SAT-LAW: “Strategic Assessment for LAW and Police Cooperation”
Objectives of SAT – LAW include: Contribute to a bi-annual case-based report (art.37) to the EC on the application of Directive 2104/41/EU, on the basis of both qualitative and quantitative information, including the coherence, harmonization and interrelation with other judicial instruments to harmonize judicial and police cooperation.
The anticipated results are: increased capacity of national authorities to address issues related to judicial cooperation in criminal matters; Align the EU acquis and relevant case-law of the CJEU/ECtHR; prosecutors and judges have further specialised knowledge and experience in respective fields; Closer cooperation between LEAs, Prison Police and Judiciary; increased awareness of policy makers and technocrats related to judicial cooperation in criminal matters.
The project is led by the Italian Ministry of Justice – Regional Directorate of the Penitentiary Administration of Triveneto, based in Padua, and will be implemented by a partnership of 9 centers of excellence from 8 European countries:
- European University, Cyprus;
- Kentro Meleton Asfaleias (KEMEA), Greece;
- Agenfor International Foundation, Italy;
- Czech Technical University (C-VUT), Czech Republic;
- Euro-Arab Foundation (FUNDEA), Spain;
- University of Granada, Spain;
- University of Malta, Malta;
- Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD), Bulgaria;
- University of Toulouse II (Le Mirail), France.
AQ-Serve: “Air Quality Services for a cleaner air in Cyprus”
(01/19 – 12/21)Website:
Cyprus is centrally located in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East (EMME), a region with a population of about 400 million, affected by dust storms, dryness, heat extremes and unparalleled air pollution. The EMME has been identified as one of the few climate change “hot spots”, with adverse impacts by extreme weather events and poor air quality, which are expected to exacerbate in the coming decades. Air pollution, especially particulate matter (PM), plays a crucial role in regional climate (temperature, precipitation) and has major adverse health effects.
AQ-SERVE will combine innovative technical developments with new scientific knowledge on the characterization and prediction of air quality in order to provide the first-ever evaluation of the health impact and risk assessment of air pollution in Cyprus. Different scenarios (abatement measures) will be tested in a coupled Air Quality/Health & Risk model with the objective to define efficient mitigation measures, which can be translated to the public authorities (National Air Quality Action Plan).
JP-COOPS: “JUDICAL AND POLICE COOPERATION PREVENTING RADICALISATION TOWARDS TERRORISM”
The Objectives of the project are:
- Address gaps in JHA cross-border cooperation through the expansion and coordination of existing training networks;
- Design new innovative legal training contents;
- Deliver up-scalable and modular Toolkit of the Toolkits to accommodate national differences to counter radicalization while enhancing Fundamental Rights.
The foreseen Activities of the project are:
- 5 Training Living Labs (TLL) to jurisdictionalize preventive practices in all European regions for 50 interagency experts;
- Handbook (1000 copies) to train trainers on the use of judiciary measures as a Risk Reduction Tool, case-law of ECtHR, CJEU, FRA and EC Guidelines;-Comprehensive Packages for Delivering Large Scale Training on Radicalisation composed by 5 new training modules framed within the HERMES LMS;
- 2 ToT (26 particpants) and 56 Interagency Training Courses, to strengthen the existing network of National Trainers to reinforce Police and Judicial Cooperation aimed at the Prevention of Radicalisation in 26 MSs;
- International Dissemination:1 Int’l Conference+Multimedia Campaign.
Persons benefiting from the project:
- 113 among judges, court staff, investigative judge, public prosecutors, and lawyers;
- 113 LEAs;
- 500 Prison Police, prison staff and surveillance judges/courts;
- 75 Private Experts.
The Expected results of the project are:
- an increased capacity of national authorities to address issues related to judicial cooperation in cases of radicalisation;
- to align the EU acquis and relevant case-law of the CJEU/ECtHR with EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and other international instruments;
- the reinforcement of the existing network of contact points of Judicial training providers.
