KIEV, May 15. /TASS/. European Union specialists may be involved in the training of Ukraine’s Interior Ministry personnel and in joint patrolling, the ministry's press service said on Friday after a meeting of its representatives with EU officials.
"The meeting participants discussed the possibility of deploying additional offices of the EU in Ukraine’s regions for the training of personnel - namely, mid-level executives and senior executives. As a separate issue the sides discussed the possibility of joint patrols and training of personnel through the establishment of a training centre," the press service said.
The Interior Ministry cited as an example of its cooperation with the EU the joint training of Polish and Ukrainian border guards in Lvov.
The meeting participants also raised the issue of improving cooperation with the EU advisory mission. In particular, they discussed the possibility of expanding the strategic and tactical mission capabilities in assisting the Ukrainian Interior Ministry in the reform process.
The European Union Advisory Mission for Civilian Security Sector Reform Ukraine (EUAM Ukraine) is a civilian mission under the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy. EUAM Ukraine is a non-executive, unarmed, civilian mission supporting, advising and mentoring the relevant Ukrainian actors on the civilian security sector reform at a strategic level.
Ukraine was represented at the meeting by Deputy Interior Minister for European integration Tigran Avakyan and head of the ministry's public security department Vladimir Grinyak. The EU was represented by Maciej Popowski, Deputy Secretary General for the European External Action Service (EAS), head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Jan Tombinski and others.