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In the European Union’s area of justice and home affairs such conceptions as Schengen Agreement, Schengen Convention, Schengen acquis are often used. From the 1 st. May, 2004 Schengen Facility came also into use. The purpose of this article is to scrutinize what is the Schengen Facility, how Lithuania is ready for the implementation and what purpose is expected to achieve. Schengen Facility conception is defined in the 35 article of Act of the Treaty of Accession to the European Union which was signed on the 16th April, 2003. Schengen Facility is hereby created as a temporary instrument to help beneficiary Member States between the date of accession and the end of 2006 to finance actions at the new external borders of the Union for the implementation of the Schengen acquis and external border control. In order to address the shortcomings identified in the preparation for participation in Schengen, the following types of action shall be eligible for financing under the Schengen Facility: – investments in construction, renovation or upgrading of border crossing infrastructure and related buildings, – investments in any kind of operating equipment (e.g. laboratory equipment, detection tools, Schengen Information System-SIS 2 hardware and software, means of transport), – training of border guards, – support to costs for logistics and operations. The Government of the Republic of Lithuania has firmed the management, control and verification system which was approved by the Commission. The Ministry of the Interior as the Responsible Authority, the Ministry of Finance as the Paying Agency and public institution Central Project Management Agency as the Implementing Agency has been adopted to manage Schengen Facility in Lithuania.
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