PSCE Newsletter April 2020


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NEWSLETTER April 2020
Public Safety Communication Europe (PSCE) is pleased to present you the first 2020 edition of the PSCE Newsletter. We keep you updated on our activities and provide you with the latest EU news and initiatives in Public Safety Communications!    
COVID-19: EU actions in the area of Crisis Management
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The European Commission is coordinating a common response to the COVID-19 in different areas. Through the civil protection mechanism and rescEu, different actions were undertaken to facilitate the repatriation of Europeans from beyond Europe to their countries and to increase the stock of protective equipment and medical emergency equipment. A ResEU stockpile will be hosted by one or several Member States. The hosting State will be responsible for procuring the equipment. The Commission will finance 90% of the stockpile. The Emergency Response Coordination Centre will manage the distribution of the equipment to ensure it goes where it is needed most. The initial EU budget of the stockpile is €50 million, of which €40 million is subject to the approval of the budgetary authorities. In addition, under the Joint Procurement Agreement, Member States are in the process of purchasing personal protective equipment, respiratory ventilators and items necessary for coronavirus testing. This coordinated approach gives Member States a strong position when negotiating with the industry on availability and price of medical products. Read More Commission presents practical guidance to ensure the free movement of goods and critical workers
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The Commission has issued new practical advice to ensure that mobile workers within the EU, in particular those in critical occupations to fight the coronavirus pandemic, can reach their workplace. This includes but is not limited to those working in the health care and food sectors, and other essential services like childcare, elderly care, and critical staff for utilities. This complements the EC Guidelines on border management issued last week to keep freight moving across the EU during the crisis and in which Member States were requested to designate, without delay, all the relevant internal border-crossing points on the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) as ‘green lane’ border crossings. Download the guidelines EU Action and Resources on COVID-19
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The EC published a webpage centralising many useful resources and information about the COVID-19 outbreak and the EU response. The page provides an overview of the implications of COVID-19 for various sectors including Public Healt, Mobility, Economy, Crisis Management, Research & Innovation. It also provides useful statistics from the ECDC, a summary of EU actions as well as the latest news and documents regarding COVID-19 Visit the EC Website Commissioner Mariya Gabriel: “Research and Innovation is critical to tackle this global crisis”
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In an exclusive written Q&A with Science|Business, EU commissioner for research, innovation, education and youth Mariya Gabriel vows hundreds of millions for coronavirus R&D but calls on member states to agree on the multiannual budget to avoid delaying critical research. “Only with the help of R&I, we can address the full spectrum of needs. Understanding the disease and how it spreads. Developing more efficient diagnosis, treatment and preparedness,” said the Commissioner.  Read more The EU Toolbox for 5G Security The EU Toolbox consists in a set of measures to mitigate cybersecurity risks related to the rollout of 5G networks. The European Commission also set out a number of next steps, to implement the toolbox. The EU Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) played a supporting role in the delivery of the 5G toolbox. The EU Agency for Cybersecurity is looking forward to supporting the European Commission and the EU Member States with the next steps, such as the implementation of the toolbox. Read More The EU Cybersecurity Act
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The EU Cybersecurity Certification Framework will make it easier for ICT manufacturers and developers to serve the EU market. A unified Cybersecurity Certification Framework across the EU will reduce the effects that a fragmented market has on the economy. To support the creation of certification schemes under this framework the role of standardisation bodies is key. Read More     PSCE Conference in Brussels postponed
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Due to current difficult and uncertain sitution, the PSCE Conference initially planned in June-July 2020 is postponed to December 2020. The new dates will be communicated shortly. PSCE sums up EU’s stance on Artificial Intelligence
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PSCE has been closely following the Artificial Intelligence developments at EU level, eager to contribute and work towards its initiatives. The European Commission has launched on February 19 a White Paper on “Artificial Intelligence – A European approach to excellence and trust” which is open for consultation until May 19. This document builds up on existing documents such as the “Report: Artificial Intelligence a European perspective” from 5 December 2018, and the “Coordinated Plan on AI” from 7 December 2018, the “Political guidelines for 2019-2024” launched by the new president of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. Read more PSCE position on Climate Change
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PSCE has been providing critical insight into Public Safety and Disaster Response (PPDR) since 2009. Today, we commit to take action in response to the climate crisis. The PPDR sector is aware of the challenges due to climate change and PSCE supports the transformation lead by the European Commission and its “Green Deal”. PSCE is eager to bring some proposals to the table in view of mobilising our industry for a clean and circular economy. Download the full document PSCE Activity Report 2019
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2019 has proved to be another extremely important and challenging year. PSCE’s commitment in promoting practitioners’ needs as well as its involvement in policy-making processes at EU level throughout the year shows that PSCE is and will remain recognised as one of the major actors in public safety communications in Europe. The Board Members did their best to bring PSCE’s leverage and expertise to a new level with the support from the Brussels Secretariat. Download the report PSCE welcomes three new members
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We are happy to announce 3 new PSCE members: The Catholic University of Leuven (UCL) ISKRATEL AIRGAIN Welcome on board! More details here
    Join the Crisis Management Innovation Network Europe! The Crisis Management Innovation Network Europe (CMINE) is creating an umbrella network of stakeholders active in Crisis Management by linking existing projects, networks and initiatives. By doing so, CMINE reduces fragmentation, generates ideas and helps to identify innovative solutions to improve European resilience. CMINE is designed to evolve continuously through collaboration with the aim of becoming a pan-European platform, which is centred on the exchanges between various Crisis Management professionals. Join the Community and become part of this ambitious initiative! Join CMINE now BroadWay Project Animated Video Available The BroadWay consortium has just published an animated video describing the ambition of the project. We hope you enjoy watching it!

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