On 1 June, the EU-funded project “Strengthening surveillance and bilateral coordination capacity along the common border between Belarus and Ukraine, SURCAP Phase II” launched the common contact point “Pinsk-Zhytomyr” in the Belarusian city of Pinsk. The ceremony to launch the contact point was attended by representatives of the border agencies of the Republic of Belarus and Ukraine, the EU Delegation in Belarus, the IOM Mission in Belarus and the media.
The common contact point is one of the key elements of the integrated border management (IBM) system, aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of border control and combating transnational threats. Immediate information exchange and the possibility to organise both audio- and videoconferences will allow quick responses to emerging threats to ensure border security in the region.
The international technical assistance project “Strengthening surveillance and bilateral coordination capacity along the common border between Belarus and Ukraine, SURCAP Phase II” was implemented during the period from April 2014 until March 2017 with a total budget of EUR 5,350,000 for two countries.
As well as establishing the common contact point, the project purchased equipment for state border services, in particular off-road cars, motorcycles, boats and radio communication centres, and organised joint Belarusian-Ukrainian study trips to EU countries and educational seminars.