Latvian Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States: Strengthening societal security in the regionPrint

From 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019 Latvia presides over the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS).

In the field of civil protection Latvian Presidency will ensure the continuation of efforts and strengthening of close cooperation to achieve progress towards implementing the agreed strategic action – promotion of a common societal security culture, as agreed in the Joint Position adopted by the Baltic Sea Region Civil Protection Network in 2017.

On 26-27 November the State Fire and Rescue Service in cooperation with the CBSS Secretariat, the Swedish Institute, EUSBSR Policy Area Secure and Riga Stradiņš University will host the main event of this priority – the conference “Societal security in the Baltic Sea Region – Challenges and Solutions”.

This is an exceptional event that will gather Alumni of the Baltic Leadership Program in Civil Security, experts in the field of civil protection, researchers from the Baltic Sea Region states and also students from the universities of Latvia. The event will give participants new insights and knowledge regarding the current state of a common societal security culture in the Baltic Sea Region and how perception of risks influences the understanding of societal security. Keynote speakers from the United Nations and European Union along with academia and private sectors will share their best practice examples on how to kick-start the educational programs and awareness raising campaigns to fulfil this aim.

The foreseen outcome of the conference is the outline of different practical approaches and setting of milestones to foster common societal security culture in the region.

All events during the CBSS Latvian Presidency in the Civil Protection Network:




 08-09 October 2018

STAC-CBRNE Reference Group meeting (Latvia)

Communication about the meeting

21-23 November 2018

European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (Italy)


26-27 November 2018

Conference “Societal Security in the Baltic Sea Region: Challenges and Solutions. BLP Alumni outreach event” (Latvia)


28 November 2018

EUBSRS PA SECURE Steering Committee Meeting (Latvia)

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21-22 February 2019

CBSS Civil Protection Network Senior Experts Meeting (Latvia)

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29-30 May 2019

CBSS Civil Protection Network Directors General Meeting (Latvia)

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