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EUBAM Advisory Council holds its 16th meeting in Odesa
Apr 11 2011, 16:53

ODESA, APRIL 11th, 2011, CONTEXT-PRICHERNOMORIE — The EU Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine Advisory Council has held its 16th meeting in Odesa, Context-Prichernomorie correspondent reports.

The participants of the meeting were representatives of Ukrainian and Moldovan customs and border services, state officials, representatives of the European Commission, UNDP and OSCE. The participants analyzed the mission’s activities in 2010 and progress.

In particular, the Board noted vital activities EUBAM is engaged with together with its partners, such as capacity building and training initiatives, support to the integrated border management process, customs controls and transparency, demarcation of the common Moldova-Ukraine border, as well as efforts at combating cross-border crime and corruption.

The Board acknowledged significant advancements having been made in joint analysis of risks and threats to the common border, praised its public outreach and communication activities, and recognised the Mission’s contribution, through confidence-building measures, to the settlement of the Transnistrian conflict, for which all parties expressed their gratitude.

The Head of EUBAM, Mr Udo Burkholder, remarked on the deepening cooperation between the Mission and its partners in both the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.

“Over five years ago we began operations here, and we wanted our relationship to be built on trust and understanding,” said Mr Burkholder. “I am happy to report that although many challenges remain, by continuing our fruitful partnership in the same spirit of trust we can take on these challenges together, and in confidence.”

INFORMATION: The EU Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM) was launched on 30 November 2005 at the joint request of the Presidents of the Republic Moldova and Ukraine. EUBAM is an EU mission fully funded by the European Union. It is an advisory, technical body. It has no executive powers. The Mission aims to make a sustainable contribution to the delivery of good quality border and customs services to the citizens and companies of Moldova and Ukraine to facilitate contacts and trade.


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