The members of the JP-COOPS Consortium are:
- UNIVERSITY OF MALTA – COORDINATOR;
- UNIVERSIDAD REY JUAN CARLOS (SPAIN);
- FONDAZIONE AGENFOR INTERNATIONAL (ITALY);
- CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF DEMOCRACY (BULGARIA);
- KEMEA (GREECE);
- HOCHSCHULE FUR OFFENTLICHE VERWALTUNG (GERMANY);
- THE INSTITUTE FOR EUROPEAN STUDIES (IES) AT THE VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL (BELGIUM);
- THE CENTRE FOR RISK AND DECISION SCIENCES (CERIDES) AT THE EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY CYPRUS (CYPRUS);
- ASSOCIATION MILITANTS DES SAVOIRS (FRANCE);
- CZECH TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY (CZECH REPUBLIC).
This project has received fundings from the European Commission Directorate-General Justice and Consumers under the Agreement no. 807032.
ENREAC-HEI: “Enhance Researchers and HEI staff skills and competences in data management and research integrity to increase academia collaboration capacity”
The ENREAC-HEI project aims to develop and test a set of MOOC courses on Research skills and Open Science practices, addressed to Higher Education students to increase their skills and competences in research management, open science techniques, collaboration and teamwork.
The main objectives of the project are to:
- Increase the knowledge on current Open Science Practices and Research skills of the project participants
- Enlarge the partners’ training offer in the area
- Foster HEI’s capacity for collaboration with other institutions
- Boost the usability – relevance – adequacy – sustainability of the program by engaging and sharing ownership with relevant actors, experts and stakeholders at local and regional level
Main Outputs of the project:
- eLearning course on Essential Researchers’ Skills: development of project management skills, budget, team and data management, IT skills, networking, time management, communication and presentation.
- eLearning course on Open Science Skills: a comprehensive approach to “Open Science-related elements for Researchers”.
- Trainers’ Training Manual: a manual for trainers on how to implement and deliver the program.
- eLearning Platform: a digital space to support the learning process (e-learning material and assessment tools).
DataPro: “Updating the EU Data Protection Field”
In an increasingly data driven world, cybersecurity is no longer just a concern for experts. Our proposed project is establishing a solid regional partnership in Greece, Cyprus and Germany, responding to the challenges of the new European data protection regime that is being shaped by the adoption on 27 April 2016, of a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2016/679. Since there is no common European framework on skills and competences needed in data protection Sector, business Sector is facing a rising skills mismatch between data protection employees across European countries with different occupational profile on skills and competences and most importantly, different level of legislation/integration on data protection.
DataPro aims to incorporate the new digital mentality that is being shaped to companies, employees and young learners, while responding to the fragmented certification system in the field.
Project’s Objectives (P.O.) are to:
P.O.1: Foster employability of young learners and employees
P.O.2: Enhance transparency and harmonization of Sectoral skills and qualifications
P.O.3: Support the preparation and setting-up of a new Joint VET Curricula
P.O.4: Create a standardized VET Certification for DPOs
P.O.5: Develop a new Work Based Learning Scheme
P.O.6: Foster cross-border, transnational and interregional mobility
MEDEA: “Mediterranean practitioners’ network & capacity building for effective response to emerging security challenges”
Europe is a mobile society and mobility is at the heart of our sustainable development. The creation of the Schengen area without internal borders has brought important benefits to European citizens and businesses alike. In order to ensure a high level of internal security and the free movement of persons within Schengen, the absence of internal borders in the Schengen area requires strong and reliable external borders. Thus, securing Schengen area is the cornerstone of ensuring European Union coherence, but still only one part of the security equation. EU is facing many other challenges and the security agenda is getting more and more complex and demanding and thus security practitioners must remain vigilant in order to confront all challenges. The protection of Europe’s societies has become an all-hazards effort not geographically and culturally bound. In the future, the response to multiple threats in the Mediterranean and Black Sea region will have to function in an environment in which advances in technology and the evolution of society and the geopolitical situation of the region may significantly affect both the nature of threats and of the response. MEDEA’s response to this challenge is through the establishment of a network driven and operated by practitioners, whose daily jobs and concerns is to make the M&BS societies more secure and safer.
