Safe & Secure Region


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.

Read here about past cooperation networks and actions.

Tax cooperation

EUSBSR Projects

iceland image with big logoIn January 2015 the project Risk Management Capability Based on Gaps Identification in the BSR, in brief: From Gaps to Caps, started as a follow-up project of 14.3. Under the coordination of the Fire and Rescue Department under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania (TASK A Leader), FROM GAPS TO CAPS will further contribute to macro-regional capacities for risk assessment and to establishing efficient crisis management schemes to cope with natural and man-made disasters in the BSR. FROM GAPS TO CAPS, co-financed by DG ECHO is a twenty-four month flagship project under the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). The project is further split into three more tasks, B, C and D. Task B is dedicated to the publicity of the project and will be conducted by the Communications Unit of the Council of the Baltic Sea States. Task C, led by the University of Iceland, deals with Risk Management Capability Assessment Methodology and Task D consits of the Comparison of Evaluations of Emergencies and Exercises, and lies with the responisibility of the Hamburg Fire & Rescue Service. More information on the project can be found on the project website as well as on the Policy Area Secure Website.

You can access the final report of Task C and the two supplementing papers below:

(1) From Gaps to Caps_Main Report  (2) From Gaps to Caps_Methodology   (3) From Gaps to Caps_Outlook

Other Partners: Frederikssund-Halsnæs Brand- & Redningsberedskab (Denmark); Estonian Rescue Board; Ministry of the Interior of Finland; Hamburg Fire and Rescue Service (Germany); University of Iceland; State Fire and Rescue Service of Latvia; Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning (DSB); Main School of Fire Service in Warsaw; Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB)

The 14.3 project aims to develop scenarios and identify gaps for all main hazards of the Baltic Sea Region, including
winter storms and floods. Such an objective was chosen in order to anticipate potential disasters, and thus enabling a rapid and effective EU response through the Community Civil Protection Mechanism. In addition, and drawing on existing possibilities for funding in the Civil Protection Financial Instrument, it aims to strengthen training activities and exercises in cooperation with the countries of the Baltic Sea Region. The Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat is responsible for the management and reporting to the Commission as coordinating beneficiary and overall lead assisted by the Swedish Institute. The CBSS Secretariat Communication Team is the lead partner and main beneficiary for the publicity of the project. The project has four main task areas which are:

  1. Macro-Regional Risk Scenario/Hazard and Gap Analysis 
  2. Floods Prevention in Macro-Regional Context
  3. Forest Fire Prevention in Macro-Regional Context
  4. Nuclear Safety Risk Scenarios and Gaps in Macro-Regional Context

The project started in January 2012 and ran for a duration of 18 months.  Click here to visit the 14.3 official website The 14.3 project was lead by the CBSS Secretariat and endorsed by the CBSS Civil Protection Network. Implementing countries were Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Sweden and North-West Russia (included with separate funding and project plan with the support of the Swedish Institute). The total project eligible cost of the project was 660 000 €  with a 495 000 € EC contribution.

Project partners: Council of the Baltic Sea States; The Swedish Institute; Frederikssund-Halsnæs Fire & Rescue Service; The Estonian Rescue Board; Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK); Hamburg Fire and Rescue Service; State Fire and Rescue Service of Latvia, EU and International affairs division; Fire and Rescue Department under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania (FRD); Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning (DSB); The Main School for Fire Service in Warsaw (SGSP) .

The Baltic Sea Maritime Functionalities (BSMF) is a Flagship Project of the EUSBSR Priority Area on Maritime Safety and Security (PA Safe). The Flagship Project aims to develop information sharing environment for the maritime domain in the coastal countries of the Baltic Sea Region through:

  • Connecting existing concepts and harmonising them with already functioning operations of national entities
  • Presenting good practices in the management of the national surveillance entities and their cooperation.
  • Demonstrating the functionalities of existing systems and expected outcomes in a clear and practical format.
  • Increasing the awareness of the safety, security and defence situation in the Baltic Sea Region

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