“Cross-Border roads” grant contract has been signed

On 20 June, 2019 Latvia-Russia CBC Programme Managing Authority and Committee for economic development and investment policy of the Pskov region signed the grant contract to implement the project “Improvement of the border crossing approach road Lavry – BCP “Brunishevo” (Cross-border roads). It is one of four direct award projects under Latvia-Russia CBC Programme.

Highly qualified partners with an immediate control of project objects are aiming to continue efforts on improving border crossing experiences of those travelling through the border between Latvia and Russia. During the previous programme period (“Safe road” project co-financed by EstLatRus Programme), the border crossing facilities have been improved at Brunishevo-Pededze border crossing point. However, the desired effect has not been fully reached due to the lack of good connectivity between the key roads and the border crossing point on Russian side.

Two partners from Pskov region, Russia (Committee for economic development and investment policy and Committee for transport and road administration) and one partner from Latvia (State JSC “State Real Estate”) will work as follows:

  • improve 4.224 km of access road to the border crossing point on Russian side (BCP Brunishevo) by arranging hard surface road;
  • enhance information provision to those crossing the border via a targeted info campaign and specially designed customer corners;
  • arrange experience exchange between customs workers to improve cooperation during controlling procedures.

“Cross-border roads” project will benefit all varieties of persons crossing the border – from individual travellers and sole proprietors to entrepreneurs and customs authorities covering the immediate neighbourhood and vast areas of cooperating countries in the long run.

The total budget of the project is over 2 mln EUR, including Programme co-financing amounting to 1.85 thousand EUR.

To enhance cooperation, the project involves an associated partner on Latvia side – State Revenue Service of the Republic of Latvia who will assist the information campaigns and participate in digital products development (animated video, mobile app & radio channel).

Although this is a single-country project with most investments going to only one place, the results will have a sustainable impact on both sides of the border supported by a joint information campaign along the border line.

To find out more about “Cross-border roads” project, visit: http://bit.ly/Cross-border-roads

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