EUSBSR Priority Area Secure

On 22 February 2013, European Commission disseminated the reviewed Action Plan of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region EUSBSR. After a revision, a new priority are dealing with land-based civil protection matters was formulated on the basis of the work done within flagship project 14.3 as well as based on recommendations from the EU Member State civil protection authorities operating in the Baltic Sea region. Coordination of PA Secure was assigned to Sweden and the CBSS Secretariat.


More information on EUSBSR PA Secure will follow soon, whereas now you can read more about the first public event of the new priority area here. Below you can find some facts on EUSBSR Priority Area 14, which was the forerunner of PA Secure.



Since November 2011, the Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat acts on behalf of Priority Area Coordinator (PAC) of the PA 14 of the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR)

Description of the Priority Area 14 in the EUSBSR Action Plan:

“Transport by sea is expected to increase significantly in the coming years in the Baltic Sea and with that comes a higher risk of accidents. While fortunately, ship accidents (in particular those causing pollution) have not increased over the last years, in 2007, there were 120 ship accidents in the Baltic Sea. Other major emergencies with cross border effects could result from natural and technological disasters, acts of terrorism including chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear terrorism, and technological, radiological or environmental accidents as well as health threats from communicable and non-communicable diseases. The economic impacts of disasters may adversely affect the economic growth and competitiveness of EU regions.”
There are three Flagship Projects identified under the EUSBSR Action Plan Priority Area 14:

14.1 Assess volunteer troops’ capacities regarding maritime pollution response, as well as maritime search and rescue operations.

14.2 BRISK: Sub-regional Risk of Spill of Oil and Hazardous Substances in the Baltic Sea –Mapping existing marine pollution response capacities and making sub-regional plans for cross-border response cooperation, based on assessment of the integrated risk of shipping accidents.

14.3 Macro-Regional Risk Scenarios and Gaps Identification – developing scenarios and identifying gaps for all main hazards in the Baltic Sea Region, in order to anticipate potential disasters. Clike here to read more