Iryna Sushko, executive director of Europe Without Barriers NGO, is included to the Inter-Agency Working Group on the Integrated Border Management during its first meeting.
The participants have supported this decision, the Government Portal informs.
The Inter-Agency Working Group is expected to draft integrated border management strategy by the end of June and submit it to the government for its consideration, Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, the head of the Group and the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, said. For this purpose, ten ministries and central executive authorities dealing with border management should submit their proposals on the future document draft.
At its first meeting, the working group has also approved a framework for action in the realm of integrated border management. In addition, it has approved the structure of the future National Strategy and Action Plan for its implementation.
The group includes Petro Tsygykal, Head of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine; Oleksandr Vlasov, acting Head of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine; Oleksandr Panchenko, Head of the international and European integration department, administration of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine; the representatives of Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Infrastructure, State Service for Food Safety and Consumer Protection, State Migration Service, Security Service, National Security and Defense Council; as well as EU representatives – Annika Weidemann, deputy head of EU Delegation to Ukraine, Frank Paul, the Support Group for Ukraine, Goetz Brinkmann, head of International and European Cooperation Unit, Frontex (European Border and Coast Guard Agency), Antti Hartikainen, the director general of the Finnish Customs and team leader for the EU Advisory Group.
The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted resolution no. 83 called “On the establishment of the Inter-Agency Working Group on the Integrated Border Management” on January 30.
EU representatives (Twinning project) and Europe Without Barriers NGO had recommended to establish this group in their analytical materials.