European experts in Integrated Border Management (IBM) attended Kyiv, Ukraine for the first-ever joint event organised by the European Union Advisory Mission (EUAM) and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex).
The event was dedicated to supporting the Ukrainian institutions that are currently drafting the countrys national IBM strategy for 2020-25.
Frontex is based in Warsaw, and like EUAM, it has previously supported Ukraine in aligning its border management techniques with EU standards.
IBM is the EU template for effective border management. It requires close cooperation and coordination across borders and between the relevant national bodies responsible for overseeing the movement of people and produce.
The seminar in Kyiv was attended by representatives from Ukraines Border Guard Service, Fiscal Service, Migration Service, Security Service, National Police, and ministries of defence, infrastructure and internal affairs.
Ukraine has already established an inter-ministerial working group on IBM which began its work in March this year, and the expectations are that all parties may be in a position to adopt the IBM strategy this summer.