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Who we are
Since the inclusion of the former Priority Area Crime into the Policy Area Secure in 2015, our team had been striving to act in a holistic societal security paradigm that focuses on risk reduction management related to all threats, regardless whether their origins are natural disasters, man-made disasters or organised crime. We believe that the common efforts of the Baltic Sea Region countries within our Policy Area save lives prevent economic losses and contribute to making the region safer and more prosperous for people to live in. Within PA Secure we organize the activities around two interconnected pillars: civil protection and law enforcement, taking into account that the human dimension of security is as important as the establishment of efficient institutional mechanisms to tackle emergencies.
What we do
As coordinators, we believe in connecting people, networks and organisations facing common challenges. Common challenges became joint opportunities if we face them together.
We strive for building long-lasting professional relationships and creating a common security culture in the region. Our working days are filled with a lot of contacts with professionals: we are calling people, mailing people, providing them with a platform for a dialogue. It is already an achievement to have a group of civil protection or law enforcement experts from all the countries in the region to sit around one table. But in order to achieve what they set out to do they might need extra resources, be it carrying out academic research or funding. That is where we come in again identifying needs and relevant funding sources for a project, or a university with a particular research programme. We facilitate different initiatives for new projects, our organisations can even participate in some of them as partners. (There are 10 EUSBSR Flagship projects under Policy Area Secure). We also make sure that the lessons learned from the projects, research results and expert opinions are shared as widely as possible and conveyed to the policy makers.
What is new?
For more comprehensive list of PA Secure news, events and activities read our newsletter. Below are some highlights from the recent developments in all 4 areas of our action plan:
“From Gaps to Caps” project finalised. The 24 months long flagship project within the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region; From Gaps to Caps – Risk Management Capability Based on Gaps Identification in the Baltic Sea Regions, has just been finalized. The final report is available here. From Gaps to Caps contributed to strengthening the macro-regional capacities for risk assessment and the establishment of efficient crisis management schemes to cope with natural and manmade disasters in the Baltic Sea Region.
Cross-sectorial project - community resilience to climate change. With the financial support from the Swedish Institute, HA Climate and PA Secure have been leading a consortium to develop a project concept to improve the resilience of urban communities, related to climate change risks, threats and challenges. The resulting project (CASCADE: Community Safety Action for Supporting Climate Adaptation and Development, led by the Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC)) will bring together climate change adaptation and civil protection specialists from different countries in BSR to increase risk assessment cooperation between the national and the local levels. The UN Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction is one of the cornerstones in the upcoming project.
The CBSS Task Force against Trafficking in Human Beings (TF-THB) partnered in a new project called Trafficking along Migration Routes (TRAM): Identification and Integration of Victims of Trafficking among Vulnerable Groups and Unaccompanied Children (2017-2018). It is coordinated by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) and funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund of the European Union.
The project Joint Approach to Tackle Organised Cross-border Crime in the Baltic Sea Region (JATOC) will set up a conceptual model for the joint regional analysis and encourage best practices of national Criminal Intelligence Systems between the participating member states law enforcement agencies to define common guidelines for further cooperation to tackle organised crime in the Baltic Sea Region. The project aims to create more synergy between the Baltic Sea Region Border Control Cooperation and the Baltic Sea Task Force on Organised Crime as well as with the EU Policy Cycle on shared activities and actions relating to cross border crime.
Where do we want to be?
In the near future we plan to:
Contacts: Civil Security team, Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat
Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB)
Spotlight blog series introduces the concrete work done by the Policy Areas and Horizontal Actions of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.
In February 2017, three new Flagship projects were approved by the National Coordinators under Policy Area Safe, Policy Area Secure and Horizontal Action Climate. The actions of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region are implemented by means of Flagships. Flagships demonstrate the progress of the Strategy, and may serve as pilot examples for desired action in a given field.
Bioeconomy consists of the management of renewable biological resources and their conversion into food, livestock feed, bio-based products and bioenergy. It involves tackling major challenges, both now and in the future. Bioeconomy is one of the cornerstones for the Baltic Sea Region economies. The region is extremely rich of forest biomass, has strong agricultural sector and the blue bioeconomy is well developed. The region, as a net biomass producer, can realize a great opportunity by focusing on increasing the value of products and services throughout the value chain.
Innovations, visions and leadership for a sustainable Baltic Sea – these topics were discussed during the first Baltic Sea Future Congress held on 6th and 7th March 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden.
Spotlight on Policy Area Innovation: Collaborating on innovation for a sustainable development of the Baltic Sea RegionWritten by Niclas Forsling & Trine Schmidt
Innovation - the process of finding new smart solutions to address our common challenges - has its own dedicated policy area in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. Policy area (PA) Innovation, as one out of 13 policy areas, demonstrates the commitment and importance that the countries in this region assign to strengthening their innovative position on the global stage. As such, PA-innovation contributes to the EU strategy’s goal of economic growth and increased prosperity in the Baltic Sea Region.
The 7th Strategy Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region in Stockholm 8-9 November 2016 is over, and preparations for next year's forum in Berlin 13-14 June are already well on their way.