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VNR: Moldoa/Ukraine: EU beefs up its EUBAM mission (short version)
More than 100 EU border management experts are now helping their Moldovan and Ukrainian counterparts eradicate smuggling along the border with Transnistria, a 500 kilometre strip of Moldovan territory running along the Ukrainian border, which is a self-proclaimed republic not recognized by the international community.
When Romania joins the EU, this territory, seen as a haven for traffickers, will be right on the EU’s doorstep. This is why the EU is so keen on normalizing the situation here, first by drying up the sources of illegal revenues for Transnistria, arising from border smuggling. This is precisely the mission of EUBAM – the EU Border Assistance Mission to Ukraine and Moldova. They are here to help Ukrainians and Moldavians upgrade their border management, according to EU standards. Since beginning of July 2006, the mission is extended with more staff and more field offices.
The VNR shows pictures of the EUBAM mission at work along the Transnistrian border: with various border checks, vehicle checks and train checks. The film also follow their work in the port of Odessa, the major point of entry for goods on their way to Transnistria. Finally it proposes aerial shots of border crossing points.