On October 11-12, 2017 representatives of the Customs agencies of the Republic of Belarus and Ukraine met in Gomel within the EU-funded project “Introduction of an automated intelligent video-control system at the road border crossing point Novaya Huta – Novi Yarylovychi at the Belarus-Ukraine frontier (IVCO)”.
The specialists of the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Belarus (SCC), the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine (SFSU), invited technical experts and representatives of the International Organization for Migration discussed the activities planned within the project.
Among the issues of the meeting agenda of the Working Group meeting were the issues of modernization needs assessment of the targeted border crossing points (BCP) and agreement on new control systems introduction. The specialists discussed technical requirements to new video and weight control systems, technical specifications of the equipment necessary to modernize BCP, requirements related to installation procedures and further exploitation, work on infrastructure improvement.
The experts also agreed on te common view of SCC and SFSU on the opportunity of functional expansion of the information exchange system PRINEX. With a view to analyze current infrastructure, systems operated and procedures applied at the place of the IVCO project implementation the participants also visited the BCP “Novaya Huta” and the BCP “Novi Yarylovychi”.
The European Union-funded IVCO project is being implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The project activities include regular cross-border meetings and operation of expert working groups to strengthen coordination and cooperation, procurement of equipment, IT hardware and software, construction as well as professional development training and study visit for staff of the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Belarus and the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine, including customs officers performing their regular duties at Novaya Huta – Novi Yarylovychi border crossing point (BCP) at the common border of Belarus and Ukraine.