EUBAM looks to prioritise joint criminal activity strategic analysis on Moldova-Ukraine border


The Head of the European Union Border Assistance Mission (EUBAM) to Moldova and Ukraine, Udo Burkholder, says that EUBAM will be prioritising a joint strategic analysis of risks deriving from criminal activity on the Moldova-Ukraine border. His comments came at the fifth tri-lateral meeting of EUBAM and the security services of both countries held in Odessa recently.
Looking to the future, Burkholder stressed that EUBAM, together with both services, should not lose momentum and should use all available tools in order to meet the challenge of tackling cross-border crime.
Apart from the participation of both services in EUBAM training initiatives, the parties highlighted the efforts of the two working groups, one to address illegal migration and THB (trafficking in human beings) and the second to address illicit smuggling activities. These working groups, coordinated by EUBAM, provide the security services with a mechanism through which they exchange information.
The Joint Border Control Operation (JBCO) AKKERMAN 2011 was singled out for special praise at the meeting. Together with other agencies, the Security Service of Ukraine and the Security Service of the Republic of Moldova played a major role in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the operation, which managed to make seizures valued at €3.2 million – a six-fold increase on JBCO TYRA 2010. The parties also referred to the successful cooperation between EUBAM and the MDISS, among other agencies, that led to the seizure of 62 million cigarettes in Megara, Greece, in May 2011. (ENPI Info Centre)
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