Black and Baltic Sea border agencies to jointly counter security threats
Published in PoliticsTuesday, 03 May 2016 15:01
Border officials from Ukraine, Turkey, Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Moldova, Poland and Latvia participated in a conference for border control agencies from the Baltic-Black Sea region, which was held in the south Ukrainian city of Odessa on 28 April. The event discussed the countries’ cooperation towards preventing the uncontrolled expansion of the migration crisis along the EU’s eastern borders.
Representatives of the EU agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union (Frontex), EU Assistance Mission (EUAM) in Ukraine, EU Border Assistance Mission to Ukraine and Moldova (EUBAM), as well as International Organisation for Migration attended the conference.
“Improving regional border management and customs cooperation increases security and helps to fight organised cross-border crime such as trafficking in human beings, arms and drugs and contributes to preventing and managing irregular migration,” Andrew Tesoriere, Head of EUBAM, said. “Events like this allow the Black and Baltic Sea border agencies to share best practices and jointly strategies in order to better meet future needs and scenarios,” he added.
In conclusion, the event participants endorsed a communiqué highlighting the importance of introducing the key principles of Integrated Border Management, strengthening information exchange and operational coordination. They also stressed the need to create a joint risk analysis mechanism in the Black and Baltic Seas format to effectively counteract traditional and emerging illegal activities, EUBAM said in its press release on 29 April.