4.2 Improvement of border management operations, customs and visas procedures.
Administration of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine (Kyiv, Ukraine)
Mostysk Border Guard Detachment of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine (Lviv Oblast, Ukraine)
Bieszczadzki Border Guard Regional Unit of the Republic of Poland (Podkarpackie Voivodeship, Poland)
Polish Border Guard Headquarters (Mazowieckie Voivodeship, Poland)
The Polish-Ukrainian frontier forms the eastern external border of the European Union which makes it particularly vulnerable to illegal activity. Nowadays, the border guard units are facing new methods of smuggling and migration across the border using sophisticated, technical appliances, such as small aircraft flying at low altitudes – up to 1.5 km, which is beyond the reach of radars. At the moment, there is no effective way of counteracting such practices, as they are beyond border control areas. The usage of mobile thermo-vision complexes is one of the possibilities of early detecting small aircraft and other illegal objects.
The IBSSSouth project will ensure efficient and up-to-date monitoring of the Polish-Ukrainian border for better crime protection through high-level surveillance systems. Within its activities, the Mostyska Border Guard Department from Ukraine (Lviv Oblast) will be accessorized with 8 patrol vehicles, 3 mobile thermal vision complexes and 111 portable, automobile and stationary radio stations. In Poland, the Bieszczadzki Border Guard Regional Unit (Podkarpackie Voivodeship) will purchase 3 optical-electronic surveillance systems, 7 thermal cameras and the perimeter protection tools. New equipment in both countries will ensure timely and rapid information about illegal incidents enabling fast counteracting cross-border crime. The project will also facilitate the legalization of small enterprises and foster legal cross-border trade. In addition, the partners will conduct meetings, trainings and joint patrolling to ensure closer cooperation between the border service units, a better understanding of procedures as well as the exchange of knowledge and experiences.
Prevention of border crimes shall have a positive impact on the citizens of the region. In a longer perspective, it will stimulate economic growth based on equal opportunities in trade, production and tourism. Modern surveillance system will create conditions allowing fast and efficient management on both sides of the Polish-Ukrainian border opening the way to the EU.
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