The EU-funded H2020 project PROACTIVE led by the UIC Security Division held its fourth consortium progress meeting on 25 June 2020. The meeting was supposed to take place in Malmö, Sweden at the kind invitation of Umea University, but in light of the Covid-19 global context it was decided to hold the meeting online.
As the project entered its second year of implementation, the 15 consortium partners discussed the technical developments of the project, exchanged on the ongoing tasks and prepared the next project activities which were severely impacted by the Covid-19 crisis.
So far, the technical work packages have been progressing well with all planned results already delivered on time. One work package was successfully completed, and ten public deliverables are already available for download on the project website.
However, the Covid-19 effects on the project workplan have now become visible, resulting in some foreseeable delay of planned events for the period to come. The project team is committed to cope with these challenges and adapt the project activities to this new context. The most notable changes concern the adaptation of the field exercise planning. The three field exercises co-organised with project eNotice are now planned on the following dates:
- Multidisciplinary Field Exercise in Rieti, Italy, 26 – 30 April 2021
- Multidisciplinary Field Exercise in Dortmund, Germany, September 2021
- Multidisciplinary Field Exercise in Ranst, Belgium, 19 – 23 May 2022
At least one of the exercises will be based on a scenario of a terrorist attack using a chemical agent on the railway premises therefore leading to promising outcomes for railway security.
The PROACTIVE consortium partners at the 4th Progress Meeting
The next public PROACTIVE event is the project Mid-term Conference and workshop with Civil Society organisations which will be organised on 17 – 18 September 2020 in Brussels. More information about registration will be communicated during the summer period.
The PROACTIVE project (PReparedness against CBRNE threats through cOmmon Approaches between security praCTItioners and the VulnerablE civil society) has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 832981.