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€139m earmarked for border fence next year

Funding was already granted this year for the trial section of the border fence. Construction of the actual fence is to start in 2023.

Havainnekuva raja-aidasta.
A Border Guard rendition of a possible frontier fencing model. Image: Rajavartiolaitos
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The government has proposed 139 million euros in funding for build fencing along parts of Finland's eastern border next year.

The funding earmarked for the Border Guard is part of the government's latest proposed supplement to the 2023 budget.

If approved, the financing will allow construction of the actual border fence to begin, based on experiences gained during a fencing pilot project.

Six million euros has already been granted for the experimental fence this year.

On Friday, the Border Guard is to announce details of the location and appearance of test fencing on a short segment of the eastern border.

Finland has the EU's longest border with Russia, about 1,340 km long. The fence is to run along sections of the frontier deemed most likely to face illegal border crossings or possible hybrid efforts such as those along Belarus's borders with Poland and the Baltic states since mid-2021.

Earlier this year former environment minister and current Interior Minister Krista Mikkonen(Green) promised that construction of the border fence would take nature into account, including wild animals' movement over the border. 

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