ALTER: “Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction”
The Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction project, or ALTER for short, focuses on establishing public-private partnerships to understand and address flood risks that may stem from water and mining dam failures. Know-how, technologies and experience from the European Union will be transferred to Armenia. Activities will stress the importance of full cooperation between local communities, non-governmental organizations, government ministries, and private-sector companies. Project’s duration is 24 months and is co-financed by the European Union’s Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection Directorate. The project will focus on three pilot areas where dams and other activities present risks to local communities. The areas are the Akhtala and Teghut areas of Lori Marz along the Shamlugh river, the Vorotan Cascade and its associated dams in the Syunik region, and the Kapan and Voghji river basin of Syunik region.
EPICURO: “European Partnership for Innovative Cities within an Urban Resilience Outlook”
Recent flood events in Europe, and worldwide, demonstrate that existing flood defence structures do not guarantee a sufficient protection level for people and properties. New strategies aim for a more holistic approach to flood risk management, with high level of adaptability, flexibility and taking into account climate change and increased urbanisation uncertainties. To support the adaptation to climate changes, Flood resilience (FRe) technology have been delivered to market in recent years. Such technology requires human intervention that most of the time involve the use of specialised teams (Civil Protection) from involved local authorities. Moreover, a people-centred approach is required: citizens’ capacities to contribute to building resilience within their communities should be particularly emphasized. Ιn such a framework, Civil Protection plays a central role in the process of building capacity to withstand disasters following a disaster risk prevention perspective, which can be performed by means of adequate territorial/urban policies, institutional and individual behaviours. As well as, it contributes to the understanding, acknowledge and acceptance of resilience at governance level.
EU-CIRCLE: “A panEuropean framework for strengthening Critical Infrastructure resilience to climate change”
EU-CIRCLE’s scope is to derive an innovative framework for supporting the interconnected European Infrastructure’s resilience to climate pressures, supported by an end-to-end modelling environment where new analyses can be added anywhere along the analysis workflow and multiple scientific disciplines can work together to understand interdependencies, validate results, and present findings in a unified manner providing an efficient “Best of Breeds” solution of integrating into a holistic resilience model existing modelling tools and data in a standardized fashion. It will be open & accessible to all interested parties in the infrastructure resilience business and having a confirmed interest in creating customized and innovative solutions. It will be complemented with a web-based portal. The design principles, offering transparency and greater flexibility, will allow potential users to introduce fully tailored solutions and infrastructure data, by defining and implementing customized impact assessment models, and use climate / weather data on demand.
SPARKS: “Awareness-raising and engagement project to promote Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) across 29 European countries”
Sparks is a project to familiarize and engage European citizens with the concept and practice of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) through the topic of technology shifts in health and medicine. Sparks promotes RRI by inviting key stakeholders to actively question, experiment and play with science in a way that makes it relevant to today’s society. Sparks aims to communicate on the importance of RRI in a new way, by using the creative and “disruptive” visions of artists on how our future will be affected by the use of technologies in health and medicine. The main objectives of Sparks are to:
- Raise awareness about the concept and practice of RRI;
- Encourage citizens and other key stakeholders to share the responsibility for science;
- Increase the capacity of local science actors and public authorities to stimulate RRI processes locally;
- Feed Research and Innovation (R&I) policies at the EU, national, regional and local levels to facilitate the development of RRI processes and enrich the R&I system in the field of health and medicine with societal inputs.</li<
IMPRESS: “Improving Preparedness and Response of Health Services in major crises”
IMPRESS will improve the efficiency of decision making in emergency health operations, which will have a direct impact on the quality of services provided to citizens. It will provide a consolidated concept of operations, to effectively manage medical resources, prepare and coordinate response activities, supported by a Decision Support System, using data from multiple heterogeneous sources. The proposed solution will facilitate communication between Health Services (and Emergency Responders) at all levels of response and the crisis cycle with the necessary health care systems support, supervision and management of participating organizations. It will assist health services in becoming more proactive, better prepared and interoperable with other emergency response organizations. Thus, medical emergency teams will be turned, using IMPRESS, into one coherent force. IMPRESS will catalyze a dramatic and durable impact in the way in which Health Services are provided in crisis situations and will help improve the integration of health care actors and volunteers with other Crisis Management stakeholders, providing also an overall competitive advantage of CM-related SMEs and large businesses in Europe.
