The European Commission allotted ?3.3 million aid for technically equipment of the Ukrainian-Moldovan frontier, Ian Boag, a Head of the EC Delegation to Ukraine revealed. He funds are to be spent for implementation of communicative and IT technologies within the territory of the frontier. Additional ?6 million is expected to be allotted in February 2007 for the same purposes.

The project is aimed at combat with illegal arm and goods trafficking.

“Food-stuffs and other goods are flowing freely into the Transdniestrian region of Moldova” Ambassador Boag said. “From it observations on the implementation of the Joint Declaration, the EUBAM can confirm that there are no administrative or other obstacles hindering this flow of imports. Equally, there no obstacles to the legal exportation of goods from that region,” the latest EUBAM press release informs.

“Increasing numbers of companies – some 230 - are choosing to register in Chisinau under the terms of the Joint Declaration on the customs regime” the Head of Delegation explained. “107 have registered on a permanent basis and 123 on a temporary basis. We consider this a positive sign for ensuring transparency over the movement of goods across the border. We believe that all companies wishing to export are now doing so.”

The EUBAM Advisory Board considered a report on the situation at the border at its third quarterly meeting today. The report welcomed the active measures by the Ukrainian authorities to combat smuggling but concluded that it remains a challenge. Taking chicken meat smuggling as an example, EUBAM has calculated that the Ukrainian budget suffered a potential loss up to ?43 million from October 2005 to May 2006 through the illegal evasion of taxes. The potential loss to the Moldovan budget may be up to ?18 million. The role of the Transdniestrian region of Moldova as a pivotal transit point for this activity is likely to have added up to ?7 million to its budget in the same period of time;

The Advisory Board also endorsed the first part of an EC-financed project called BOMMOLUK (Improvement of Border Controls at the Moldova-Ukraine border). The overall BOMMOLUK budget is worth ?9 million. The funding for the first phase is ?3.3 million. In addition, work is in hand to establish longer-term projects in order to ensure the sustainability of measures to enhance border management.

“The Mission’s staff is already making a difference to border management by the day to day transfer of skills. The equipment and specialised training which will be provided by BOMMOLUK will underpin these efforts and make a sustainable improvement to border control”, said the Head of Mission, Ferenc Banfi.

The EU Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine was launched on 30 November 2005 at the joint request of the Presidents of Moldova and Ukraine. The Mission is an advisory, technical body. It has no executive powers.


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