The project intends to strengthen the resilience of critical infrastructure protection system both at national and European level by filling the gaps in the management and protection of critical infrastructure caused by the observed:
  • Scarce and inadequate transfer of knowledge, experiences and best practices among Member States
  • Lack of mutual support, communication and cooperation between relevant public and private sector
  • Lack of quality CIP solutions throughout the EU as assessed per project partner countries
  • Insufficient and inadequate involvement of academic community and the resulting lack of scientific and research activity in the field of critical infrastrucure risk management
Actions and means involved
 
The activities envisaged to obtain the above stated objectives are the following:
 
1) PANEL DISCUSSIONS at national levels producing national standpoints on the following topics:
  • Assessment of the current national CIP-related legislation and practices, its strongholds and deficiencies and the potentials for improvement
  • Assessment of vulnerabilities and threats to CIP system
  • Assessment of applicability of available risk analysis models and tools
  • Analysis of critical infrastructure interdependencies and identification/review of identified ECIs as regards their compliance with Directive 2008/114/EC requirements
  • Challenges of setting up procedural strategies aimed at enhanced cooperation and communication between national stakeholders (relevant state and private sectors and scientific community) and between relevant stakeholders at international level (ECIs)
  • Study of the future modalities of efficient experience exchange and transfer of knowledge among relevant stakegolders, as well as defining sensitive information exchange mechanism 
2) JOINT WORKSHOPS, where international stakeholders, on the basis of national standpoints framed at the above panel discussions, exchange their experiences and best practices that will eventually be collected into Instruction/Guidelines on an improved and more efficient CI risk management; these Guidelines will be based on Feasibility studies assessing best practice implementation applicability per each country 

3) INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, integrating all the efforts done throughout the project and providing conclusions for the follow-up strategy on CIP in general and on the following topics in particular: 
a) public-private partnership in the protection of critical infrastructure
b) challenges and mechanisms of sensitive information exchange among the stakeholders in critical infrastructure protection system
c) setting preconditions for the development of national CIP Centres 
 
4) FOLLOW-UP STRATEGY, defining guidelines implementation schemes, future cooperation modalities and solutions on any other needs in the CI management system (e.g. training etc.)