About project
Critical infrastructure is the backbone of modern societies. Therefore, a deficient or inadequate protection of critical infrastructure may pose a threat to the security, economy and stability of European countries and Europe as a whole.

Moreover, critical infrastructure, being very often part of a larger network, is highly susceptible to various forms of threats with cascading consequences and thus often likely to have a cross border impact. Borders represent a significant vulnerability to critical infrastructure sectors and may act as chokepoints restricting or disrupting cross-border movement. Critical infrastructure protection (CIP), therefore, entails all the activities directed at enhancing the resilience of people, systems and physical infrastructure among which prevention plays a crucial role, be it at regional or international level.

Such a culture of safety and resilience at all levels is best reinforced through a quality security management system ( preferably the system approach due to interdependent and cross-sectorial character of critical infrastructure ) enhancing partnership and collaboration between potentially affected stakeholders sharing ECI (European critical infrastructure).

However, notwithstanding various efforts done by the European Commission in this respect, uniform levels of protective security are still not present throughout the EU (Multi-speed Europe) and vulnerabilities persist. Instead of this imbalance being considered a threat or deficiency, this project aims to turn it into advantage providing opportunities for the exchange of divergent knows-hows and best practices.

Accordingly, it aims to involve EU Member States with varying levels of progress within CIP area together with a candidate country so that the EU achievements are spread beyond its borders for a strengthened security of all.

The project thus engages countries at three different levels of achievement in the field, namely Sweden boasting significant progress and distinctive results in CIP, Croatia who has only just initiated CIP-related efforts and Serbia who is lagging behind and is in need of peer assistance in establishing their own CIP system.