On 27-28 September 2018, the Panel Meeting on Integrated Border Management was held in Odessa. The event was hosted by Ukraine (State Border Guard Service) with the support of the European Commission (DG HOME), European External Action Service and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Mission in Ukraine under the framework of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) Panel on Migration, Mobility and Integrated Border Management.
The Panel Meeting gathered representatives from the European Commission, European External Action Service, EU Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM), Frontex, EU Support Group for Ukraine, EU Member States, Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine), international organizations (IOM and ICMPD) and the EaP Civil Society Forum.
The Panel Meeting provided an occasion to discuss the recent developments in the field of Integrated Border Management (IBM) both in the EU and the EaP states; to consider cooperation in the framework of the European Border Surveillance system (EUROSUR) and cooperation in the field of customs, notably, the support currently being provided to the EU Member States through the Customs Eastern and South-Eastern Land Border Expert Team (CELBET) initiative and the possible modalities of cooperation between the CELBET and EaP countries; to discuss the IBM concept, as it is understood by the EU, the importance of the strategic approach to IBM and the current challenges in the process of developing and implementing the IBM in partner countries; to exchange best practices of cooperation in the field of border security and to reflect on the modalities of continued EU support in the area of IBM.
The importance of cooperation at different levels (intra-agency, interagency and international) for efficient Integrated Border Management became the key message of the meeting, having in mind that cooperation is not only about smooth and fast exchange of the information, experience, documents etc., but, first of all, it is about building the trust between the partners.
On the second day of the meeting, a field visit to Kuchurgan-Pervomaisk border crossing point was organized for insight into the practical organization of effective interagency and international cooperation and coordination between the border guard and customs authorities of Ukraine and Moldova while conducting the joint border control.
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