All newly constructed buildings with infrastructure within the Połowce road border crossing have been officially granted to the border services

2015-09-17

On 04.09.2015 all newly constructed buildings with infrastructure within the Połowce road border crossing have been officially granted to the border services: the main building, buildings for detailed inspection, pavilions for passenger car clearance, a guard's pavilion and shelters, road infrastructure and video surveillance systems. Passage of the only ones on the external border of the European Union can be proud of X-ray scanning device for passenger cars. With this infrastructure and modern equipment, the border officers will improve working conditions, and the traveler will reduce the waiting time.

- I wish we had more such investments that bring economic boost. It is one of the most modern border crossings in Poland. It will pay the entire region, all the residents - said Andrzej Halicki, Minister of Administration and Digitization at the ceremonial opening of the border crossing Połowce-Pieszczatka.

At the invitation of the Governor Podlaski Andrzej Meyer the transfer ceremony was also attended by: Chairman of the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee MP Robert Tyszkiewicz, Deputy Chief Commander of the Border Guard General. Brig. SG Jacek Bajger, Commander of the Podlaski Border Guard Colonel SG Andrzej Rytwiński, Marshal Podlaski Mieczysław Baszko, Director of the Swiss-Polish Cooperation Programme, Roland Python, Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Averyanov, the officers of the Customs Service and the Border Guard and local governments.

Podlaski Voivod Andrzej Meyer thanked all project partners and everyone involved in the investment. Deputy Marshal Maciej Żywno, which this investment initiated and led, distinguished Ewa Stachowicz, the deputy director of the Department of Infrastructure of the PVO, with Honorary Podlasie Province Award.

At the beginning of April there was a change in the status of the crossing: from bilateral to international. Thus, it became available not only for Polish and Belarusian citizens, but also for citizens of other countries. The new crossing will have a totally new daily capacity of 2000 passenger cars, 50 buses and 200 trucks (up to 7,5 t) in both directions. As part of the project the complete infrastructure for passenger traffic, freight and pedestrians clearance was included.

- We were always hoping for our common border to be a cooperation space, exchange and development. Today's opening brings us closer to this vision - said MP Robert Tyszkiewicz, Chairman of the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee.

Financial resources for investments amounting to 178 million zł obtained from: Cross-Border Cooperation Programme Poland-Belarus-Ukraine 2007-2013 (grant of 4 856 044,67 €), the Swiss-Polish Cooperation Programme, External Borders Fund and the state budget.

 

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