The Eap-IBM Capacity Building Project

IBM is the template for border management that has been adopted by the European Union for the management of its own external borders, and also the model the EU recommends to the countries of the Eastern Partnership (EaP): Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

The Eastern Partnership (EaP) Integrated Border Management (IBM) Capacity Building Project is a European Union-funded project that is part of the EaP/IBM Flagship Initiative. It supports the implementation of IBM across borders in the six EaP countries according to European best practices. The project, to be carried out from 2014-17, will focus on capacity building and enhancing the training capacities of the immediate project beneficiaries – the national agencies in each EaP country that are involved in border management, such as border police and customs. Those who will ultimately benefit from improved border management include travellers and commercial operators crossing borders, as well as people in need of special protection such as asylum seekers, potential victims of human trafficking, and unaccompanied minors.

The overall objective of the project, therefore, is to facilitate the movement of persons and goods across borders in the six EaP countries, while at the same time maintaining secure borders through the enhancement of cooperation at national, cross-border and international levels.

The specific objectives of the project are:

  • To contribute to the establishment of a modern training system in the six beneficiary countries according to EU best practices;
  • To enhance operational capacities by providing operational and country specific capacity building activities on specified topics based on needs identified by the beneficiary institutions;
  • To support the improvement of border crossing by traders, freight forwarders and passengers;
  • To support to the fight against corruption in the six EaP countries;
  • To support the improvement of the respect for human rights for persons crossing borders;
  • Where applicable to contribute to a smooth operationalization of visa liberalisation.

The project is implemented by Frontex – the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union – in cooperation with the World Customs Organization (WCO), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD). It is the first time that Frontex has implemented a technical assistance project in third (non EU) countries.