European Union Provides Over 9.5 million GEL of Equipment to Improve Security Along the Georgian-Turkish Border

01/02/2017, Tbilisi: Today European Union Director-General Christian Danielsson handed over border surveillance equipment worth over 9.5 Million GEL (3.4 Million EUR) to the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs.  The donation included sizeable quantities of communication, surveillance and detection equipment for the strengthening of Georgia’s capabilities of guarding the green border with Turkey.

The support comes as part of the EU-funded “Reinforcing the Capacities of the Government of Georgia in Border and Migration Management” project, which has been implemented by IOM. The specialized equipment purchased contains, among other items, watch towers that are currently being constructed along the Georgian-Turkish border. Once fully in place, these towers will be equipped with various types of surveillance equipment and linked to equipment that will detect any sort of irregular movement across the green border.

The expectation is that the equipment purchased will be fully operational from June 2017 onwards. The end-user of those products will be the Border Police of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia. The Border Police staff deployed in the Ajara and Samtskhe-Javakheti provinces are currently going through extensive rounds of training to learn how to use the equipment professionally and manage it in full consistency with Georgia’s Integrated Border Management policies.

The EU-funded project implemented by IOM since December 2013 is part of the range of funding programmes of the European Union to support Georgia in enhancing government capacities in line with the Visa Liberalisation Action Plan.