What is integrated border management?

This electronic collection is a consolidated source of the current legal and regulatory framework of Ukraine and respective European and international practice in the area of integrated border management (IBM). Integrated border management is defined as national and international coordination and cooperation among all relevant authorities and agencies involved in border security and trade facilitation to establish effective, efficient and coordinated management in order to reach the objective of open, but well controlled and secure border of the state.

According to the Guidelines for Integrated Border Management in European Commission External Cooperation, the concept of IBM is based on three key levels of constant cooperation and coordination:

Intra-service cooperation

Inter-agency cooperation

International cooperation

The security of the country, the development of its economy and human potential depend on the effectiveness of state border management. Building an efficient system of state border management will contribute to cross-border cooperation, increase in revenues of national and local budgets, tourism and simplification of other forms of legal movement of persons, services and goods. At the same time, state borders should be closed to all types of illegal activities that threaten the stability of the country.

Integrated border management in Ukraine is a coordinated activity of the competent state bodies and military formations, aimed at creating and maintaining a balance between ensuring the appropriate level of border security and keeping the state border open for legal cross-border cooperation and travelling.

The IBM subjects in Ukraine are: Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Infrastructure, Ministry of Finance, State Border Guard Service, State Migration Service, State Customs Service, Security Service of Ukraine, National Police, National Guard, State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Protection, Armed Forces (Air Force and Navy). They interact at the intra-service, inter-agency, state and international levels to achieve the goals of state policy in the field of IBM.

The Integrated Border Management Strategy of Ukraine up to 2025 was adopted by the Cabinet of Ministers on 24 July 2019.

Prepared within the framework of the project “EU Support to Strengthening Integrated Border Management in Ukraine – Resilience (EU4IBM-Resilience)” is funded by the European Union, and implemented by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development. The project aims at building the resilience of the Ukrainian border management agencies during wartime, as well as at supporting further reforms to approximate the border management system of Ukraine to the EU standards in line with the Integrated Border Management Strategy of Ukraine. The project runs from December 2022 until May 2024.

The views expressed in this collection do not necessarily reflect the official position of the European Union.

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