Policy Area Secure Steering Group
State fire and rescue service of Latvia is a member of the Policy Area (PA) Secure Steering Group, which is the strategic body of one of the thirteen policy areas in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region(EUSBSR). PA Secure is co-coordinated by the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) Secretariat and the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB). PA Secure and its Steering Group were founded in 2013, and consist of members from all eight EU countries in the Baltic Sea Region, along with the Union of the Baltic Cities – Safe Cities Commission, the CBSS’ expert group Task Force against Trafficking in Human Beings (TF-THB) and the Children at Risk unit at the CBSS Secretariat. The steering group meets twice a year to discuss priorities and strategic actions in the fields of civil protection and law enforcement. The Steering Group also supports international projects, which help to share expertise and best practices in civil protection among the countries. The most successful and innovative projects and processes that can be useful for the whole macro-region are nominated by the Steering Group for a EUSBSR Flagship status. During its existence, the EUSBSR resulted in 120 Flagship projects, around every 10th of which – under PA Secure.
The rationale behind Policy Area Secure is that cooperation between countries and actors in the Baltic Sea Region – facing common challenges that can be solved jointly – can save lives, prevent economic losses and contribute to making the region safer and more prosperous for people to live in. PA Secure acts in a holistic societal security paradigm that focuses on risk reduction management related to all threats, regardless whether their origins are natural disasters, man-made disasters or organized crime.PA Secure strives for building long-lasting professional relationships and to create a common security culture in the Baltic Sea Region.
Find more information on the PA Secure website