On 21-27 October 2012 the border guards of Belarus and Ukraine participated in a joint study visit to Spain aimed at examining the country’s experience and best practices in sea border control and management. The visit was carried out within the framework of the EU-IOM project “SURCAP”.
The following issues were studied in course of the visit:
- The structure, objectives, functions and responsibilities of the Spanish Civil Guard in the field of sea border management and protection.
- The experience of the Spanish Civil Guard in the organization and implementation of the sea border protection.
- The experience of Spanish law enforcement agencies with a complex use of diverse forces and tools for implementing sea border control.
- Tactical and technical characteristics of boats used in the sea border control.
- Procedure of using technical means in organization of protection of Spain sea border and a sector of the land border in the town of Ceuta.
In order to obtain knowledge and information on all the issues mentioned above the following Spanish Civil Guard facilities were visited:
- Spanish Civil Guard Head Quarters, located in Madrid, including International Cooperation Department, Customs and Border Control Department, and the National Coordination Center for Integrated External Surveillance;
- State border sector between Spain and Morocco: territorial coast guard service in Algeciras and Tarifa, Gibraltar regional surveillance center, Sierra Carbonera coast surveillance point, and Civil Guards Detachment in Ceuta in charge of management of the land border between Spain and Morocco.