Opinion Factsheet  

AC - Action Plan to support the protection of public spaces

Opinion Number: CDR 5902/2017
Commission: CIVEX
Status: Adopted
Date: 04/07/2018
To simplify and to increase the access to European Union funds for non-state actors, to open them up to local authorities of all sizes, and to ensure that funds are used efficiently.
To support the development of cross-sectoral cooperation and coordination mechanisms, at local level, for first responders in the immediate response to terrorist attacks, incl. via trainings, exercises and exchange of best practice and lessons learned.
Local communities needs support in incorporating effectively security by design solutions into construction of new buildings and public areas, and renovations of soft target facilities and further investment in discrete detection capabilities using all modern technology available.

 notes that national security remains the responsibility of the Member States but underlines also that cooperation with EU and non EU partners is essential;

 highlights in this context the importance of mobilisation by local elected officials in increasing public awareness and in trying to prevent terrorism through social integration and re-building communities after terrorist attacks;

 stresses that the operational measures, coordination actions and guidelines set out in the action plan are inseparable from the EU's policies, actions and instruments, including judicial cooperation in criminal matters, police cooperation, civil protection and crisis management, and preventing radicalisation;

 stresses that a balance must be maintained between preserving individual and collective freedoms including the protection of personal data and the aim to maintain open societies and accessible public spaces on the one hand, and, on the other hand, the possible restriction of these freedoms in cases where this is necessary, lawful, proportionate, appropriate to the circumstances, measured, reversible and limited in space and time.



Meeting with Ms. Amparo Marco Gual, Mayor of Castellon de la Plana

The main objective of the meeting was to share best practices and useful solutions to better protect public spaces, and to raise awareness about the importance of the physical protection of these open spaces.

16 May

Meeting with Mrs.Wallis Goelen, Head of Unit “Inclusive Growth, Urban and Territorial Development", DG Regio, European Commission

In order to prepare his opinion, Mr. Barnier had a meeting with Ms. Wallis Goelen Vandebrock, Head of Unit, Inclusive Growth, Urban and Territorial Development, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy in order to discuss about financial support which will be available for the cities investing in security solutions under Urban Innovative Actions.

22 Mar

EU Mayors' Conference: Building Urban Defences Against Terrorism: Lessons Learned From Recent Attacks

On 8 March 2018 the European Commission and European Committee of Regions organized a conference of mayors from EU cities who discussed about the protection of public spaces and prevention of radicalisation. Lessons learned from recent attacks were presented and good practices emerging in cities across the Union were identified. Local authorities were invited to jointly address terrorism and radicalisation and encouraged to maximise the use of financial support from the EU
Mr. Jean-François Barnier, CoR Rapporteur on the opinion “Action Plan to Support the Protection of Public spaces” was speaker in the panel "Security by design in public buildings, the urban landscape and public-private cooperation".

08 Mar