Repair work at the Vainikkala border crossing point

The project is improving working conditions for inspection staff at the Vainikkala border crossing site and also developing the surveillance systems. The project belongs to the Southeast Finland – Russia CBC programme. The project will reach completion in 2021.

Background to the project

The Vainikkala Border Guard Station is an international border crossing point on the border between Finland and Russia. It is located in Lappeenranta. The border crossing point is used only by rail transport.

The border station on the Russian side is called Louko ( Бусловская/Buslovskaja in Russian). In 2018, a total of 560 000 border crossings were recorded at the Vainikkala 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 Vainikkala border crossing point was signed between the Southeast Finland - Russia CBC and Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency (FTIA) on 1 March 2019.

The budget for the development project is €6.39 million, of which €5.11 million is covered by the funding received. FTIA is not contributing towards the costs of the project, but is managing the administration of the project.

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

Objectives of the project

The development project for the Vainikkala border crossing will improve working conditions for inspection staff by constructing a new border inspection post and developing surveillance systems.

Participating in the project are Väylä, the Finnish Border Guard,  Finnish Customs, Senate Properties and the St. Petersburg Directorate.

Progress of project

The funding agreement between the Southeast Finland - Russia CBC and FTIA was signed on 1 March 2019.

The Southeast Finland – Russia CBC 2014-2020 is aimed at supporting the external borders of the European Union using funding from the the European Union, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Finland.

 

Page updated 13.03.2020