“INSTALLATION OF VIDEO SECURITY SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS FOR ENSURING SAFETY IN TOWNS OF LATVIA AND LITHUANIA’’ (VIDEOGUARD) IS LAUNCHED

May 29th 2018 Subsidy Contract between the Ministry of Environmental Protection and  Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia (hereinafter referred to as the MEPRD), acting as the Managing Authority (hereinafter referred to as the MA) of the Interreg V-A Latvia-Lithuania Programme 2014 – 2020 programme and Kurzeme Planning Region was concluded for the implementation of the project No: LLI-258 ,,Installation of video security surveillance cameras for ensuring safety in towns of Latvia and Lithuania’’ (VideoGuard).

Overall objective of this project is improvement of capacity of law enforcement institutions in project partners territories and promotion of legal and administrative cross-border cooperation among these institutions to improve protection of civil security.

Implementation of suchproject is of high importance because one of the challenges in crime prevention faced in cross-border regions of North Lithuania and Kurzeme is lack of capacity in technical solutions for equipment that is available and lack of legal and administrative cross-border cooperation among law enforcement institutions. The project aims to overcome this by installing advanced, up-to -date video surveillance equipment and elaborating contemporary software for data exchange, improving technical capacities of institutions for faster exchange of necessary information among co-operation partners.

The project will develop a network of video surveillance cameras and will establish cross-border cooperation system among law enforcement institutions in 17 municipalities in North Lithuania and Kurzeme. Co-operation system will include also State police. General purpose for this cooperation system is fast information/data exchange among co-operation partners without slow formal process of sending many requests between institutions, thus making crime prevention process more effective. 172 video surveillance cameras will be installed and connected into the video surveillance network in 17 municipalities. Also, a digital information tool for information exchange will be developed and all partner’s law enforcement institutions as well as national level institutions will have authorized access to it. Using this tool it will be possible fast to access information about cars passing video surveillance cameras – number of registration plates in particular. To establish cross-border cooperation system, 2 joint workshops and 2 experience exchange events will be organized. During these events law enforcement structures will discuss legal and technical aspects for further cooperation and will agree on creation of cross border co-operation system within framework of existing legislation in Latvia and Lithuania. As the result cross-border cooperation system for the exchange of information from video surveillance networks will be established, and this will enable more effective ensuring of civil security and crime prevention in the region.

Following partners are participating in ,,VideoGuard’’ project:

In Latvia:                                    
Kurzeme planning region – Lead partner; Aizpute County Municipality; Brocēni County Municipality; Dundaga County Municipality; Durbe County Municipality; Grobiņa County Municipality; Nīca County Municipality; Priekule County Municipality; RojaCounty Municipality; Rucava County Municipality; Saldus County Municipality; Skrunda County Municipality; Talsi County Municipality; Vaiņode County Municipality; Ventspils County Municipality;

In Lithuania:
Administration of Kretinga District municipality; Plunge district municipality administration; Skuodas District Municipality Administration

Total budgetof the project                   588 760,81Euro;
Approved ERDF co-financing [85 %]    500 446,69 Euro
National Public co-financing [15 %]     88 314,12 Euro

Start and end dates of the project:        01.06.2018. – 30.11.2019
Duration of the project:  18 months

 Objective
To improve the capacity of law enforcement institutions in project partners territories and promotion of legal and administrative cross-border cooperation among these institutions to improve protection of civil security.

 Implementation
01.06.2018. – 30.11.2019.

 Financing
€ 588 760,81, incl. ERDF co-financing [85 %] € 500 446,69 and National Public co-financing [15 %] € 88 314,12

 Project manager
Edvīns Drigins                                             +371 67331634
+371 26457644
edvins.drigins@kurzemesregions.lv