On the threshold of the IIHF World Championship, which Belarus will host on 9-25 May 2014, border control and the provision of free but secure entry to the country for thousands of ice hockey fans is a crucial issue for the Belarusian border guards. In order to assist the State Border Committee of Belarus in preparing for this major event, the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) is holding a national workshop in Minsk, Belarus, on 25 September 2013.
During the workshop, international experts from the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union (Frontex), the State Border Guards of Poland and the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine will share their experience of preparing for and carrying out the Euro Cup 2012. The workshop will focus on topics ranging from risk analysis and border surveillance during such events to case studies on accidents with fans, etc.
Providing such a tailor-made training became possible due to the EU-funded project “Strengthening surveillance capacity on the green and blue border between the Republic of Belarus and Ukraine”- SURCAP. The project is being implemented by the International Organization on Migration (IOM) in partnership with ICMPD, who is responsible for the training component. The overall objective of the SURCAP project is to increase overall security at the Belarusian-Ukrainian common border with the specific objective of strengthening surveillance capacity at the green and blue border between Belarus and Ukraine. Project beneficiaries are border guard agencies from Belarus and Ukraine.
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