14.3 – Input to the EUSBSR Priority Area 14 Feasibility Study

How to define a broader context in which 14.3 is positioned? One answer could be given by a team that was commissioned to write a feasibility study for EUSBSR Priority Area 14. The feasibility study is looking into civil protection cooperation practices in the Baltic Sea region. Thus it only makes sense that it touches upon 14.3 example – an ongoing experience of all-hazard approach driven cooperation that includes virtually all the states around the Baltic Sea.

PA 14 feasibility study is being written not only through distanced research and observation. It also creates opportunities for stakeholders of the topic to meet and provide feedback as well as update in a form of discussion. Second workshop of such kind was organized in Helsinki, Finland on 7-8 November 2012. The event was held within the premises of the Aleksanteri Institute of Helsinki University.

An important part of this workshop was presentation of 14.3 developments. Task leaders or representatives from all tasks of 14.3 were participating at the workshop and presented recent developments in their 14.3 work field. While each of them presented subject matters of their tasks, the leitmotif of the workshop was the word “cooperation.” What are the challenges that cooperation partners meet? What means should be adopted in order to facilitate the process of cooperation? Do we all interpret this concept similarly? Academicians are not the only stakeholders that can benefit from finding an answer to these questions. As 14.3 example has proved, operational project partners would benefit as well. Just like any other implementors of future civil protection cooperation projects in the Baltic Sea region.

14.3 presence and presentation at the workshop thus added an important dimension of a dialogue that will inform further work on PA 14 feasibility study. The results of this study will be presented at the 14.3 Mid-term Review Conference in the beginning of 2013.