The Eastern Partnership (EaP) Integrated Border Management (IBM) Capacity Building Project prepared a third interim report to summarise the main activities undertaken between July 2016 and June 2017, as well as objectives achieved during the period. This European Union-funded project supports the implementation of IBM across borders in six EaP countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. It focuses on enhancing the training capacities of the national agencies in EaP countries that are involved in border management, such as border police and customs services. The Project's overall objective is to facilitate the movement of persons and goods across borders in EaP countries, while at the same time maintaining secure borders through the enhancement of cooperation at the national, cross-border and international levels.
During the reporting period, 41 activities were completed, which included 25 regional and national trainings (18 in EaP countries and seven in EU Member States), four field visits carried out by Frontex experts, two study visits to Poland and Portugal, seven project-related meetings and three other activities. A total of 365 officers were trained, comprising 177 border guards and 188 customs officers.
Taking into account all implemented activities since the start of the Project as well as the number of trained officials, upgraded national training programmes and translated documents and manuals, the main objectives have been achieved. Following the Project's trainings, procedures at Border Crossing Points (BCPs) have become faster and waiting times shorter, increasing the satisfaction of bona fide travellers, trade forwarders and economic/commercial operators. Other achievements include updating national training programmes with Common Core Curriculum (CCC) modules, improved cooperation between national agencies and at the international level, as well as an increased number of recorded treatments against persons in need of protection. The Project also helped develop anti-corruption recommendations for border guards and customs officials, and led to anti-corruption and fundamental rights aspects being incorporated in national training activities as a cross-cutting element.
The EaP IBM Capacity Building Project, initially scheduled to run through July 2017, has been prolonged as no-cost extension until December 2018, is implemented by Frontex in cooperation with the World Customs Organization (WCO), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD).