RUNIC/IT/283/05
Bruxelles, Friday 10 June 2005


RESEARCH ON SECURITY MEASURE DURING MAJOR EVENTS: A NEW
PLATFORM OF COOPERATION HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED IN EUROPE




UNICRI, 10 June 2005: The coordination of research and the sharing of strategies represent the recipe for success in meeting the needs for security during major events. This was the approach adopted during the meeting held in Paris on the 9th and 10th of June which has focused on security measures during major events. Ten European countries and Europol, coordinated by UNICRI (United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute), carried out the EU-SEC project and discussed its enlargement to the other 15 EU countries.

The EU-SEC project, that started at the end of 2004, supports security activities during major events within the European Union. The projects envisages the coordination of national and regional research programmes in view of the development of new methodologies and strategies in the field of security during Major Events. The project adopts a step by step approach, from the systematic exchange of information on current programmes carried out by the partners to the implementation of joint activities, including the possible launch of a joint transnational call for proposals.

In line with the requirements of the European Commission, EU-SEC has been conceived as a means to identify and, where possible, eliminate gaps and obstacles that interfere with the creation of an effective and comprehensive European research system in this peculiar field.

During the meetings in Paris the project Steering Committee had finally agreed to involve 15 European Countries.

This initiative represents the most significant project on security measures during Major Events in Europe. “UNICRI is developing activities in this field in various regions of the world, with this tailored programme the Institute aims to effectively contribute to the creation of a common area of research in Europe”, said Gioacchino Polimeni, UNICRI Director.

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