EaP-IBM Capacity Building project: the results

A proper implementation of IBM means, ultimately, the provision of both service and security to travellers and traders, and its success hinges on effective coordination and cooperation at three different levels: intra-agency, inter-agency, and international.

To summarise a number of tools or approaches, a few common examples of how such cooperation might occur are in relation to:

  • the exchange of information
  • development of trust
  • pooling of expertise
  • storing of data
  • exchange of ideas and experience
  • capacity building and best practices
  • fostering of good relations among border agencies
  • a common approach to educational curricula
  • harmonised standards and procedures
  • conducting of joint operations
  • jointly operated border crossing points (agencies of neighbouring countries performing their duties at one location)

An integrated border management system, the realisation of which this project is contributing to, should therefore result in:

  • Enhanced professionalism of border, customs and law-enforcement personnel
  • Improved security at borders in the six EaP countries and the EU
  • Improved cooperation and coordination among project beneficiaries
  • Greater efficiency at border crossings for travellers, regular migrants and traders
  • Increased capacity to counter cross-border crime
  • Better mechanisms in place to protect vulnerable individuals such as asylum seekers and victims of trafficking in human beings
  • Decreased corruption at the border