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Speaker Interview: EFUS

Speaker Interview: EFUS

You will be speaking at the Crowded Places conference at SCTX 2019. Can you give us a brief insight into the areas you will be covering in your address?

I will present the EU action on protection of public spaces addressed to local authorities. I will present a EU Vulnerability assessment Manual elaborated in the Framework of PROTECT project which objective is to support local authorities in its role on the protection of soft targets. I will give a presentation on the experience training the first local authorities on the Manual and the futures steps of the project

The conference theme is ‘Delivering effective protective security to accessible public spaces’. What do you believe are the major challenges in providing effective security to accessible public spaces?

The big challenge in my opinion getting all relevant actors able to prepare, prevent and respond to the terrorist attacks. The coordination between these actors is also a big challenge. For instance, local authorities and local stakeholders need to be involved in this coordination.

How do you think the threat landscape has evolved in recent years and in what ways, if any, do you expect it to change in the near future?

Critical infrastructure has been identified as vulnerable target for terrorist attacks. However, as the strategies to protect the critical infrastructure strengthens and evolve, so does the terrorist threat. In contrast to the heavily protected and secure critical infrastructure, crowded public places including the metro, shopping centres, sports stadiums, bars, restaurants, clubs and commercial sidewalks are easily accessible to the public and an easy target for terrorists. Prove of it has been the latest terrorist attacks in European cities such as London, Paris, Manchester, Stockholm, Berlin, Brussels, Barcelona which have occurred in the public spaces considered as “soft targets”

With regards to your own address, what more can soft target and crowded places stakeholders do to better secure their sites and facilities with the current threat landscape in mind?

Getting all relevant actors able to prepare, prevent and respond to the terrorist attacks.

What can delegates expect to take away from your session?

The importance role of local authorities in the protection of soft targets, the need to identify the vulnerabilities of these sites and to take appropriate measures.

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