Creating a safe and secure region
Safe & Secure Region is one of the three renewed long-term priorities of the CBSS and is supported by several specialized CBSS-related networks and structures. A well-developed cooperation exists in most fields of law enforcement, including cross-border crime-related networks of police, border guard, prosecutors and tax administrations. In addition to in-sector cooperation, these law enforcement sectors often cooperate cross-sectorially, thus bringing added value for our regional cooperation. Furthermore, the Baltic Sea region benefits from highly developed and practical expert level cooperation structures within the field of fighting against trafficking in human beings through the Task Force against Trafficking in Human Beings , as well as a specialized network focusing on safety and well-being of children at risk, the Expert Group on Children at Risk. Unlike pure law enforcement structures, these two structures place a particular focus on the social dimension of the problems, that is, more on the victims than the criminals.
One of the most concrete civil security cooperation fields is nuclear safety, taking place in the framework of the CBSS Expert Group on Nuclear and Radiation Safety. There is also a civil protection network, based on cooperation between national rescue and crisis management authorities. These different structures and networks have defined the level, degree and nature of cooperation and activities quite differently, starting from their own concrete needs and avoidance of duplication with and within other multilateral institutions. Some of the CBSS related civil security networks meet only annually at the highest level to exchange views, whereas others have established 24/7 communication channels and take joint operational actions on the ground. In general, however, the tendency has been moving towards more operational, concrete and practical cooperation.