Success of the third PSCE Webinar on the challenges to managing COVID-19 for European PPDR Organisations

The webinar Managing COVID-19: What were the challenges for European PPDR organisations? succesfuly took place on 30 June 2020.

The Webinar offered three perspectives on the challenges encountered by PPDR organisations to manage the COVID-19 Crisis. Koen De Budt (Crisis Centre Belgium) discussed how Public Warning Systems can be used to support crisis communications in the midst of a pandemic. Fernando Conde (Madrid 112) explained the multiple challenges faced by the Madrid 112 centre to manage the pandemic, namely the resulting communication overload. Finally, Theo Lingens discussed the logistics challenges on the ground, namely with regards to ensuring the transport and delivery of medical equipment. More than 120 participants registered to this webinar from Europe and beyond, and from various backgrounds.

The presentations as well as the recording of the webinar are available on this page.

PSCE contributes to two newly published CWA standards

Two Cen Workshop Agreement (CWA) to which PSCE has actively contributed, have been officially published. 

 On the one hand, the CWA Systematic assessment of innovative solutions for crisis management - Trial guidance methodology, based on the results of the DRIVER+ project, defines a methodology that enables a systematic assessment of one or more sociotechnical solutions (hardware, software, training, procedure, or a mix of those) within a realistic crisis management scenario. The target group of the CWA are crisis management practitioners concerned with innovation or procurement, public authorities concerned with procurement (or writing tenders), as well as research and development departments in industry and research.

On the other hand, was published the CWA Crisis and disaster management – Semantic and syntactic interoperability,  based
on the results of the DRIVER+ and EPISECC projects, defines requirements on how to achieve organizational and cross border interoperability on semantic and syntactic level for crisis and disaster management.

More information about PSCE involvement in standardisation is available on this page.

BEREC publishes guidelines on the effectiveness of Public Warning Systems

On June 12, BEREC published guidelines about the effectiveness of public warning systems transmitted by different means. These Guidelines are provided by BEREC in response to the task set in Article 110(2) of the Directive (EU) 2018/1972 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11th December 2018 establishing the European Electronic Communications Code, to assist member states in assessing whether the effectiveness of alternative Public Warning Systems using means of electronic communications services as described in Article 110(2) is equivalent to the effectiveness of ECS-PWS falling under Article 110(1).

You may download the guidelines here.

Success of the second PSCE Webinar on Digital Ethics in the COVID-19 Era

The webinar Crisis Management, Surveillance, and Digital Ethics in the COVID-19 Era succesfuly took place on 23 June 2020. The Webinar offered an overview of the latest academic research in the domain of surveillance and digital ethics, and its implications in the current COVID-19 context. The webinar included contributions from the Free University of Amsterdam, Lancaster University, The Imperial College London and ETH Zurich. A total of 150 participants from various backgrounds registered to the Webinar.

The presentations as well as the recording of the webinar are available on this page.


Managing COVID 19: What were the challenges encountered by European PPDR organisations? (PSCE Webinar)

There is no doubt that the spread of COVID-19 constituted a great challenge for PPDR organisations and first responders across Europe. From public alerting  and emergency call centers (112) to logistics and ground operations, this unprecedented crisis required PPDR organisations to quickly adapt in order to safeguard the lives of European citizens. This PSCE Webinar will offer three perspectives (Belgium, Spain and Germany) regarding the challenges encountered by European PPDR organisations in managing the pandemic. The Webinar will take place on 30 June at 11am CEST (Duration 1 hour)

11.00 Introduction by PSCE (Marie-Christine Bonnamour)

11.05 How Public Warning Systems can support crisis communication: The use case of BE-Alert in the COVID-19 communication (Koen De Budt,  Crisis Center Belgium)

11.20 How to manage information overload in emergency centres: the perspective of Madrid 112 (Fernando Conde, 112 Madrid Center)

11.35 Logistics and other Challenges – Experiences made by THW during the COVID-19 Situation (Theo Lingens, THW Germany)

11.50 Q&A

The WEBINAR is free of charge and will take place on WEBEX. You will be provided with the link once you register. If you encounter issues registering via googleforms, you may register by contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.