Budget earmarks €48 million for border construction until 2022

Boundary post indicating the Estonian border.
Boundary post indicating the Estonian border. Source: (PPA)

In the next three years €48 million will be spent on the construction of the Estonian-Russian border under the new budget published this week.

In explanatory remarks accompanying the 2020 state budget €15.5 million has been earmarked for the construction of infrastructure on the eastern border in 2020, followed by €23.6 million in 2021, and €9.7 million in 2022. 

A spokesperson for the Interior Ministry told BNS that altogether €56.7 million is planned to be spent on the eastern border over the next three years. Of this money, investment spending is €47.7 million and the cost of upkeep is €9 million.

At present a tender for the contract to construct a 23.5-kilometer section on the land border is underway, with the tender offers still to be submitted before the end of the year. 

Preparation of the designs for the border surveillance system is to start when construction is underway. The procurement of a surveillance system will start when the infrastructure -- the fence, the patrol road, communication and power networks -- is ready. 


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