XIX BSRBCC Heads Conference

The XIX BSRBCC Heads Conference (Conference) of the Baltic Sea Region Border Control Cooperation (BSRBCC) took place in Jūrmala, Latvia on 5 – 7 December 2016. The Meeting was attended by 36 participants from 9 countries: Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia (State Border Guard – Presidency, Ministry of the Interior, State Police), Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, and Sweden. Moreover, leaders with accompanying officials of CBSS Secretariat and the FRONTEX Agency attended the conference.

The conference has been arranged as the final activity of Latvian Presidency in BSRBCC, in the framework of which State Border Guard of Latvia has hold 16 measures – two BSRBCC Secretariat meetings, two Baltic Border Committee meetings, two risks assessment meetings, two joint operations in the Baltic Sea basin “Baltic Tracking 2016” and “Baltic Dart 2016”, tactical training “Ronis 2016”, as well as a number of events for experience exchange among staff of agencies of BSRBCC countries in the field of documents security, detection of stolen vehicles, technical innovations in sea border surveillance, inspection of vessels, and use of service aviation.

During BSRBCC Latvian Presidency in 2016 continuous discussion among the BSRBCC Member States has been held on improvement of exchange of information via CoastNet system, enhancement of cooperation among the BSRBCC Member States and ther regional security platforms, such as the Baltic Sea TASK FORCE, with the aim to reduce potential cross-border threats.

Finalizing the conference, Acting Chief of the State Border Guard of Latvia Mr. Juris Martukāns and Mr. Māris Domiņš, Head of BSRBCC 2016 Latvian presidency Secretariat / Chief of the International Cooperation Division of the State Border Guard of Latvia, symbolically handed over BSRBCC Presidency to delegation of Norway.