CBSS – Council of the Baltic Sea States

The Council of the Baltic Sea States is an overall political forum for regional inter-governmental cooperation. The Members of the Council are the eleven states of the Baltic Sea Region as well as the European Commission. The states are Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden and a representative from the European Commission.

The Council consists of the Ministers for Foreign Affairs from each Member State and a member of the European Commission. The Presidency of the Council rotates among the Member States on an annual basis. The role of the Council is to serve as a forum for guidance and overall coordination among the participating states. The foreign minister of the presiding country is responsible for coordinating the Council’s activities and is assisted in this work by the Committee of Senior Officials (CSO). Since 1998 the work of the CBSS is assisted by an international secretariat. The CBSS Secretariat is the main beneficiary and the Lead Partner of EUSBSR Flagship Project 14.3. Since November 2011 the Secretariat acts on behalf of Priority Area Coordinator of the EUSBSR PA 14.

The CBSS most recent event was the 9th Baltic States Summit held in Stralsund, Germany, and hosted and chaired by Dr. Angela Merkel. Russia will take over the CBSS Presidency as of 1 July 2012.

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The Swedish Institute

Swedish Institute (SI) public agency that promotes interest and confidence in Sweden around the world. The Swedish Institute has extensive experience of international relations, building sustainable networks between Sweden and other countries for exchange and public diplomacy.Institute seeks to establish cooperation and lasting relations with other countries through strategic communication and exchange in the fields of culture, education, science and business. SI works closely with Swedish embassies and consulates around the world.

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Frederikssund-Halsnæs Fire & Rescue Service 

This service provides fire and rescue services to the  municipalities of Frederikssund and Halsnaes in the centre of the island of Seeland, in Denmark. The two municipalities are home to approximately 76.000 inhabitants who live within a land area of 382 square miles. The Fire Department’s key activities and responsibilities include responding to and preventing: fires, road accidents; flooding; fires at sea, hazardous material and chemical incidents; major incidents including terrorists attacks; boat preparedness; and providing other humanitarian services such as rescuing casualties from variety of emergency scenarios. Like all fire and rescue services in Denmark, Frederikssund-Halsnaes operational activities are overseen at the national level by the Ministry of Defense.

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The Estonian Rescue Board

A governmental institution under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of the Interior which has the leading role in planning preparedness for emergencies and the operational management of regional Rescue Centers. It is also responsible for the development and implementation of national rescue policies.The Estonian Rescue Board represents Estonia in bilateral and multilateral relations related to civil protection and cooperates with the emergency management and civil protection bodies of UN, EU, NATO and other relevant organizations.

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Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK)
STUK is a governmental public agency with main objective to protect people, society, environment and future generations against harmful effects of radiation. STUK is a safety, security and safeguards authority for use of nuclear energy and radiation and control of exposure to natural radiation. STUK also carries out research related to ionising and non-ionising radiation. Furthermore, STUK is the national responsible organization for surveillance of environmental radioactivity and an expert body in nuclear and radiation emergencies creating the radiation situation in the emergency and preparing  recommendations for protective actions. STUK also offers expert services in the field of nuclear and radiation safety, nuclear security and safeguards. The operation of STUK is enacted by the Nuclear Energy Act, Nuclear decree, Radiation Act and the Radiation Decree.

During many years STUK has successfully participated in tens of research projects financed by EU. In the beginning of 2007 STUK established a laboratory especially focusing on nuclear security safety related research. STUK manages Foreign Ministry financed co-operation programmes in Russia and Ukraine.

Information on radiation and nuclear safety is exchanged in international co-operation and in co-projects. STUK has established its position as a member of the international expert community.

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Hamburg Fire and Rescue Service

The Hamburg Fire and Rescue Service performs their tasks and activities based on the federal state laws for fire protection, ambulance service and disaster control. The outcome of this is a varied spectrum of tasks like:

  •  preventive fire protection
  •  ambulance service
  • Technical emergency response
  • Explosive ordnance disposal squad/aerial photograph interpretation
  • Pollution control
  • Cooperation in disaster control

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State Fire and Rescue Service of Latvia, EU and International affairs division

The division is a state administrative institution under the supervision of the Ministry of the Interior which implements:

  • State policy in the field of the fire safety, fire-fighting and civil protection
  • Supervises compliance with the fire safety requirements specified in regulatory enactments;
  • Coordinates the activities of the safety, fire-fighting and rescue services established by institutions, organizations, commercial companies and local government and voluntary fire-fighter organisations which activities are related to fire safety and fire-fighting.

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Fire and Rescue Department under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania (FRD).

The FRD is assigned to:

  • Determine the national policy of fire and civil protection in the country;
  • Lay down strategies for its subordinate services;
  • Draw up fire and civil protection legislation and supervise its enforcement;
  • Control the state fire supervision;
  • Be in charge of prevention and management of emergencies;
  • Provide counseling to the public institutions and business in the field of civil protection;
  • Coordinate fire and civil protection training;
  • Give advice to the public in fire and civil protection matters;
  • Record fire and rescue statistics;
  • Encourage NGO’s and volunteer organizations in the field of fire prevention.

The FRD is in command of civil protection exercises at national level, as well as for preparedness of state institutions and the community for taking practical actions in the event of emergencies.

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Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning (DSB)

In the area of national preparedness, the Directorate is to support the Ministry of Justice and the Police in its coordinating role, develop and maintain national emergency preparedness and response plans, as well as provide advice and report to the Ministry and the Government in connection with national crisis management.

DSB provides information and advice, and carries out supervision of ministries, county governors and municipalities. Research, studies and documentation related to development of national vulnerability and the changing threat scenario make up an important part of the Directorate’s work, as a basis for planning emergency preparedness, response and priorities. The Directorate plans and conducts exercises in crisis management and crisis communication for strategic management on the national, regional and local levels.

DSB is responsible in connection with specific emergency preparedness arrangements in the fields of chemical protection, forest fires, rescue efforts at sea, and for coordinating and following up the Regulations relating to Major Accidents (the Norwegian version of the EU’s Seveso II Directive).

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The Main School for Fire Service in Warsaw (SGSP)

It’s the only one in Poland and one of the few state technical universities in the world, which trains fire officers and educates specialists in fire safety and civil safety engineering. SGSP reports to the Minister of Interior  and is scientifically and educationally supervised by Ministry of Science and Higher Education. It has full academic rights and constitutes an organizational unit of the State Fire Service (PSP). As a technical university SGSP provides studies on the two faculties: Training School for Fire-fighters (Fire Protection) and Civil Safety Engineering Faculty (Civil Protection) as well as on some interfaculty and trainings. SGSP study program and research work besides: lectures, classes, conferences, workshop, seminars, practice, is also based on numerous laboratories (almost 20). One of them is to be particulary used for the project realization. The Educational Centre for Public Safety that runs a Multimedia Decision Making Training on all managerial levels (international, tactical and strategic) including individual need of trainees (available flood scenario decision making game). Participation in Multimedia Decision Making Training (virtual reality/ role playing training) allows the trainees to be more efficient during response operations for crisis situations in real life.

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Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB)

Agency is responsible for work related to public safety, emergency management and civil defense in Sweden.
Its goals are strong civil protection and good emergency preparedness in which everyone shares responsibility. Organisations tasks are carried out in close cooperation with societal stakeholders and its mandate spans the entire spectrum of threats and risks, from everyday accidents to major disasters and war.
MSB has an important role coordinating a across and between various sector boundaries and areas of responsibility. This coordinating role is based on the principle of responsibility, i.e. whoever is responsible for an activity in normal conditions should maintain that corresponding responsibility during major emergencies

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