March 28, 2017
Ambassador Yovanovitch took part in the ceremonial launch of a new project designed to improve services provided to travelers and prevent corruption at the border crossing points. The New Face of the Border Project is jointly implemented by the State Border Guard Service (SBGS), the INL Office of the U.S. Embassy, and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Together with Ukrainian Prime Minister Groysman, Minister of Internal Affairs Avakov, SBGS Chief Nazarenko, and IOM-Kyiv Senior Program Coordinator Alessia Schiavon, Ambassador Yovanovitch underscored our joint commitment to reform and congratulated SBGS personnel on this new effort to “eradicate corruption through a transparent and competitive hiring process and to make these border check-points efficient, one-stop shops.” The project will first be piloted at the Boryspil International Airport in Kyiv and the Krakovets border crossing point. Ambassador Yovanovitch also commended the SBGS for using the same transparent procedures to vet and select personnel for their Internal Investigation Unit and for setting up a new Polygraph Unit to support the vetting and recruitment within the new project. She congratulated the graduates of the Polygraph Examiner training course, and presented four new Polygraph machines to this new unit.