New EU-supported project to make crossing Ukraine-Moldova border easier for more than three million people each year

New EU-supported project to make crossing Ukraine-Moldova border easier for more than three million people each year

New EU-supported project to make crossing Ukraine-Moldova border easier for more than three million people each year

The FINANCIAL -- Travellers and traders using the border crossing between Ukraine and Moldova will soon experience shortened queues and waiting times thanks to a new European Union-funded project.

Implemented by the International Organization for Migration, the UN Migration Agency and the EU Border Assistance Mission to Ukraine and Moldova (EUBAM), the project will focus on two border crossing points: Kuchurhan-Pervomaisk and Reni-Giurgiulesti.

The project will support the modernisation of the crossing points and the establishment of a jointly operated-border crossing point regime where Ukrainian and Moldovan border and customs agencies will work “under one roof” on the Ukrainian side of the frontier, according to the EU Neighbours portal.

“The flow through these two border crossing points reaches over three million people and 800,000 vehicles per year,” noted Ambassador Hugues Mingarelli, Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine. “The EU supports Ukraine and Moldova in strengthening the security of their joint border, and we are also working for simpler and faster border crossing for travellers and goods.”

The Kuchurhan-Pervomaisk crossing point, located on the Transnistrian section of the border, is the busiest, with about 1,800 vehicles and 7,300 persons crossing daily. Control is exercised by both Ukrainian and Moldovan authorities on the Ukrainian side.

The Reni-Giurgiulesti crossing point is also one of the busiest, with a high volume of trucks transporting grains for export from Moldova. Several large ports and warehouses are also located nearby.