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Support to Ukrainian customs in the fight against drug trafficking

September 30, 2016

The EU Advisory Mission to Ukraine (EUAM) held two two-day training sessions for 50 customs officers this week to strengthen Ukraine’s State Fiscal Service in their efforts to detect and analyse drugs and their precursors. The training was focused on risk assessments and introducing new detection techniques at borders. EUAM also donated 323 drug detection kits to assist customs officers in their work.


“As a result of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement signed with the EU, Ukraine’s economy is expected to become increasingly integrated with the rest of Europe. Inevitably, criminals will also try and take advantage of the increased opportunities for trade to carry out illegal activities. We therefore welcome the fact that the State Fiscal Service has asked for international assistance to tackle the problem of smuggling of drugs, weapons and people,” said Anastasia Zavada, Customs Services Officer at EUAM.


The graduates of the course, mostly mid-level managers, chief and senior inspectors in units counteracting drugs trafficking and smuggling of weapons, will now pass on their knowledge to their colleagues.


The EUAM is a non-executive mission of the European Union. It aims to assist the Ukrainian authorities in the sustainable reform of the civilian security sector through strategic advice and hands-on support for specific reform measures based on EU standards and international principles of good governance and human rights. (EU Neighbourhood Info)


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EUAM website


EU Delegation - Ukraine


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