The opening ceremony of the project of international technical assistance in the BCP “Grigorovshchina” – “Paternieki”
The opening of a large infrastructure project of international technical assistance “Improvement of the infrastructure of the border crossing“Paternieki”(Republic of Latvia) and “Grigorovschina”(Republic of Belarus)” on the Belarusian-Latvian border took place on August 29 in the territory of neighboring countries.
The opening ceremony on the Belarusian side was held in the BCP “Grigorovschina”– “Paternieki” with the participation of:
representatives of the State Joint Stock Company “State Real Estate” (Latvia);
representatives of the Kraslava Municipal Council (Latvia);
representatives of the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Belarus;
representatives of the Vitebsk Custom House.
In March 2015, the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Belarus confirmed its readiness to partner with the State Joint Stock Company “State Real Estate” for the implementation of the international technical assistance project “Improvement of the infrastructure of the border crossing “Paternieki” (Republic of Latvia) and “Grigorovschina”(Republic of Belarus)” in the framework of the European Neighborhood Instrument Cross-Border Cooperation Programme Latvia-Lithuania-Belarus 2014-2020 .
This Programme fosters synergistic partnership of the Latvian, Lithuanian and Belarusian organizations with financial support of the European Union. The strategic goal of the Programme is to strengthen relations, raise capacities and share experience among people and organizations through the implementation of joined actions, which focus on increasing the overall quality of life in the border regions.
By a decision of the European Commission of December 17, 2015, by direct award, the project was approved, and in October 2018 the full application form was approved. The grant contract for the project was signed on May 24, 2019.
The implementation of the project began on May 25, 2019, and its duration willbe 24 months.
The project is carried out by the State Joint-Stock Company State Real Estate (Latvia) together with the Kraslava Municipal Council (Latvia), the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Belarus and Vitebsk Custom House in accordance with the Partnership Agreement signed by all the Beneficiaries on February 25, 2019.
The project is funded by the European Union. The contribution of the European Union is € 3.53 million (8.2 million BYN) , including € 0.6 million (1.4 million BYN) for the Republic of Belarus.
The goal of this project is to increase the efficiency of border crossing at border crossing points on the Belarusian-Latvian state border, and to increase the security of the Belarusian-Latvian state border.
Within the framework of the project, it is planned to conduct 2 training sessions on the exchange of experience for customs officers of the Republic of Belarus and the Republic of Latvia on such topics as: how to stop unauthorized break-through the border, organization of movement, improvement of procedures for screening of the vehicles, organization of effective border crossing procedures for pedestrians.
In addition, it is planned to purchase customs control equipment (stationary and handheld detectors of narcotic and explosive substances, measuring and indicating detector, video endoscopes, arched metal detector, personal video recorders)to solve such problems as the fight against terrorism, the illegal movement of drugs, cold steel and firearms, explosives, and radioactive materials
On August 30, 2019, the first coordination meeting between the project partners in the Kraslava Municipal Counciltook place.During the meeting, the project implementation plan was discussed, as well as the need for synchronization of construction and installation works and problematic moments of the roadway docking.
As a result of the project, the road section between the border crossing point “Paternieki” and “Grigorovschina” will be expanded by increasing the number of lanes in both directions, pedestrian paths are built, and the carrying capacity is increased.
The implementation of this project will contribute to increasing the transit attractiveness of the Republic of Belarus.
This publication was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Belarus and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.