Portuguese Presidency to strengthen Civil Protection and Disaster Management in the EU

The Portuguese Presidency of the EU Council kicked-off on January 5, when the Council's President Charles Michel visited the Portuguese Prime Minister, António Costa.

On its programme, the Portuguese Presidency highlights work ahead in the fields of disaster management and civil protection.

"The Presidency will work to establish an ambitious and comprehensive EU disaster management system that, with a focus on solidarity and integration, will foster greater collective resilience in responding to emergencies, including the repatriation of citizens stranded in third countries. We will prioritise strengthening the Union Civil Protection Mechanism as well as establishing strategic reserves of essential supplies and supporting specific military capabilities to enable a more rapid, flexible and cross-cutting disaster response," reads the programme.

"Priority will be given to strengthening joint preparedness and to the additional mechanisms for Member States’ solidarity, increasing the capacity of rescEU (European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations) and enriching the European Civil Protection Knowledge Network. The Presidency will foster local consular cooperation between Member States and EU delegations with a view to crisis preparedness."

BroadWay at the PSCE online conferencce

The status of the BroadWay project will be presented at the Online PSCE Conference during an extended session on 19 January 2021.

The BroadWay innovation procurement project (pre-commercial procurement) intends to enhance Operational Mobility for Public Safety and is funding development of innovative solutions. The project is now in Phase two of the procurement cycle and has awarded 3 contracts for the development of 3 solution prototypes.

A brief introduction on the progress of the project will be presented by David Lund (BroadWay coordinator). Thereafter, the three currently competing consortia, respectively led by AIRBUS, FREQUENTIS and LEONARDO will present their prototype solution, to enable Pan-European Broadband Mobile Communication for Public Safety.

This will be a unique opportunity to learn more about the first results of the industrial solutions being developed and to see how the challenges are met.


1st Newsletter of the Search & Rescue Project

The 1st Newsletter of the Search and Rescue project, in which PSCE is partner, is now available. The newsletter provides an update on the latest activities of the Search & Rescue (S&R) project and provides information on news and activities related to Search and Rescue operations in Europe and beyond. On behalf of the consortium, we hope you enjoy reading this issue.

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Official Kick-off of BroadGNSS

The 14th December marks the official kick-off of the BroadGNSS Pre-Commercial Procurement project. This 40-month R&D project involves the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (European GNSS Agency - GSA) as the granting authority and a consortium of 3 public sector bodies (the buyers group) responsible for public protection and disaster relief:

  • French Ministere de l’Interieur (also lead procurer),
  • Estonian Riigi Infokommunikatsiooni Sihtasutus (State Infocommunication Foundation)
  • Finnish Erillisverkot (State Security Networks Group)

Public Safety Communication Europe (www.psc-europe.eu) is the project coordinator and OHB Digital Solutions GmbH (www.ohb-digital.at) will provide expert technical support to the BroadGNSS consortium.

This PCP will pull innovative solutions from the user-side that will bring higher accuracy and higher reliability EGNSS applications to support public safety communications. It will also contribute to increase Galileo market penetration in the domain of high precision timing and synchronisation.