BBC I - meeting
On March 9-11, 2016 the State Border Guard of Latvia organized the 1st meeting of the BBC (Baltic Border Committee) under the umbrella of the Latvian BSRBCC (Baltic Sea Region Border Control Cooperation)
During the meeting the following main issues were discussed:
Update of the Latvian BSRBCC Presidency Plan 2016;
Agreement on the exchange of information between the BSRBCC Member States
(Memorandum of Understanding);
FRONTEX operational activities in 2016;
Interaction between BSRBCC and BSTF (Baltic Sea Task Force on Organized Crime);
Improvement of operational cooperation and for the exchange of information.
The meeting was attended by the BSRBCC member states’ representatives from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland and Sweden. As well as a representative from the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union (FRONTEX) and the representatives of the Russian Ministry of the Interior (Chairmanship of the BSTF).
BSRBCC objective is environmental protection and to combat cross-border crime with a certain maritime focus in the Baltic Sea region, by ensuring ongoing cooperation among the countries involved and furthering of the partnership to ensure the efficiency of operations. In this context the representatives of participating authorities will exchange up-to-date operative information, discuss the issues regarding BSRBCC future activities and cooperation.
BSRBCC is an international cooperation established in 1997 following the initiative of the Border Guards 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.
There are 16 events in the Latvian State Border Guard BSRBCC Presidency Plan 2016: meetings of the heads of the participating institutions, 2 meetings of the Secretariat, 2 meetings of the BBC, 2 seminars on risk analysis, 6 seminars (2 of them will be held in Germany and Finland) as well as 3 joint operations.