News Civil protection

On May 9th, experts from the rescue services of the Baltic States met in Riga with the common aim of assessing existing capacity needs, determining their sufficiency, identifying potential gaps and planning assumptions for joint preparedness and adaptation to recent security environments associated with natural and man-made disasters, and other security risks such as war threats. This joint effort has resulted in a common position and commitments to improve cooperation, development, and preparedness in the field of civil protection, particularly for chemical, biological, and radiological threats. The rescue services of the Baltic States plan to present this practical cooperation commitment at the meeting of the Directors-General of the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism on May 15th-16th in Sweden. The experts agreed that more regular meetings would be necessary to discuss common cooperation issues, which would be focused on practical implementation. These meetings would allow for the exchange of recent experiences and knowledge.