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, the European Union Delegations to Ukraine and Moldova, the International Organization for Migration, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and United Nations Development Programme. State Border Guard Service of Ukraine was represented by the Head of the border agency Serhii Deineko.
EUBAMs and its Partner Services continuous and active cooperation 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, 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".
The Advisory Board Meeting will meet again in Odessa in June 2020.