CP4ALL: “Civil Protection for All”
CP4ALL has been developed starting from real needs expressed by Civil Protection organizations and local authorities’ organizations, which have touched with their hands the lack of specialized operators, in particular when it comes to emergency situations and several volunteers arrive on site and start supporting CP organizations.
CP4ALL aims to create specific profiles that will operate together and/or inside Civil Protection and Red Cross organizations and which will be competent for dealing with kids in the post disaster phase. These profiles will be trained for working in an international environment so to be available not only during emergencies at national level but also in support to the other CP4ALL teams that will be trained in the other EU project Countries.
MELOGIC: “An integrated methodological framework for emergency logistics”
Recent natural disasters in Europe (e.g. earthquake in Kefallinia Island in Greece, severe and extended floods in Italy, France, Great Britain, and Germany) stressed the importance of the design and operation of efficient and effective relief distribution networks, and revealed the limitations in preparedness policy, in terms of disaster logistics operations, at local and regional level. Reviews from related projects, (both in the EU Civil Protection as well as in other interregional programs) having policy implementation character, reveal an opportunity for improving significantly relief logistics operations by addressing the following key issues:
- Identification of main emergency logistic problems (e.g. pre-positioning of emergency supplies) from civil protection authorities’ point of view.
- Creation of an e-library of best practices, lessons learnt and strategic/tactic actions for emergency logistics processes.
- Development of a toolbox that will support decision making in terms of preparedness logistics operations.
To this end, the MELOGIC project aims at addressing emergency logistics problems in order to provide an integrated, easily applicable methodological framework for optimizing logistics preparedness operations.
3CE: “Cyprus Cyber Crime Center of Excellence for Training, Research and Education”
3CE will provide short-term, highly focused and specialized training seminars on cybercrime-related issues for public and private sector participants. Courses will facilitate the exchange and diffusion of tacit knowledge and expertise and familiarize participants with new technologies and tools, and improve their day-to-day activities related to the Cybercrime area. University courses on Cybercrime developed and delivered to stakeholders will provide better understanding of the legal and technical elements of cybercrime for new generation scientists. Courses will be made available under creative commons licensing terms for LEAs worldwide. 3CE aspires to become an exemplary Centre of Excellence in the area of Cybercrime by conducting research in relevant fields, focusing particularly on areas dealing with forensic analysis, intrusion detection systems of critical information infrastructures, and legal aspects of cybercrime. Leveraging existing collaborations with third countries (Lebanon, Armenia, Georgia, West Bank Gaza), and membership in CCI, 3CE aspires to serve more globally. Even though such collaborations will take place after the project’s official completion, such actions and synergies will ensure the sustainability and continuous advancement of the Centre spreading its impact not only across Europe but more globally.
EUSTO: “European Surface Transport Operators Forum”
One of the greatest challenges in modern societies is the protection of surface transportation infrastructures. Over the years they have proven to be an attractive target for criminal acts and terrorist attacks. This stems from a combination of societal importance and “openness” by design, thus making these systems widely accessible and servicing millions of people across the EU. Modern surface transportation systems are inherently complex systems and widely interconnected and interdependent and therefore mutual understanding and concept of operations are needed to ensure the most effective protection.
EUSTO proposal originates from the real-world necessity to provide comprehensive and consolidated protection to surface transportation protection networks. In accordance to EU regulations, the responsibility for implementing protection programmes lays with the CI operator and national authorities, and ongoing efforts for the identification and designation of major European CI in the transportaion sector have been lacking progress in recent years. This proposal originates from this drawback in the implementation of the CIPS directive in the EU and aspires to make a small but vital contribution for its implementation.
NERELA: “Building network of remote labs for strengthening university secondary vocational schools’ collaboration”
The wider objective of this project is to increase attractiveness of engineering education through innovative teaching methods as well as through the strengthening of university- secondary vocational schools’ collaboration. The specific objectives, which the project shall achieve, are the following:
- To build cross-universities network of remote engineering laboratories in order to enhance engineering education at Serbian HE institutions
- To strengthen university-secondary vocational schools’ collaboration through secondary vocational school’s teacher training in using resources of The Library of Remote Experiments
- To bring remote engineering experiments into secondary vocational school classrooms in order to promote engineering education attractiveness to prospective engineering students.