On 16-17 April, the European Union Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM) organised a workshop on Common Contact Points (CCPs) for officers from the Moldovan Border Police and Ukrainian State Border Guard Service.
The two-day event was aimed at supporting Moldovan and Ukrainian authorities in establishing a CCP at the Palanca Border Crossing Point, located in the Republic of Moldova.
The CCP will ensure timely information exchange between border management authorities about persons and vehicles crossing the border, alert lists, specificities of local traffic or circumstances that could affect the situation at the border, as well as any other helpful information.
The workshop was conducted by two Polish Border Guard experts on CCPs who shared their knowledge and experience of the EUs external and internal borders. The participants discussed the legal framework, scope and source of information exchange, data protection, tasks, staffing, logistics coordination and day-to-day management of the CCP.
Participants from both countries had the opportunity to exchange their views and expectations in small working groups moderated by the Polish and EUBAM experts, who also introduced the European standards and best practices.