Over three million people crossing the UkraineMoldova border yearly will benefit from improvements to the UkraineMoldova border crossing point in Palanca (Moldova), which came on stream on 6 September.
Jointly operated by the border authorities of Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova, the new Contact Point ensures real time exchange of data on persons and vehicles crossing the border, alert lists, emergency situations, and other issues. The Contact Point was equipped and refurbished by IOM with EUR 60,000 funding from the European Union.
IOM and EU also currently assist Ukraine and Moldova in modernizing KuchurhanPervomaisk and ReniGiurgiulesti border crossing points. An automated system for exchange of information on travellers and vehicles to be used by Ukrainian and Moldovan border agencies is being developed within the EU-funded IOM project.
Expanding the network and improving the work of joint contact points is part of Ukraines new National Integrated Border Management Strategy up to 2025, developed with the European Unions assistance.