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    Secure societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens


    This Work Programme will contribute to the implementation of the policy goals of the Europe 2020 strategy, the Security Industrial Policy, the Internal Security Strategy and the Cyber Security Strategy.


    This Work Programme is about protecting our citizens, society and economy as well as our assets, infrastructures and services, our prosperity, political stability and well-being. Any malfunction or disruption, intentional or accidental, can have detrimental impact with high associated economic or societal costs.


    The respect of privacy and civil liberties is a guiding principle throughout this Work Programme. All individual projects must meet the requirements of fundamental rights, including the protection of personal data, and comply with EU law in that regard.


    The primary aim of this Work Programme is thus to enhance the resilience of our society against natural and man-made disasters, ranging from new crisis management tools to communication interoperability, and to develop novel solutions for the protection of critical infrastructure (call 1); to fight crime and terrorism ranging from new forensic tools to protection against explosives (call 2); to improve border security, ranging from improved maritime border protection to supply chain security and to support the Unions external security policies including through conflict prevention and peace building (call 3); and to provide enhanced cybersecurity (call 4), ranging from secure information sharing to new assurance models. Proposers are encouraged to use, where appropriate, the services provided by European space-based systems (e.g. EGNOS, Galileo or Copernicus).


    European citizens, businesses and administrations are increasingly dependent on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for their daily activities. ICTs boost productivity, innovation, commercial exchanges and societal changes. Hence, the actual or perceived lack of security of digital technologies is putting at risk the European economy and society. Moreover, criminal actors have now widely embraced the new technologies to perpetrate crime. Therefore, in the EU and worldwide cybersecurity, has become a political and economic priority. It is, thus only natural that cyber security has become part of the Secure Societies Challenge.


    We thus see a convergence of traditional security needs and the digital world. Whilst many infrastructures and services are privately owned and operated, protection of public safety and security are the responsibility of the public authorities. Therefore security is an issue that can only be tackled effectively if all stakeholders cooperate.


    In consequence this Work Programme addresses both private companies/industry and institutional stakeholders. Calls 1 to 3 of the Work Programme are tightly specified as they respond to a well identified need by the end-users. They are to respond to actual shortcomings in tools and methods to provide security. The expected outcomes will result in a faster transposition of the research results into commercial products or applications responding to well identified needs by the end-users, be it market operators, law enforcement agencies, border guards, first responders. or the citizens. Therefore the latter objective is defined in broader terms, allowing for a wider differentiation of concepts and stakeholders.


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