The first round of negotiations on the introduction of joint customs and border controls began in Warsaw (Poland) on 16 November. The first round of the negotiations will last two days, and it is expected to end with the drafting of the basic version of an intergovernmental agreement on joint border and customs controls.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure announced this in a statement, the CFTS portal reports.

"The delegations of Ukraine and the Republic of Poland discussed the draft of an intergovernmental agreement on joint control of persons, vehicles, and goods at joint checkpoints," the statement said.

The draft agreement should outline the procedures and rules for the operations of joint border crossings, the sharing of information between control agencies, combating illegal migration, the conduct of joint patrols, as well as the possibility of Ukrainian and Polish border and customs control agencies delegating (transferring) their official powers and functions to each other.

Introduction of joint customs and border controls will simplify and speed up border crossings for international carriers and individuals, the statement said.

The Ukrainian delegation includes representatives of the State Customs and Border Service, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and the Ukrainian embassy in Poland.