The European Commission has allocated €55 million to Lithuania for measures to strengthen border protection with Belarus.
This was reported in the Lithuanian Interior Ministry.
Ministry of Interior Agne Bilotaite noted that this will significantly strengthen the protection of the border and better prevent illegal migration. According to her, though there are far fewer attempts to illegally cross the border now, the potential threats remain and the country intensively continues the construction of the physical fence at the border.
Surveillance systems are to be installed at six checkpoints during the current and next year, and some of the work has already been completed.
In December 2021, the European Commission granted Lithuania 15 million euros, which were used to modernize the equipment of border guards, including the purchase of helicopters, night vision devices and drones, and equipment for fingerprinting.
Recall that in summer and autumn of 2021, Lithuania and Poland suffered from the migration crisis, artificially created by Alexander Lukashenko. Both countries began to build a fence on the border with Belarus after these events.