A delegation of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine (SBGSU) headed by Maj Gen Yuriy Lysiuk, deputy head of the Border Guard Directorate—head of the Border Control Department, visited Lithuania on 15 to 20 May 2017. The visit was organised by the State Border Guard Service (SBGS) under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania in the framework of the EU Twinning Project Support to the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine in further development of IBM approaches for travel document verification and stolen motor vehicles detection where the SBGS partners with German and Polish agencies.
The programme started when Mr. Lysiuk and four more SBGSU staff officials visited the central body of the SBGS in Vilnius where they met SBGS Deputy Commander Col Antanas Montvydas and were offered an overview of SBGS activities, risk analysis and information systems.
The visit continued with presentation of SBGS activities and border control procedures at the Vilnius International Airport, Medininkai Border Crossing Point (road) and Kena Railway Station. The delegation held meetings with representatives of the Police Department and Information Technology and Communication Department under the Ministry of the Interior.
A two year-long facility benefiting SBGSU bodies, the Twinning Project commenced in September 2016, with Germany responsible for the integrated border management component, Lithuania for the counterfeit travel document identification component and Poland for the stolen vehicle identification component.
The counterfeit travel document identification component embraces border checks regulation in Ukraine, including application of information technology, processing of electronic (biometric) documents, and legal, technological and functional perspectives of use of such border checks systems as the SIS, VIS, Eurodac etc.
Lithuania’s involvement is sub-divided into such sub-components as compatibility of the advance passenger information (API) system with relevant systems in Member States, identification of relevant solutions, enhancement of counterfeit document identification capability, preparation of a strategy, training in general document-related issues, and advanced training and study visits of document experts.
SBGSU staff in general is to receive instruction in verification of documents, and their document experts will go through advance training in examination of travel documents. The plan is furthermore to improve SBGSU staff skills in prevention of illegal migration, and traveller profiling and risk analysis in relation to counterfeit documents and stolen vehicles.
The component is implemented in Ukraine by SBGS and Lithianian Police staff with extensive expertise in document examination, border checks, information technology, risk analysis, and prevention of illegal migration.
European Commission-funded Twinning Programme is designed to support cooperation of partner public agencies of Member States and third countries, enhance administrative capacity of beneficiaries, and help them implement reforms.