On November 10th 2016 the Administration of the State Boarder Guard Service of Ukraine hosted a meeting of the Virtual Contact Analytical Center summarizing yearly activities for 2016 in which the following participants took part: the European experts of the Twinning project, the representatives of EUAM and subjects of the IBM (Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Ministry of the Foreign Affairs, Ministry of the Internal Affairs, Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine, the National Guard of Ukraine, the State Security Service of Ukraine, the National Police of Ukraine, the State Migration Service, the State Fiscal Service). In addition, the meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine and the Embassy of Germany in Ukraine.
During the meeting the indicators of the Action Plan for implementation of the Integrated Border Management (IBM) Concept were defined (approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine from 31st of August 2016 № 626-р), the final results of the activities of 2016 were summed up and the areas of further cooperation in 2017 in the framework of IBM Concept realization were discussed.
Besides this, consultations were conducted between the representatives of the National Police, SFS, SMS, MFA and the European experts being involved in the project of international assistance with regards to the IBM Concept realization (approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine from 27th of October 2010 № 2031-р) and the IBM Concept implementation order (approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine from 28th of October 2015 № 1149-р).
It’s worth mentioning that the creation of the Virtual Contact Analytical Center was approved by the Order of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Finance, the State Security Service from 1st of September 2015 № 1050/254/341/749/562 “On approval of the exchange order of the information and analytical materials between the IBM subjects” (registered in the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine from 10th of September 2015 № 1094/27539) within the framework of the IBM Concept implementation (approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine from 28th of October 2015 № 1149-р).
Additionally, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, the National Guard of Ukraine and the National Police of Ukraine are included into the working group of the Center.
The principle directions of the VCAC’s activities are:
Implementation of new approaches towards IBM;
Elaboration of proposals on the improvement of cooperation mechanisms between the IBM subjects;
Exchange of open statistical and analytical information on border security within the timeframes and forms agreed by all the parties;
Joint analytical studies to evaluate threats and risks in the border security sphere and efficiency of Integrated Border Management;
Proposals on concrete steps to establish interagency information exchange between the IBM subjects and its submission to the corresponding agencies’ heads for further approval and proposals’ adjustment, particularly, to meet the requirements of the IBM Concept to create a single information area.
The realization of the European Twinning Project activities will be an asset to the Action Plan implementation on IBM Concept which will support its implementation in Ukraine in practice.