PSCE Comments on BEREC draft Work Programme

BEREC ( Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications) has launched a consultation on its 2020 work programme which includes also the first elements of a mid-term strategy. Next year, BEREC will primarily focus on the important, mandatory projects, which cover the five strategic priorities of BEREC. The 5G implications continue to be a strong focus in the BEREC Work Programme, in particular the implications 5G may have on the ecosystem and consequently on regulation. Net Neutrality or Open Internet will remain an important focus for BEREC, with the update of the Net Neutrality Guidelines in the beginning of 2020.

PSCE provides its feedback to the planned activities on the preparation of guidelines for the implementation of EECC article 110 on Public Warning Systems as well as the regulatory requirements to support adoption of 5G for public safety mobile broadband applications.

The document containing PSCE feedback on BEREC Work Programme is available here.


CIPROVOT's final event in Brussels: "How to best train volunteers?"

PSCE is happy to announce CIPROVOT’s final event “How to best train volunteers”, taking place in Brussels, on November 20th. The event will count with speakers from the Red Cross EU Office, DG ECHO and DG Education as well as CIPROVOT’s partners who have contributed to the development of the project.

CiProVoT- Civil Protection Volunteers Training project is co-funded by DG EAC, Erasmus +: Key Action 2, Strategic Partnership in the field of Adult education. The project started on 31 December 2017 and it will officially finish on 31 December 2019 and it aims at aims developing a trans-national – European – training course module for Civil Protection Volunteers.

During the event, the project will be presented, as well as the results of its research. This is an event addressed to professionals working with Civil Protection organisations, humanitarian and volunteering associations, policy makers and everyone who is interested in overall international cooperation.

In about two years, six partners have contributed to the development of this project, elaborating a “Comparative training methodology for dealing with knowledge, skills and core competencies of Civil Protection volunteers” and a final “Report on practices and skills identification of Civil Protection volunteers”.

This is a closed event, reserved to volunteer organisations.

EU delivers report on 5G risk assessment

On 9 October, Member States, with the support of the European Commission and the European Agency for Cybersecurity, published a high-level report on the coordinated risk assessment of 5G networks identifying the main cyber threats and actors, the most sensitive assets, key vulnerabilities and a number of strategic risks.

“The security of 5G networks is and will be a top priority in the years to come as they will form the future backbone of our societies and economies, connecting billions of objects and systems, including in critical sectors such as energy, transport, banking, and health, as well as industrial control systems carrying sensitive information and supporting safety systems” as stated by Commissioner for the Security Union, Julian King, and Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel.

By the end of the year, a toolbox of possible responses for managing and mitigating these risks at both national and European levels is planned. This joint approach by all Member States will underpin secure roll-out of 5G networks across the European Union.

Success of the 2nd PWS Workshop in Helsinki

Second successful European workshop on Public Warning Systems, 8 October 2019, Helsinki

On October 8th, the second of a series of three workshops to support national authorities with getting it right first time by defining the policy, regulatory, standards and funding arrangements to become fully compliant with the EU Directive. This second workshop complements the first on the operational and functional requirements for the design of their national PWS. Again, we based our approach on the solid, hands-on experience and lessons learnt from other countries that have done this already.

This second workshop was hosted at the Finnish Ministry of the Interior (MoI) in Helsinki. 7 countries sent delegates along with some of the world’s leading suppliers of public warning technologies and platforms, and the European Commission’s DG “Echo”. Mr Janne Koivukoski, Deputy Director General for Finland’s Rescue Services presentedn the MoI’s plans for an effective national PWS.