12 – 13 June, Gdansk. A multitude of authorities, civil society organisations, universities and international organisations gathered to discuss and review the progress of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region at the 10th EUSBSR Anniversary Forum. Policy Area Secure Coordinators were at the Forum’s Networking Village to present the progress within the field of civil security cooperation.
Four of the PA Secure flagship projects were showcased at the Forum: The Baltic Leadership/Excellence Programme in Civil Security, FIRE-IN, CASCADE and ResQU2. These projects cover many important aspects of societal security in the region. The Baltic Leadership/Excellence Programme in Civil Security strengthens the capacity of the crisis management system through developing strong leadership skills with key people in the organisations responsible for civil security in the BSR. FIRE-IN is a unique European-wide network for practitioners, researchers and industry focusing on developing solutions to common capability challenges in Fire and Rescue. CASCADE brings together experts from two fields – civil protection/disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation – who must work together to solve current and future challenges related to climate change risks in urban areas. ResQU2 demonstrates how results and experiences from four previous projects focused on preparedness and coordination for incidents at sea and in ports are disseminated effectively to ensure long-term impact.
CASCADE project held its steering group meeting back-to-back with the Annual Forum. The steering group reviewed the progress from the first months of the project and agreed on the future work plan. Special greetings from the Ministry of Interior in Finland were given to the project partners by the Ministry representative, Jari Honkanen, who stressed the relevance of CASCADE results for the whole region.
Part of the Forum was dedicated to youth and their views on the BSR current and future development. The Baltic Sea Youth Camp was organised in Gdansk during the days leading up to the Forum, on 8 – 11 June. Young camp-goers from all the countries in the Baltic Sea Region gathered there to discuss the most pressing societal challenges of today, and to explore the potential of regional cooperation. Policy Area Secure’s contribution to the camp included a lecture on international cooperation in civil security and a set of practical exercises, which was organised in by the Gdansk Municipal Fire Service.
Martin Rümmelein from the BSSSC’s Youth Board presented the key conclusions from the discussions at the Youth Camp to the EUSBSR Annual Forum. The declaration “Nothing About Us, Without Us!” can be found here.
Photos from CASCADE steering group meeting: