Poland's Podlaskie Voivodeship, Belarus' Grodno region plan to develop cross-border cooperation

Poland's Podlaskie Voivodeship, Belarus' Grodno region plan to develop cross-border cooperation

Podlaskie Voivodeship of Poland and the Grodno region of Belarus plan to develop cross-border cooperation. On March 13, representatives of the neighboring regions met in the regional center and agreed to maintain close contacts in matters of security.

Thus, the special services will jointly monitor the epidemiological state and emergencies as well as ensure legal protection of citizens and respect for the border and customs legislation in adjacent territories.

It is assumed that in the event of any emergency situations, Grodno and Podlasie specialists will deal with them quickly.

Gennady Lasuta, Deputy Minister of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus:
The sub-commission notes well-built system for sharing information on the various incidents, emergencies that occur or may occur in adjacent territories. And this work is being carried out these days quite clearly.

Tourism is another area of collaboration between the two regions. For several years, organized groups from both Polish and Belarusian sides have visited memorable places in the neighboring territories. 

However, some visa issues restrict the flow of tourists.

The decision of the Belarusian side to simplify procedures for Poles' visits to the Bialowieza Forest was especially relevant, the commission underlined.  

The visa-free regime will make a unique nature reserve an international tourist attraction.

Andrzej Meyer, Governor of the Podlaskie Voivodeship of the Republic of Poland:
The visa-free regime on the border of the Bialowieza Forest is certainly a very positive step on the Belarusian side. This will allow our visitors to experience the unique ecosystem of your park. Especially because Polish tourists are interested in Belarus. The border was a kind of barrier to our guests, but now the question is removed in the territory of the forest. We hope that such places will appear in other border areas.