Space is an enabler of security and defence

Although it has been a taboo at the European level up to now, the time has come to break this taboo and to recognise that space is an enabler of security and defence, with a defence dimension for Galileo and a security element for Copernicus, Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton said at the 12th Space Policy Conference in Brussels on 22 January.

PSCE @ HNPW 2020

The sixth Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week (HNPW) was held from 3 to 7 February 2020 at the International Conference Centre in Geneva, Switzerland.

Why does Europe need to limit climate change and adapt to its impacts?

Europe’s many regions are expected to face worsening impacts of climate change over the next decades. A compilation of several existing maps published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) today illustrates how drought, heavy rain and flooding, forest fires and sea-level rise could affect some selected regions in Europe, including Central Europe, the Iberian peninsula, Scandinavia, Brittany and Venice.

See the full article and access related documents here!


Free Training modules for Crisis Management practitioners

4 training modules for Crisis Management have been made available in the framework of the CiProVot project. The development of disaster prevention and awareness in the Civil Protection is closely linked to the ability of drawing in the experiences and learning of this daily work as well as using daily operation in non-disaster situations to create networks with and broader awareness among other key stakeholders and the public on risk-management, disaster prevention and preparedness.

There are 4 available training modules:

  • The Introductory Module
  • Natural Hazard & Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Emergency Planning
  • ICT for Disaster Risk Reduction activities

Click here to access the modules!


Secure 5G networks: Commission endorses EU toolbox an sets out next steps

On January 29th the Commission endorsed the joint toolbox of mitigating measures agreed by EU Member States to address security risks related to the rollout of 5G, the fifth-generation of mobile networks. This follows the European Council's call for a concerted approach to the security of 5G and the ensuing Commission Recommendation of March 2019. Member States have since identified risks and vulnerabilities at national level and published a joint EU risk assessment. Through the toolbox, the Member States are committing to move forward in a joint manner based on an objective assessment of identified risks and proportionate mitigating measures. With its Communication adopted yesterday, the Commission is launching relevant actions within its competence and is calling for key measures to be put in place by 30 April 2020.

Read the full press release here!