The opening ceremony of the international technical assistance project was held today at checkpoints “Urbany”- “ Silene”
Today the launch of a major infrastructure project of international technical assistance "Modernization of the border crossing point Urbany-Silene (Latvia-Belarus)" took place at the Belarusian-Latvian border on the territory of the border crossing
The project is implemented within the framework of the Latvia-Lithuania-Belarus 2014-2020 European Neighborhood Instrument cross-border cooperation program.
Today the opening ceremony was held at “Urbany” and “Selene” with the participation of representatives of the State customs Committee of the Republic of Belarus, Vitebsk customs and SJSC "State real estate" (Latvia).
The project is implemented by the State customs Committee of the Republic of Belarus, Vitebsk customs and SJSC "State real estate" (Latvia).
The total project budget is € 5.08 million (11,9 million BYN).
The project is financed by the European Union with co-financing of the Belarusian and Latvian sides. The European Union's contribution to the project is € 4.57 million (10,7 million BYN), including € 3.5 million (8,2 million BYN) for the Republic of Belarus.
Currently, the roadway between the road checkpoints "Urbany" and "Silene" has only 2 lanes (1 lane to enter the Republic of Belarus, 1 lane to leave the Republic of Belarus), which leads to the effect of "bottle throat". As part of the project, the expansion of the roadway between checkpoints to 3 lanes separated by a footpath in each direction (1 lane for trucks, 1 lane for cars/buses, 1 lane for emergency / diplomatic transport) plans.
Also, within the framework of the project, the Belarusian side plans to build a stationary X-ray inspection complex for scanning vehicles in the road checkpoint "Urbany" and equip the checkpoint with other means of customs control.
The use of X-ray inspection system and technology of non-Intrusive customs inspection at "Urbany" will allow to counteract international terrorism and smuggling of weapons, drugs, cigarettes, alcoholic beverages and other goods more effectively. This technology will improve the quality of customs control and reduce the time for customs control operations. The use of X-ray inspection system will reduce the time of customs inspection of vehicles from 3 hours (in general) to 10 minutes.
The implementation of this project will help to increase the transit attractiveness of the Republic of Belarus by upgrading the infrastructure of road checkpoints on the State border, optimize the time of crossing the border and expand traffic flows.