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Moldova and Ukraine agree on trans-border cooperation

Moldova and Ukraine have signed two agreements on trans-border cooperation. They did it during a conference the EU Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM) in Chisinau. During the conference EUBAM approved its plan of action for the coming years.

The first agreement stipulates joint control of the Pervomaysk-Kuchurgan checkpoint. The goal of this agreement is to make possible transportation of goods to, from and through Transnistria.

The second agreement concerns automatic data exchange and is aimed to make the traffic at the checkpoint safer.

“This is part of the development strategy of our Customs Service. These agreements are supposed to reduce corruption at border points and to prevent illegal migration,” Chief of the Border Police of Moldova Dorin Purice said.

His Ukrainian colleague Viktor Nazarenko pointed out that the agreements would strengthen the Ukrainian-Moldovan border cooperation.

According to Moldova’s Deputy Foreign Minister Daniela Cujba, over the last decade EUBAM has helped Moldova and Ukraine to integrate their border control systems. “We will continue supporting EUBAM’s initiatives as they help us to integrate into Europe,” Cujba said.

EUBAM was established in 2005.

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