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1st PRoTECT seminar on the Protection of Public Spaces

Brasov, Romania 17th July 2019

“Identifying vulnerabilities and mitigating the risks of terrorist threats on Public Spaces: Cooperation between all stakeholders”

As part of the PRoTECT project, Efus and the city of Brasov (RO) are organising a seminar on “Identifying vulnerabilities and mitigating the risk of terrorist threats on public spaces: Cooperation between all stakeholders”, on 17 July in Brasov.

A presentation of the tool developed by the European Commission to evaluate the vulnerability of public spaces and its accompanying Manual will be made.

Vulnerable public spaces

Over the years, strategies to protect public spaces against terrorism have evolved and been strengthened, mainly focussing on protecting critical infrastructure. However, terrorist attacks are also evolving and public spaces have turned into an attractive target: these areas, also known as “soft targets”, are crowded public places easily accessible both to the public and terrorists.

Local authorities, who are responsible for the safety and security of their citizens, must be aware of the vulnerabilities of their public spaces in order to be able to adopt appropriate measures to prevent and mitigate terrorist attacks and their consequences.

A tool to evaluate the vulnerabilities of public spaces

In the framework of the European PRoTECT project, Efus and the Dutch organisation for applied research TNO have developed a manual to help local authorities use the “Soft Target Site Assessment” tool developed by the European Union’s Directorate General Home Affairs, which consists of a series of recommendations to assess on site the vulnerabilities of urban public spaces.

PRoTECT is also helping the project’s five partner cities (Brasov, RO; Eindhoven, NL; Larissa, GR; Málaga, ES; Vilnius, LT) to conduct a local vulnerability assessment so they can adopt tailor-made technological solutions and best practices to enhance the protection of their local public spaces.

The 17 July seminar will be an occasion to present the “Soft Target Site Assessment” and the accompanying manual for local authorities, as well as the results from five pilot assessments in the five partner cities. It will also be an opportunity to exchange on the need to strengthen cooperation among all stakeholders involved  in order to respond to new threats against public spaces.

The seminar will gather representatives from local authorities and law enforcement agencies, as well as experts, security practitioners and other stakeholders involved at the national and European level.

PRoTECT: strengthening local authorities' capacities to secure public spaces

The PRoTECT project seeks to strengthen local authorities' capacities to secure their public spaces, in particular before, during and after a terrorist threat.

It uses tools, technology, training and field demonstrations that will improve situational awareness and improve direct responses that strengthen the security of public spaces.

1st PRoTECT seminar on the Protection of Public Spaces Presentations:

1. PRoTECT Introduction to 1st Seminar in Brasov

2. Keynote Presentation

3. PRoTECT Vulnerability Assesment Tool & Manual




Protecting public spaces against terrorist threats: Take part in the PRoTECT seminar, on 17 July in Brasov

PRoTECT project and the city of Brasov (Romania) are organising a seminar on “Identifying vulnerabilities and mitigating the risk of terrorist threats on public spaces: Cooperation between all stakeholders”, on 17 July in Brasov. The tool developed by the European Commission to evaluate the vulnerability of public spaces and its accompanying handbook will be presented.

 

Vulnerable public spaces

Over the years, strategies to protect public spaces against terrorism have evolved and been strengthened, mainly focusing on protecting critical infrastructure. However, terrorist attacks are also evolving, and public spaces have turned into an attractive target: these areas, also known as “soft targets”, are crowded public places easily accessible both to the public and terrorists.

Local authorities, who are responsible for the safety and security of their citizens, must be aware of the vulnerabilities of their public spaces in order to be able to adopt appropriate measures to prevent and mitigate terrorist attacks and their consequences.

 

A tool to evaluate the vulnerabilities of public spaces

In the framework of the European PRoTECT project, Efus and the Dutch organisation for applied research TNO have developed a manual to help local authorities use the “Soft Target Site Assessment” tool developed by the European Union’s Directorate General Home Affairs, which consists of a series of recommendations to assess on site the vulnerabilities of urban public spaces.

PRoTECT is also helping the project’s five partner cities (Brasov, RO – Eindhoven, NL – Larissa, GR – Málaga, ES – Vilnius, LT) to conduct a local vulnerability assessment so they can adopt tailor-made technological solutions and best practices to enhance the protection of their local public spaces.

 

The 17 July seminar will be an occasion to present the “Soft Target Site Assessment” and the accompanying manual for local authorities, as well as the results from five pilot assessments in the five partner cities. It will also be an opportunity to exchange on the need to strengthen cooperation among all stakeholders involved in order to respond to new threats against public spaces.

 

The seminar will gather representatives from local authorities and law enforcement agencies, as well as experts, security practitioners and other stakeholders involved at the national and European level.

 

PRoTECT: strengthening local authorities’ capacities to secure public spaces

 

The PRoTECT project seeks to strengthen local authorities’ capacities to secure their public spaces, before, during and after a terrorist threat.

 

It uses tools, technology, training and field demonstrations that will improve situational awareness and improve direct responses that strengthen the security of public spaces.




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Paris, France, March 2019

The partners in the PROTECT project (“Public Resilience Using Technology to Counter Terrorism”) for the protection of urban public spaces against terrorist threats met for the project’s second meeting on 28 February and 1 March, in Paris. The manual developed by the Dutch Organisation for Applied Scientific Research TNO, a partner in the project, and Efus was presented to the partners. Its objective is to help local authorities use the tool developed by the European Union’s Directorate General Home Affairs to assess the vulnerabilities of urban public spaces.

Learning to identify vulnerabilities

Titled Vulnerability Assessment Tool (VAT), this tool can be used on site to evaluate a public space. Areas identified by the VAT tool as potential targets of a terrorist attack are those where the public comes regularly for an activity, for example transport hubs, squares, shopping areas, places of worship, and cultural, business and institutional venues. They are targets because attacking them can help terrorist organisations reach their goals, for instance threatening the safety of the public, the values of democratic states or citizen rights and freedoms.

The role of local authorities

As stated by the European Commission in its Action plan to support the protection of public spaces, “local and regional authorities are important stakeholders” and as such, the Commission promotes dialogue and exchange between national, regional and local authorities as well as support the development of operational projects such as PRoTECT.
As part of the PROTECT project, the manual and the VAT tool will be tested in five European cities with the support of Efus: Brasov (RO), Eindhoven (NL), Larissa (GR), Malaga (SP), and Vilnius (LT).




‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, December 2018

The partners of the PRoTECT project (“Public Resilience Using Technology to Counter Terrorism”) for the protection of urban public spaces against terrorist threats met during the Kick-off meeting on the 10th and 11th of December 2018, at the premises of Stichting DITSS in the Netherlands.

During the two-day meeting an analysis was made on the main goals of the project, the management procedures and the way ahead for the next six months with a focus on the Vulnerability Assessment Tool (VAT) and the processes that had to be followed for the organization of the five Workshops that would be conducted in Netherlands (EINDHOVEN), Greece (LARISA), Spain (MALAGA), Lithuania (VILNIAUS) and Romania (BRASOV).




This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 ISFP programme under grant agreement n° 815356