On 20 - 22 April, 2016, in Riga the State Border Guard organized the 1st Annual Threat Assessment Seminar in the framework of Baltic Sea Region Border Control Cooperation (BSRBCC) Action Plan for 2016 of Latvian presidency.
During the meeting the discussions took place on the following issues:
- Member institutions' efforts to restrict illegal immigration and cross-border crime in 2015-2016,
trends and threats.
- Information about the latest trends (modus operandi) regarding the illegal immigration,
impact of the refugee crisis.
- Measures taken by the Member States and its results fighting the illegal immigration; strengthening
the external borders; abolition of the border checks at the internal borders, joint operations,
information exchange, changes in the staff area (short presentation of each Member State).
- The major risks on the sea area.
- Joint Operations.
- The exchange of reports on the situation in the Baltic Sea region.
- BALANCE project recommendations and future prospects.
- Proposals for the creation of a new format of ATA (Annual Threat Assessment).
- AD-HOC operations in the framework of the BSRBCC.
Representatives from following countries and agencies attended the meeting: Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland and Sweden, as well as representatives of the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union (FRONTEX), the Baltic Sea States Council Secretariat (CBSS) and the Belarussian Border Committee.
BSRBCC is an international forum established in 1997 following the initiative of the Border Guard of Finland by uniting border control services of all Baltic Sea region countries. BSRBCC Member States are: Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Russia, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia, while Iceland is an observer of the cooperation forum.