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31 May 2019, 12:30

EU to allocate €3.5m for Urbany-Silene border checkpoint upgrade project

MINSK, 31 May (BelTA) – Plans are in place to install an X-ray cargo inspection system, reconstruct and expand the road between the Belarusian border checkpoint Urbany and Latvia's Silene. The corresponding grant contract on the international technical aid project was signed by the State Customs Committee of Belarus and Latvia's Ministry of Interior, BelTA learned from the press service of the State Customs Committee.

The project envisages reconstruction of engineering communications, construction of roads to cross the border on foot, improvements to traffic management infrastructure.

The project was launched on 25 May. The EU's contribution will make up about €3.5 million.

The leading beneficiary of the project is the State Customs Committee of Belarus. It will be implemented jointly with the Vitebsk customs house and the SJSC “State Real Estate” (Latvia) under the Cross-Border Cooperation Program Latvia-Lithuania-Belarus for 2014-2020 of the European Neighborhood Instrument.

“The project is designed to strengthen security at the Belarusian-Latvian border, improve the efficiency of customs control, and create comfortable conditions for border crossing,” the press service noted.

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