Repair work at the Parikkala border crossing point

This project will improve the infrastructure of the Parikkala border crossing point and develop the fluoroscope equipment and identification systems. The project belongs to the Southeast Finland – Russia CBC programme. The project will reach completion in 2021.

Background to the project

Parikkala Border Guard Station (Parikkalan-Syväoro) is a temporary border crossing point located in Parikkala on the eastern border of Finland. The station is currently not an international border crossing point, and can only be used by Finnish and Russian citizens who have obtained prior authorisation. The crossing point has been used particularly for freight goods such as timber.

The corresponding border crossing point in Russia is located in Syväoro, Elisenvaara ( Сювяоро in Russian). In 2018, a total of 24 500 border crossings were recorded at the Parikkala border crossing point.

Project costs and funding

The Southeast Finland – Russia CBC 2014-2020 is aimed at increasing the appeal of the region. The programme is funded by the European Union, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Finland. The EU Commission has approved funding for a total of six projects to improve the smoothness and security of border crossing points between Finland and Russia.

The ENI CBC (European Neighbourhood Instrument, Cross Border Cooperation) funding agreement regarding the development of the Parikkala border crossing point was signed between the EU and FTIA on 1 May 2019.

The budget for the development project is €4.91 million, of which €3.93 million is covered by the support received.

The project will be implemented within three years of the signing of the funding agreement.

Objectives of the project

The project for the development of the Parikkala border crossing point will improve traffic safety by building a new connection from Highway 6 to the road leading to the crossing point. At the same time, the bridge that crosses the railway close to this new connection will be upgraded. There will also be development of the Finnish Customs’ vehicle identification system and the customs border crossing point’s fluoroscope equipment. The project does not directly affect the capacity of the temporary border crossing point.

Participating in the project are FTIA, Finnish Customs, the Southeast Finland ELY Centre, the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority, and the St. Petersburg Directorate.

Progress of project

The funding agreement between the EU and Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency is pending.

 

Page updated 13.03.2020