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Workshop on further Development of the Integrated Border Management Approaches in the framework of the Twinning Project for the Administration of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine

On Thursday, September 13, 2018 at the Administration of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine the workshop on further Development of Integrated Border Management Approaches in the framework of the Twinning Project “Support to the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine for the further Development of Integrated Border Management Approaches for Travel Document Verification and Stolen Motor Vehicles Detection” took place.

First Deputy Head of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine Vasyl Servatiuk in his welcoming speech noted that due to the professionalism of the key persons and effective, coordinated cooperation between the partners of the project the achievement of mandatory results was ensured in particular, he also commended the quality of the Schengen assessment of Ukrainian border crossing points and separate border units that will determine the efficiency of procedures for detecting forged documents and stolen motor vehicles; results of common assessment of cross-border procedures of separate border units were summarized; educational training and workshops with participation of experts were conducted in order to experience exchange on the use of latest technical devices of border control and to familiarize with up-to-date equipment for detecting forged documents used by the European border guard services; prepared recommendations for the development of a new Integrated Border Management Strategy, which will be started after the completion of the project. In addition, it was noted that the strategic importance of newly established Inter-Agency Working Group on the coordination of Integrated Border Management issues will be headed by the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze.

MS Project Leader Thomas Osterroth accented the need for consolidation of joint efforts aimed at ensuring the sustainability of the results achieved in the framework of the Twinning project and expressed the readiness of the European side to fully support the State Border Guard Service in further implementation of the processes in the area of integrated border management after the completion of the project, thereby contributing to improve the border control system, including IT-systems, as well as bringing legislation on integrated border management in line with the EU standards.

During the workshop, the main quantitative indicators of the project implementation during 2016-2018 were presented, in particular, 46 events were held (in the framework of Component 1 - 23, Component 2 - 15, Compton 3 - 8); 11 weekly trainings were organized, in framework of which about 600 military personnel of the State Border Service increased their qualifications and received appropriate certificates. As a result of training activities, the authorities of the State Border Guard Service detected approximately 500 stolen motor vehicles and above 2000 forged documents.

At the same time, during the event, the leaders of the components from Germany, Poland and Lithuania, Frank Goerke, Wojciech Pempko and Eugenijus Liubenka presented the national bilateral action plans for 2019 and discussed the possibilities of further support of the State Border Guard Service to European partners for the implementation of legislative, institutional, technical recommendations, organizational improvement of operative-service activity of the State Border Guard Service.

Experts of the Twinning Project for the State Border Guard Service of the European Union Member States, Office of the European Union Advisory Mission, representatives of the Administration of State Border Guard Service of Ukraine and the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine and others took part in the event.

On behalf of the Center for Adaptation of the Civil Service to the Standards of the European Union the Deputy Head of the Projects Management Unit Inna Bielobratova and the Chief Specialist of the Twinning Coordination Division of the Project Management Unit Sofiia Zvarych attended the event.

For reference:

according to the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ukraine “On Approval of the Procedure for Initiation, Preparation and Implementation of the Twinning Projects” as of 11 October, 2016 No 700 (in the wording of the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ukraine as of August 22, 2018 No 663) the National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service coordinates the implementation of the institution building instrument of the European Union Twinning in Ukraine. Furthermore, in accordance with relevant legal acts the National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service is the coordinator of institution building instrument TAIEX implementation in Ukraine. In order to provide effective coordination of Twinning and TAIEX the Twinning Program Administration Office in Ukraine was established, its functions are performed by the Center for Adaptation of the Civil Service to the Standards of the European Union.

The project “Support to the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine for the further Development of Integrated Border Management Approaches for Travel Document Verification and Stolen Motor Vehicles Detection”  is implemented by the Administration of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine in cooperation with the Federal Police Service of Germany, the State Border Guard Service under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania and the Border Guard Service of Poland.

The goal of the project is strengthening the capacity of the State Border Guard Service in illegal migration prevention and corruption counteraction, to facilitate the effective implementation of the integrated border management system in accordance with the best EU standards and practices.

The project covers the following 3 components:

  • Component 1 - assistance in monitoring and evaluating the new Integrated Border Management Strategy and implementation of the Activity Plan;
  • Component 2 - improvement of the Border Control System, including the IT system, in accordance with EU standards and practices.
  • Component 3 - approximation of national legislation and practice in the field of detection of stolen cars to EU standards.

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