Improvement of Ukraine – Poland border surveillance system (Northern segment)
4.2 Improvement of border management operations, customs and visas procedures.
Administration of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine (Kyiv, Ukraine)
Lutsk Border Guard Detachment of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine (Volyn Oblast, Ukraine)
Nadbużański Border Guard Regional Unit of the Republic of Poland (Lubelskie Voivodeship, Poland)
Polish Border Guard Headquarters (Mazowieckie Voivodeship, Poland)
The illegal border crossing and similar forms of crimes are the main problems of the external border of the European Union in the eastern part of Poland. The suspect activity at the Polish-Ukrainian border can take a form of illegal traffic, changing tactics of criminals and new methods of smuggling, such as the use of small aircraft, flying low, beyond the reach of radars. Insufficient technical means of early detection causes not effective way of eradicating such cases.
The IBSSNorth project objective, similar to IBSSSouth, is to strengthen the safety and protection of the Polish-Ukrainian border by the use of effective surveillance methods, but on the other part of the border region. The modern equipment providing high-level monitoring of the state border and timely information about illegal attempts of crossing would facilitate it. The IBSSNorth involves partners from both countries and is addressed to the Border Guard Units in the central part of Poland (Lubelskie Voivodeship), and the northern part of Ukraine (Volyn Oblast). Within the project, the Nadbużański Border Guard Regional Unit (PL) will be equipped with 17 cooled thermal cameras, 22 portable radiotelephones and a thermographic camera for a drone. The Lutsk Border Guard Detachment (UA) will purchase 8 patrol vehicles, 3 thermographic complexes and 148 radio stations. The partners will also conduct trainings and meetings on the effectiveness of information exchange and organization of the joint patrolling as well as promotion on both sides of the border.
The local inhabitants are the group, who will benefit the most from the IBSSNorth project’s implementation – their sense of security will increase significantly. The added value will be the growth of tourism and better business opportunities at the regional level. The joint project implementation by the border guard service staff from both countries will not only improve the efficiency of their operations but also strengthen the partnership and cooperation between Poland and Ukraine.
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