EUSBSR Policy Area Secure

Under the new structure of the new EUSBSR Action Plan, which was adopted 16 June 2015, the now called Policy Area Secure includes additional elements of the former Priority Area Crime and supports more than ten flagships. The merge of the two priority areas now allows the Policy Area Secure to act in the societal security paradigm that covers prevention, preparedness, response to all sorts of threats, regardless whether their origins are natural disasters, made-man disasters and organised crime. This new PA Secure framework enables a comprehensive and coherent approach to reduce trans-boundary vulnerabilities and to build common capacities for societal security in the Baltic Sea Region.


Find more information on the PA Secure website.


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From Gaps to Caps (2015 – 2017) , 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 was 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 consists of the Comparison of Evaluations of Emergencies and Exercises, and lies with the responsibility of the Hamburg Fire & Rescue Service.

More information on the project can be found on the Policy Area Secure Website and on the project’s 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)EUSBSR flagship label transparent
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)

EUSBSR Priority Area 14

The Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat acted on behalf of Priority Area Coordinator (PAC) of PA 14 of the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) from November 2011 until the formation of PA Secure. The EUSBSR Action Plan articulated the need for Priority Area 14 as follows:

“Transport by sea is expected to increase significantly in the coming years in the Baltic Sea and with that comes a higher risk of accidents. While fortunately, ship accidents (in particular those causing pollution) have not increased over the last years, in 2007, there were 120 ship accidents in the Baltic Sea. Other major emergencies with cross border effects could result from natural and technological disasters, acts of terrorism including chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear terrorism, and technological, radiological or environmental accidents as well as health threats from communicable and non-communicable diseases. The economic impacts of disasters may adversely affect the economic growth and competitiveness of EU regions.”

Three Flagship Projects were identified under the EUSBSR Action Plan Priority Area 14:

14.1 Assess volunteer troops’ capacities regarding maritime pollution response, as well as maritime search and rescue operations.

14.2 BRISK: Sub-regional Risk of Spill of Oil and Hazardous Substances in the Baltic Sea –Mapping existing marine pollution response capacities and making sub-regional plans for cross-border response cooperation, based on assessment of the integrated risk of shipping accidents.

14.3 Macro-Regional Risk Scenarios and Gaps Identification – developing scenarios and identifying gaps for all main hazards in the Baltic Sea Region, in order to anticipate potential disasters.  

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 AnalysisEUSBSR flagship label transparent
  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. 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 EUSBSR flagship label transparentoperations 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

PA Secure is part-financed by:

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