EU donates vehicles and equipment to BiH border police – Sarajevo Times
The European Union today donated 5 trailers of specialized vehicles for transport with mobile homes for a stay of several days for assistance dogs, 70 binoculars, 25 thermal cameras, 30 portable night vision devices, a SUV vehicle and a shallow draft service vessel valued at over 430,000 euros. The donation is part of the EU’s continued support to the BiH border police aimed at supporting their daily operations on the ground. The equipment was handed over by the Head of the Operations Section for Justice, Home Affairs and Public Administration Reform of the EU Delegation in Bosnia and Herzegovina Nicolas Bizel in the presence of the Director of the Police of borders of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Zoran Galić and the Deputy Head of IOM Bosnia and Herzegovina Mission, Blanche Picarello.
Tomorrow, the European Union will donate a van and a thermal camera worth around 47,000 euros to the Ministry of the Interior of Western Herzegovina.
The European Union continues to support Bosnia and Herzegovina in the migration and border management system in the context of the increase in the number of refugees and migrants present in the country since the end of 2017.
With the help of the EU, temporary reception centers in Bosnia and Herzegovina have been established, including the newly opened Lipa reception center. Assistance includes the provision of basic accommodation, food and water, sanitation, clothing and psychological counseling, as well as access to education and health services for migrants residing in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Donated funds are also used to purchase equipment and provide specialist assistance to the Ministry of Security, Foreign Affairs Service, Border Police and Asylum Sector of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Agency for State Investigation and Protection (SIPA), the Interior Ministry of the Una -Canton de Sana, and other institutions and agencies.
The project “EU support for migration and border management in Bosnia and Herzegovina” is funded by a special measure of the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) and is implemented by IOM in partnership with UNHCR, UNICEF, UNFPA and the Danish Refugee Council (DRC).