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In order to create resilience against terrorism, local and regional authorities in Europe have taken a number of steps to prevent terrorist attacks and protect their citizens. By developing common guidelines and exchanging good practices the next step has been set to reaching sustainable and effective solutions. In correlation to these considerations, local authorities can play a significant role in improving the protection of public spaces. By enhancing awareness on vulnerabilities within their own public space and through acquiring knowledge about existing solutions, both technological and human-centred, local and regional authorities are creating resilience against terrorist attacks. 

The PRoTECT Consortium invited law enforcement agencies, local authorities, European-funded projects and the private sector to exchange best practices and technologies in a series of three PRoTECT webinars, hosted on 15, 15 and 17 July 2020. You will find audio and visual recordings, along with closed captioning, below. 

To directly view the solutions that have been selected from the Request of Information, click here

Webinars

Session 1 (15 July, 10am CEST) Panel: The protection of public spaces at policy and strategy level 

The EU Action Plan and the working document on Good Practices to Support the Protection of Public Spaces state that the co-production of public space protection is key, particularly in the context of terrorism. Preventing and mitigating terrorist threats require raising awareness among local and regional authorities and training them. Furthermore, it is important they cooperate with each other as well as with the private sector. Increased cooperation is also needed between the local, regional and national levels of governance.

Session 2 (16 July, 10am CEST) Case studies:  The protection of public spaces at practitioner level

“There is no one single solution available, conversely, multiple methods and techniques can be put in place to guarantee safety and security in public spaces. The techniques range from architectural design in order to rethink the design of public spaces keeping security into account in continuity to emerging technologies such as AI and predictive surveillance. Moreover, whenever new technologies could appear to be expensive in cost and questionable regarding privacy, or when it could be difficult to rethink and re-project public spaces, building an action plan in order to mitigate, prevent and manage crime events would be a viable solution" (PRoTECT Best Practices and Technologies).

This session presented an overview of the PRoTECT best practices  and case studies implemented by cities for the  protection of public spaces. 

Session 3 (17 July, 10am CEST): The PRoTECT project’s perspective on the protection of public spaces

Devising hypothetical threat scenarios in specific public spaces that are potential soft targets for a terrorist attack can greatly help municipalities assess existing solutions to prevent or mitigate such attacks. The European Union’s Technology Evaluation Framework (TEF) is a unique tool for evaluating such solutions and/or technologies, which local authorities can tailor to their specific needs and vulnerabilities. During this session, the Request for Information procedure to identify potential solutions to be demonstrated in the five PRoTECT partner cities was presented, along with the use and application of the TEF, and the technological solutions selected by municipalities. 

Seminars

First seminar

First seminar in Brasov, Romania on 17 July 2019.

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.

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