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C.A.S.H. seminar in Imatra presented tentative results of survey on cooperation between Finnish Police, Customs and Border Guard in Eastern Finland

The C.A.S.H. partners Regional Council of Kymenlaakso and South Carelia in Finland organized a seminar on 21 May in order to present tentative results of an upcoming survey conducted by Lappeenranta University of Technology. The aim of the survey is to describe the cooperation between Finnish Police, Customs and Border Guard in the Eastern regions of Finland, South Carelia and Kymenlaakso. The survey will be published in August 2012 and will also be available on the C.A.S.H. website.

The interviews were executed in three border crossing points in the Eastern Finland Imatra, Vaalimaa, Nuijamaa as well as in offices located in the cities of Kotka and Kouvola. The survey will contain a description of the cooperation between Finnish Police, Customs and Border Guard in the Eastern Finland, evaluate what kind advantages it is possible to achieve with an active cooperation as well as which challenges the cooperation faces on daily basis. In addition, the survey will discuss the cooperation between Finnish and Russian border crossing points.

For the survey, the researches followed the HGV transport e.g. from Germany through HaminaKotka harbor and a Southeastern border crossing point to Russia and vice versa. The aim was to find out how the prevailing practices in the cooperation between authorities are currently working as well as what kind of challenges and forms of cooperation there are at this EU's external border.

According to tentative results, the cooperation between Finnish Police, Customs and Border Guard in the Eastern regions of Finland is working well. Every counterpart has its own areas of responsibility, the information exchange is effortless and help is offered, when needed. The advantages include e.g. information exchange between authorities, joint trainings, uniform practices and methods and use of joint technologies. There are also some challenges e.g. lack of resources which is reflected in reduction of joint trainings.  

The advantages of the cooperation between Finnish and Russian authorities contain e.g. information exchange as well as knowledge of the legislation in Russia. Disadvantages include for example different working cultures, language barriers and quickly changing legislation in Russia. 

The final report will be issued in August 2012. It will be distributed as pdf-link to C.A.S.H. partners and key stakeholders and will also be available on the C.A.S.H. website www.cash-project.eu .


published 28.06.2012