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Policy Area (PA) ‘Secure’ focused on protection from land-based emergencies, accidents and cross-border crime.

PA Secure promoted a comprehensive and coherent approach to reduce trans-boundary vulnerabilities and to build common capacities for societal security in the Baltic Sea region. The activity was to cover prevention, preparedness, and response to all sorts of threats, regardless whether of natural or man-made origin.

All actions of the policy area were oriented to enhancing the well-being of individuals while ensuring the full respect of fundamental rights and freedoms, in line with the founding principles of the policy area:

  • save human lives as well as protect physical and psychological integrity of human beings
  • protect public and individual properties against destruction, serious damages, or illicit transfer
  • preserve vital public functions by protecting critical infrastructure

PA Secure was coordinated by Sweden and Council of the Baltic Sea States Secreatariat.

 

Objectives

  • Tailored macroregional interoperability between the rescue services in national and crossborder cooperation in the Baltic Sea region.
  • Increased impact of social prevention activities.
  • Institutionalized cooperation on civil protection in the Baltic Sea region.
  • Baltic Sea region – Leader in Civil Protection Cooperation among macroregions of the EU.
  • Better cooperation to prevent trafficking in human beings for forced labour and to protection of the victims.
  • Strengthening the capacity and role of municipalities in the chain of assistance to victims of trafficking in human beings in the Baltic Sea region.
  • Developing a state-of-the-art understanding of criminal, social, economic, psychological as well as and political processes behind trafficking in human besings.
  • The Baltic Sea region is a model region in the provision of comprehensive and sustainable social services and human rights to vulnerable groups born outside their country of residence.
  • Tailored macroregional cooperation mechanisms to prevent and combat serious crime.
  • Prevent serious crime by enhancing surveillance mechanisms.

 

Actions

The policy area actions were organised in four sections:

A. Strengthening capacity to respond and to recover from major emergencies and accidents: better risk assessment and crisis management:

      1. Develop a joint macro-regional prevention and preparedness approach towards major hazards and emergencies
      2. Foster dialogue and common approaches to civil protection in the Baltic Sea region

B. Build up resilience and prevention towards emergencies and threats at the local level:

      1. Enhance a joint urban safety and prevention approach in the Baltic Sea region

C. Enhancing effective cooperation in protecting human beings against criminal threats, including trafficking in human beings from all forms of exploitation:

      1. Develop joint macro-regional approach to prevent trafficking in human beings and assist victims of trafficking
      2. Strengthening capacity of municipalities to eradicate THB and mitigate its impact on society
      3. Develop the Baltic Sea region as a model region in the provision of comprehensive and sustainable social services and human rights for vulnerable groups crossing borders

D. Prevent and detect serious crime through developing efficient framework for law enforcement strategic and operational cooperation:

      1. Strengthening efficient framework for law enforcement cooperation to combat serious crime
      2. Step up border security through developing efficient framework for law enforcement operational cooperation to combat serious crime