On October 14-16 2019, Vladas Marcinkevičius, Chief Specialist of the Nuclear Security Centre for Excellence at the Border Control Management Board of the State Border Guard Service (SBGS), together with Artur Čeida, Chief Specialist of the SBGS National Coordination Centre participated in a study visit in Helsinki, Republic of Finland. The visit was organized by the Fire and Rescue Department (FRD) of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania and took place in the framework of the project financed by the European Union “Investment Project for Preparing for a Possible Emergency in Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant”.  At the time of this visit, participants have got chance to familiarise themselves with authorities of the Republic of Finland responsible for preparedness and response to nuclear and/or radiological emergencies, and the preparation and capacity of these authorities to respond to such incidents.

In addition to the representatives of the SBGS and FRD, representatives of the Radiation Protection Centre, State Nuclear Power Safety Inspectorate, Environmental Protection Agency, Ministry of Health, National Public Health Center and Helth Emergency Situations Centre also participated in the study visit. The visit included visits to Finland’s STUK (Regulatory Authority), the Fire and Rescue Service, the Border Guard and the Helsinki and Ita Uusimae municipal rescue services.

The participants of the visit had the opportunity to get acquainted with their activities and assigned responsibilities in all institutions, as well as to ask them relevant questions and make useful contacts.


© Photo from the personal archives of the participant.