This year’s PSF call focused on projects that put safety and security at the centre of Baltic Sea cooperation and strive to strengthen the resilience of the region.
The ultimate goal of the CBSS long-term priority ‘Safe and Secure Region’ is to make everyone feel safe and secure in every corner of our region. This can be achieved by strengthening the civil security and protection systems in the countries in the region, and by doing so in a coherent way – through cooperation. 12 eligible, high quality applications were received, 5 were chosen by our Committee of Senior Officials to be rewarded funding of up to 65 000 Euros.
Attention was paid to projects that contribute to prevention, preparedness, response and recovery from natural or man-made disasters, or intentional human actions such as exploitation in the Baltic Sea Region. We aim to promote a holistic approach to reduce trans-boundary vulnerabilities and to build common capabilities for societal security and safety to address a broad spectre of challenges, from civil protection to prevention of criminal exploitation and trafficking in human beings, as well as combating organised and serious crime.
Especially important were contributions that encourage building a common societal security culture in the BSR, by engaging civil society, in particular, volunteer organizations, children/youth, or senior citizens. Special emphasis was put on people-to-people contacts, exchange of best practices and awareness raising for common attitudes to major threats and hazards as well as to situations of exploitation, innovative solutions to common societal security challenges.