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State Border Guard of the Republic of Latvia in the framework of Presidency of the Baltic Sea Region Border Control Cooperation (BSRBCC) 2016 hosted the Baltic Border Committee II Meeting in Latvia (Riga) on 12–14 October 2016. The Meeting was attended by 19 participants from 8 countries: Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Sweden; Baltic Sea Task Force, and CBSS Secretariat.
The agenda of the meeting covered following issues: implementation of the BSRBCC Action Plan for 2016 (including reporting on completed Baltic Dart Operation and international training at sea RONIS 2016); planning for the 4th quarter of the year; core of preparation of the Annual Threat Assessment Report; discussion on further functioning of the CoastNet as a platform for information exchange between BSRBCC partners, as well as preparing the BSRBCC Head’s Conference. The Action Plan for 2017 was presented by a representative of the upcoming Norwegian Presidency in 2017.
Additionally the JATOC Project (co-funded by the CBSS PSF) was presented by a representative of the Latvian Police and the attendees discussed the project’s objectives and impact on improving cooperation between various authorities responsible for border security and public order.
In the course of the meeting there were presented FRONTEX operational activities in 2016, as well as CBSS activities in the area of civil security, in particular in relation to law enforcement cooperation, combating serious and organized crime.
Furthermore, representatives of Russian Chairmanship of the Baltic Sea Task Force on Organized Crime (BSTF) informed the participants about key achievements of the network during 2015-16 and the state of play regarding a prolongation of the BSTF mandate for the period 2017 – 2020. The upcoming Latvian Chairmanship of the BSTF presented its working plan for the 2017 – 2018.