ICMPD organised a study visit for 4 officers from Lebanese Armed Forces, Internal Security Forces, General Security and Lebanese Customs Administration at the Romanian Border Police, from October 29 to November 2 on Border Control and Surveillance, within the framework of European Union Funded Project Integrated Border Management in Lebanon (IBM Lebanon).

The objective of the study visit was to learn about inter-agency and international cooperation, IBM and to see border controls in action, including customs checks, at sea border crossing points.

During the 5 days visit, the Lebanese delegation had the possibility to meet representatives from Romanian Border Police, Romanian National Police – Transport Police and International Police Cooperation Centre, Romanian Customs and South East Law Enforcement Cooperation Centre (SELEC), but also to conduct some field visits to Constanta Port – Cargo and Passengers Terminal, Romanian Cost Guard, Integrated System for Observation, Surveillance and Control of the Traffic at the Black Sea (SCOMAR), Mangalia Naval Group and Tulcea Port.

The meetings gave the participants the possibility to discuss about the IBM concept, inter-agency and international cooperation, risk analysis and document security, but also allowed an unprecedented access to the facilities of Border Police and Customs in Constanta Port– control equipment  and special examination areas and SCOMAR – surveillance equipment.

Discussions between the participants and representatives of the host agencies focused on international cooperation, with the proposal for organising some joint meetings and workshops, inter-agency cooperation, highlighting the cooperation and coordination mechanisms for surveillance at the Black Sea, but also on further possibilities of joint training and exchange of best practices.