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Strengthening the cross-border police cooperation in the Baltic sea region

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2020 10 08

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With the closing conference held on 8- 9 October, the Lithuanian Police together with the respective institutions of Latvia, Estonia, Poland and Finland has officially ended the project ,,Strengthening the cross-border police cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region” (Project No. HOME/ /2017/ISFP/AG/SCHEN/818468).

The Lithuanian Police together with the partners from  Voivodship Headquarters of the Police in Białystok, the Latvian State Police, the Estonian Police and Border Guard as well as the Finish National Police Board has jointly implemented this 18 months project and faced COVID-19 related challenges. The latter resulted the necessity to prolong initial implementation period to 24 months upon the agreement of all partners and the European Commission.

As the chosen title already suggests, this project was aimed at reinforcing the ongoing cross-border police cooperation between the five Baltic Sea region countries. The project aims were fully achieved through 5 project components and a number of activities.  As a result, existing legal framework for cooperation was reviewed and suggestion for necessary amendments introduced to eliminate both legal and practical obstacles for effective partnership. Moreover, partners have developed the joint-threat analysis mechanism to identify and timely address the inter-regional threats. By relying on innovative training solutions, the partners have reviewed existing training programmes for target group police officers and other police employees and arranged number of training in a frame of this project. Finally, algorithms for better reaction to cross-border security threats including temporary reintroduction of internal border control were drafted.

The partners shared their experience and results during overall project implementation period and discussed further integration of those results for benefit of their entities and officers.