New BEREC Consultation open until January 31

On December 11th a public debriefing of  BEREC took place in Brussels. Its main purpose was to present the workplan for 2020 following the inputs received by stakeholders. PSCE contributed last November to this work programme for 2020 and to the mid-term strategy.  BEREC also presented the newly issued guidelines in response to the task set in article 110(2) of the European Union Directive establishing the European Electronic Communications Code. This document aims to assist member states in assessing the effectiveness of alternative Public Warning Systems (PWS) using means of electronic communications services and includes a description of the task set in article 110(2), an interpretation of its legal scope and a proposition of exhaustive guideline of steps to conduct.

This was also the opportunity for PSCE to stress the need to take into consideration the fact that PWS are mostly run by Ministry of Interiors or Public Safety organisations which are operating in a different frame than the national regulators authorities. Therefore, the guidelines should be prepared in a constant dialogue and exchange with the authorities concerned.

A consultation is now open on these guidelines.

Public consultation for BEREC guidelines on how to assess the effectiveness of public warning systems transmitted by different means: open from 11th December 2019 to 31 January 2020. All stakeholders are invited to submit their contributions to the following e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Third successful European workshop on Public Warning Systems

The French Ministry of Interior kindly hosted our third in the series of workshops for 2019, this time in Paris on 3 December.  Once again, operational practitioners, project leads and some of the world’s leading technology suppliers came together to collaborate on the successful design to delivery of an effective Public Warning System (PWS).  Our workshop programme objective is now widely recognised for its help to EU and EEA Member States with Getting it right first time.  We want to see everyone enjoy the safety benefits from implementing Article 110, European Electronic Communications Code by June 2022.

The European Commission recently addressed the issue of Artificial Intelligence liability

For now, at the EU level, new technology including AI is regulated by the same regulations than any other defective product, namely part of the Product Liability Directive at the EU level, or tort and insurance law of Member States. But AI characterized products carry different risks of harm, and the same treatment policy actually results in inefficient or unfair allocation of compensation to the victims.

Successful final CIPROVOT event

The final CIPROVOT event “How to best train volunteers?” successfully took place in Brussels, last Wednesday, November 20th. The venue was at the Umbria Region, in Schuman, and it welcomed external speakers from the Red Cross EU and DG Education.

Mr Eberhard Lueder, Red Cross, offered a perspective on Volunteer Training, explaining the frequent asked questions that the organisation received regarding the training, practice and motivation of volunteers.

As for DG Education, it was represented by Ms Malgorzata Kozak, who delivered a speech about the impact of Erasmus+ programme - which has funded CIPROVOT – for climate change.

Overall, it was an opportunity for participants to learn more about the project, including its training methodology and framework, which resulted in the development of a MOOC that was elaborated in four different idioms – English, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. These results were presented by CESIE and APSU, direct partners in the project. APSU presented an interactive exercise to collect feedback and suggestions on the exploitation of the project results.