PBU

Strengthening the capacity of the dog service of the Customs authorities of the Republic of Belarus and Republic of Poland

Project No

PBU1/0629/16

Thematic objective

BORDERS

Priority

4.2 Improvement of border management operations, customs and visas procedures.

Lead beneficiary

Minsk Central Custom House (Minsk Oblast, Belarus)

Beneficiaries

Revenue Administration Regional Office in Bialystok (Podlaskie Voivodeship, Poland)
Brest Custom House (Brest Oblast, Belarus)
Grodno Regional Custom House (Grodno Oblast, Belarus)
Gomel Custom House (Grodno Oblast, Belarus)
Customs "Minsk-2" (Minsk Oblast, Belarus)
State Customs Committee of the Republic of Belarus (Minsk Oblast, Belarus)

Total budget 221 820 €
Duration 24 months
Programme Contribution 199 638 €

Project description

The project is aimed at solving cross-border problems: damping criminal activity in sphere of illegal migration, smuggling and human trafficking at the Belarusian-Polish border. Customs institutions in the project successfully use specially trained sniffer dogs. Further cooperation of cynological services will lead to effective use of sniffer dogs, developing methods of training and to increasing the overall safety of population on the Programme area. Equipment of dog handlers with specialized vehicles (10 vehicles) and experience exchange trainings (2 trainings) will increase technical and personnel capacity of officials at the Polish-Belarusian border. Special vehicles will allow fast transportation of dog handlers with sniffer dogs to places of inspection where there is an urgent need for them. The vehicles will also allow dog handlers and sniffer dogs to perform educational work aimed at fighting spread of drugs among the young population of the region. Intensity of goods movement between the EU and Belarus requires increase of customs procedures effectiveness by faster and safer border crossing. Customs control with use of sniffer dogs will reduce time for passengers and goods spent on customs clearance.

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