First BCP Network plenary meeting in Narva, Estonia.

From 3 to 5 of April, in Narva Estonia, members of BCP Networks met together on the first plenary meeting.

Customs officers from all 11 CELBET countries, representatives of European Commission discussed issues that are crucial for first line customs officers but also for customs administrations:

  • cooperation between Border Guards and Customs
  • conclusions from the monitoring checks,
  • results from Joint Intensified Activities,
  • new technologies and solutions for control at the border
  • e-reservation system used by Estonian Tax and Customs Board
  • review of the ASF situation and preventive actions done
  • schedule of trainings

During the meeting participants visited crossing border point in Narva. This unique border point is located in the middle of town but thanks to the electronic system e-reservation, the risk of traffic on the town’s streets was reduced to minimum level and allow border authorities to manage the traffic more efficiently. Members of the BCP Network had opportunity to see the control procedure and visited the Border Guards’ and Customs’ Risk Centres.

“The more You meet each other the more You talk with each other and stronger the network becoms.” – Ms Pille Jogisoo, Grant Coordinator said at the closing the meeting. All BCP Network agreed that BCP Network is a great tool which allows customs officers to exchange experiences and share good practices, especially when represenatives of all BCP Network regions meet, starting of Finland and ending with Greece.