of the Republic of Moldova, Customs service of the Republic of Moldova
Estimated budget: EUR 4,750,000

The Kuchurhan-Pervomaisk crossing point, located at the Transnistrian section of the frontier, is the busiest BCP at the Ukraine-Moldova border, with about 1,800 vehicles and 7,300 persons crossing daily.

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

Flow through these two BCPs reaches about 3 million persons and 810,000 vehicles crossing per year. This is why there is a pressing necessity of smooth coordination and improved information exchange between the two countries and their respective border management and customs agencies, with the aim to maximize the benefits of cross border movements of people and goods while mitigating the risk of border violations

The overall objective of the project is to further enhance Integrated Border Management (IBM) and improve the transparency and the operational capacity of Ukrainian and Moldovan border and customs authorities in order to 1) facilitate faster, secure and more efficient border control and to 2) decrease queues and waiting times for travelers and transport, with an overall positive impact on the cross-border trade and movement of persons.

The objective will be achieved by improving the infrastructure, adjusting the premises, enhancing  information exchange and optimizing the border crossing procedures at Ukrainian and Moldovan Border Crossing Points (BCP). In particular, the action will focus on (1)  Kuchurhan-Pervomaisk BCP, (2) Reni-Giurgiulesti BCP, (3) the Common Contact Point to be established at Palanca BCP and (4) the mechanisms for Automated Information Exchange. These specific objectives were identified by the European Commission as the priorities to be addressed under this project, within the framework of the operationalization of bilateral Agreements and Protocols on border management in force between Ukraine and Moldova.

Download the project leaftlet here.