Drone regulation adopted in Europe

On 11 June 2019, common European rules on drones - Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/945 and Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/947 - have been published to ensure drone operations across Europe are safe and secure. The rules will amongst others help to protect the safety and the privacy of EU citizens while enabling the free circulation of drones and a level playing field within the European Union.

The rules will apply to all operators of drones – both professionals and those flying drones for leisure. Following the technical requirements for drones this is another key deliverable under the Commission's Aviation Strategy for Europe whose core objectives are to maintain the highest level of safety and to support the competitiveness of the EU's aviation industry.

“Europe will be the first region in the world to have a comprehensive set of rules ensuring safe, secure and sustainable operations of drones both, for commercial and leisure activities. Common rules will help foster investment, innovation and growth in this promising sector” said Patrick Ky, Executive Director of EASA.

Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said that “the EU will now have the most advanced rules worldwide. This will pave the way for safe, secure and green drone flights. It also provides the much needed clarity for the business sector and for drone innovators Europe-wide."

These rules, which will replace existing national rules in EU Member States, not only address safety but also contain important building blocks to mitigate drone related security risks. Through operators' registration, remote identification and definition of geographical zones, all national authorities will have means to prevent misuse or unlawful drone activities. As of 2020 drone operators will have to be registered with national authorities.

Second E2mC User Workshop on 14 June in Geneva

The E2mC consortium will hold its second Dedicated User Workshop at the university of Geneva, Switzerland on June 14th. It will gather a variety of stakeholders from different ecosystems (humanitarian/satellite mapping/emergency management). The programme will mainly focus on showing the progress and results achieved by the E2mC project at the end of its lifespan, but will also feature presentations from other actors in the fields of humanitarian response and volunteer engagement. Stay tuned!

Success of the PSCE Conference in Lancaster

On 5 and 6 June 2019, another PSCE conference successfully took place in Lancaster, UK. Two workshops were collocated to the conference and were held simultaneously on June 4th. The first workshop took place as part of the IN-PREP&HEIMDALL projects and addressed the topic of transboundary cooperation in crisis management, while the second, allowed interested suppliers for the BroadWay project to meet potential partners and form tendering teams.

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Workshops during PSCE Conference in Lancaster: IN-PREP and HEIDMALL

During our upcoming Conference in Lancaster (4-6 June), PSCE is pleased to announce the presentation of two EU-funded projects in our dedicated Workshops: IN-PREP and HEIDMALL. These workshops will be held on June 4.

Both projects are in the realm of disaster management, public protection and disaster relief (PPDR) and are intended to provide guidance and knowledge to first responders.

The project IN-PREP aims to improve collaborative response planning between the different stakeholders. The project addresses the lack of training capabilities and insufficient links in transboundary crises management. The IN-PREP system is a collaborative training platform made up of three elements:

  • A novel IT training platform called the Mixed Reality Preparedness Platform MRPP
  • Training modules that test coordination between agencies and their plans
  • A Crisis Management handbook which is cross organizational

IN-PREP project is addressed at crisis practitioners and first responders from different agencies to train and plan collaboratively for future crisis events by:

  • Sharing response planning across borders and agencies securely
  • Communicating relevant information in real time
  • Coordinating critical resources

As for the project HEIDMALL, aims at improving preparedness of societies to cope with complex crisis situations by providing a flexible platform for multi-hazard emergency planning and management, which makes use of innovative technologies for the definition of multi-disciplinary scenarios and response plans, providing integrated assets to support emergency management, such as monitoring, modelling, situation and risk assessment, decision support and communication tools. HEIMDALL fosters data and information sharing among the relevant stakeholders, maximises the accuracy of valuable information and improves population awareness.

Successful first PSCE collaborative workshop on Public Warning System 16 May 2019

Successful first PSCE collaborative workshop on Public Warning System 16 May 2019

 

Following the entry into force of the European Electronic Communications Code, Member States have until 21 June 2022 to make sure that their Public Warning System (PWS) will send alerts to people's mobile phones in the event of a natural disaster, terrorist attack or other major emergency.

On May 16th, PSCE launched an ambitious programme to support national authorities to define the requirements for the design of their national PWS based on solid experience and lessons learnt from other countries.