The 7th EU Research Framework Programme is the first to include civil security research as a separate subject area. The aim of the European security research programme is to develop new technologies and suitable accompanying measures to protect European society and citizens from threats such as terrorism, organized crime, natural disasters and industrial accidents more effectively while at the same time strengthening the competitiveness of European companies that make significant contributions to these objectives. The basic principles underlying the implementation of these activities will always be respect for the privacy of individuals and the protection of civil liberties.
On the 18th of March 2009 the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with support by the European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry, invited to a workshop in Berlin to discuss the research topic 'Security of Mass Transportation'. 130 experts participated; end-users, industry and academia were well represented in the discussions towards defining the future needs for research in security of mass transportation. The Commission is planning to open this subject in a FP7-call for proposals mid 2009, for a so called Demonstration Programme/Project.
Synopsis of the workshop: While more research need to be focused on urban mass transport; a holistic "all-risk" approach, with security requirements led by those that are closest with daily operations and taking into account all relevant other transport modes, should be followed. Societal issues such as privacy and ethics are a principal criterion.
Christine Thomas (BMBF)
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