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Date: Thursday, January 28, 2021

TRESSPASS consortium prepared and conducted successfully the Interim Review meeting online on 12 January 2021. The meeting, which was moderated by the deputy coordinating person Dr Dimitris Kyriazanos (NCSR Demokritos), included over 40 participants including 3 external experts as reviewers and the Project Officer, Mr Bruno Chenard from the Research Executive Agency.

Acknowledged as a very positive aspect from the reviewers, there was extensive participation and commitment from End Users in the review, offering insights to the high operational value and impact of TRESSPASS. The latter was evident in interventions from Dutch and Polish Border Guards, Greek Police and Customs as well as the Piraeus Port Authority.

With presentations from the Coordinator, the Technical Manager, Work Package Leaders and Pilot Test Leaders, the meeting covered the very challenging last 18-month period, including 40 submitted deliverables and the COVID-19 crisis mitigation plan and actions.

Having read the deliverables, reviewers were able during the meeting to engage in a constructive dialogue with the Consortium and provide valuable remarks and comments. As the consortium awaits for the formal evaluation report it is worth mentioning at this point that the concluding remarks session indicated TRESSPASS results at this point as very successful and promising for high impact.

For the remaining 11 months of the project, the consortium will intensively follow and act upon recommendations from the reviewers and the EC towards successful execution of the Pilot Tests this year and maximizing exploitation potential and impact for TRESSPASS.