On Tuesday, February 25, the Interagency Working Group on Coordination of Integrated Border Management held an on-site meeting at the border checkpoint Novi Yarylovychi and approved the plan for implementation of Integrated Border Management Strategy for 2020.
The meeting was chaired by Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba.
The border guards demonstrated at the checkpoint Novi Yarylovychi the modern methods of work with the use of the improved technological procedures of clearance: automatic information exchange between border guards and customs officers, use of tablets, scanners, video recording of vehicles, unmanned drones and more.
"Previously, citizens had to undergo two separate checks at the border checkpoint: with the border guard and the customs officer. The new checkpoints provide the "one-stop-shop" principle. Databases of border guards and customs services are combined. It is convenient, fast, comfortable," Dmytro Kuleba said.
The participants of the meeting discussed ways to improve the functioning of automobile border checkpoints, ways to solve problematic issues. The Deputy Prime Minister thanked border guards for organizing the on-site meeting in Novy Yarylovychi.
"The peculiar feature of this checkpoint is that on its basis there has been implemented a pilot project to optimize control procedures, thereby allowing to create comfortable conditions for travelers. I would like to point out that this project has already proven its effectiveness and we are planning to extend it to other checkpoints," said Volodymyr Nikiforenko, the First Deputy Chairman of the State Border Guard Service, who also participated in the event.
According to Dmytro Kuleba, this checkpoint demonstrates what integrated border management is supposed to be like: "Modern border and customs control technologies embody the best practices and experience of European Union States."
"We saw the tablets today, we saw the Ukrainian software, how it all works. Against the background of the overall digitization of the country, border digitization should be a priority. The state border should work like a Swiss watch: smooth, fast, reliable. To ensure that upstanding citizens and businesses do not feel any kind of discomfort," he stressed.
Dmytro Kuleba reminded that integrated border management is an important component of our country's European integration, and noted that there would be a different attitude and a special regime of control on the state border with the aggressor state.
The Deputy Prime Minister explained that the border and its infrastructure are the components of the image of the State: "We need close interaction with our partners and neighbors, especially with the EU countries, in order to synchronize our actions."
Dmytro Kuleba assured the head of the EUAM Mission for Civilian Security Sector Reform in Ukraine Antti Hartikainen, who attended the meeting that Ukraine seeks to cooperate closely with the EU in the introduction of integrated border management.
On the outcomes of the discussion, the Interagency Working Group approved an action plan for the implementation of the Integrated Border Management Strategy for 2020.
The meeting was also attended by First Deputy Head of the State Border Service Volodymyr Nikiforenko, Head of the Chernihiv Border Detachment Oleksandr Chorny, Head of the Department of the National Police of Ukraine Serhii Naumenko and other representatives of ministries and agencies. MP Dmytro Liubota, Head of the EU Integrated Border Management Project in Ukraine Arūnas Adomėnas, representatives of the EUAM Advisory Mission, the EU Delegation to Ukraine, the International Center for Migration Policy Development, the European Frontier and Coast Guard Agency, also took part in the event.
In total, there are 230 border checkpoints and control points currently operating on the state border of Ukraine. Of these, 100 are automobile checkpoints.
Integrated border management envisages a modern system of control, service and admission at the state border of Ukraine, effective integration of all state authorities, integration of their functions to guarantee the more comfortable and safe movement of people and goods across the border. This system not only ensures the development of external economic relations and international trade but also significantly accelerates the passage of the border, saves taxpayers' money.
On November 21, 2019, at a special "European integration" meeting, the Government adopted a resolution "On approval of the Action Plan for 2020-2022 for the implementation of the Integrated Border Management Strategy for the period up to 2025". It contains 9 strategic goals. The Strategy aims to effectively implement the principles of integrated border management proclaimed by the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union.