Security without borders
The Danube-Kris-Mures-Tisa Euroregion (DKMT) covers the south-eastern area of the Carpathian Basin found in the centre of Central-East Europe. The area of the regional cooperation integrating the Hungarian South Great Plain Region (Bács-Kiskun, Békés and Csongrád counties), the Romanian West Region (Arad, Hunedoara, Caras-Severin and Timis counties), and the Serbian Voivodina Autonomous Province exceeds 70 thousand km2s, its population is about 5.4 million. Thanks to its agriculture, logistics and touristic facilities, potentials in higher education and innovation it is one of the determinant areas of Europe on the way of unification. Its strategic role in the stability on the Balkan makes its significance even greater.
The objective of the DKMT Euroregion is to support and encourage the cooperation between self-governments, local associations, participants in economy and citizens in various fields which can contribute to the democratization, the stabilization, the integration in Europe, the social and economic development of the area.
The institutions of the DKMT mainly play a role of coordination; participate in elaborating and implementing Euroregional development projects and through their political and professional connections they strengthen the way of thinking on Euroregional level both inside and outside.
At the end of the 20th century both disaster recovery and civil security got a new sense. With the increase of natural disasters and terror attacks security became more and more important. Nations recognized that more effective defence can be provided in cooperation. Over and above, the number of cross border “attacks” (terrorism, avian influenza, natural disasters, and industrial accidents) has increased in the last few years. This fact proved that above national preventions and strategies international and cross border cooperation is needed to treat risks, hazards and disasters.
The main objective of the “Security without border” project – co financed by the European Commission through The Community Civil Protection Action Programme – was to ensure the basis of cross border risk assessment and risk management with the action of giving possibility for cooperation and networking of expert on workshops. The field of project and the workshop concerned to the major issues of nowadays civil protection hazards of the DKMT Euroregion such as flood, dangerous substances – storage of dangerous chemicals – industrial accidents and epidemiology – particularly avian influenza. During the workshop the experts from the DKMT Euroregion, Italy and Slovakia discussed the issues of the project and elaborated recommendations to provide basis for future development of cross-border and international cooperation.