Welcome to the 33rd edition of Eurodynamics! The ASIS International European Bureau would like to encourage you to submit any updates or articles you wish to share with the ASIS International members in Europe!
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| 6th European Security Conference in Berlin: "The Best Ever"!
ASIS International 6th Annual European Security Conference, Security Management – The Way Forward, took place on 25-28 March at the InterContinental Hotel in Berlin, Germany. ASIS International’s European conference which was first held in 2002 in Amsterdam, is now firmly established as Europe’s foremost security conference.
More than 500 security professionals, corporate executives, consultants, and officials from 54 different countries attended 44 high-level educational sessions on topics ranging from supply chain security and maritime piracy to terrorism prevention and executive protection.
Keynote speakers included Former German Federal Minister of the Interior Otto Schily MdB, President of Germany’s Federal Police Jörg Ziercke, Britain's Deputy Permanent Military Representative to the EU Brigadier Ian Abbott and Robert Benninga, a leading authority in the field of Human Peak performance and Change Management
Other speakers included David Snider and Kjell Lauvik of UNHCR on humanitarian security in high risk environments, René Schwarzenbach of Brooks & Partners on executive protection and Henry Wilkinson on coup risk in the 21st century.
New this year was a dedicated session on the benefits of professional certification. Delegates also attended networking events such as the SRVP Welcome Reception at the InterContinental Hotel, as well as the President’s Reception at the Museum for Communication.
ASIS also announced the winner of the ASIS International European Person of the Year 2007 Award, Wim Philippa, Secretary General of the European Roundtable of Industrialists (ERT). Mr. Philippa has played a leading role in raising awareness of the consequences of criminality and organised crime for business and industry. He presented the issue of criminality primarily as a challenge for business management and was able to put the subject firmly on the political agenda in the European Union.
Watch the "Berlin in Review" video here and click here for pictures
|ASIS Organises its First Ever Educational Programme on Executive Protection in Europe
When it is your job to ensure the highest level of security for your client or your organisation’s representatives, the professional development courses you choose should be based on real-life experience. This professional development seminar is taught by practitioners with decades of international experience who have managed, directed, and are actively engaged in executive protection work. These specialists will share their knowledge, expertise, and proven techniques. You will come away with risk assessment skills and the judgment needed to gauge the vulnerability of your client.
For more information on the programme, click here
Exclusive opportunities to raise the visibility of your company as a sponsor and exhibitor at this event are available. For more information , click here or contact the European Bureau
Eurowatch: Terror threat more serious than ever, says Europol
The European law enforcement organisation, Europol, has come out with its first report on the terrorism situation in the EU saying that although it is not a new phenomenon in Europe, the threat to member states is more serious than ever.
The report – which gives an overview of terrorism activities in the EU's 27member states – was presented to the European Parliament on Tuesday 10 April where EU officials debated proposals for boosting the powers of the bloc's law enforcement arm to enhance police cooperation in fighting cross-border crime and terrorism.
According to the report, 706 individuals were arrested in 15 member states on suspicion of terrorism offences in 2006, half of those arrests involved threats from Islamic extremists.
Almost 500 terrorist attacks were reportedly carried out in 11 member states last year with separatists and nationalists in the Basque region of Spain and on the French island of Corsica responsible for most of the attacks.
Only one terrorist attack in 2006 was registered as having to do with Islamic extremism, according to the report.
"Terrorism is not a new phenomenon in the EU. Nevertheless, in the twenty-first century, the threat posed by terrorism to member states is more serious than ever," the organisation said in a statement Tuesday 10 April .
The statistics sound more serious that the reality, said head of Europol Max-Peter Ratzel, according to Danish Daily Berlingske Tidende.
"Most of the attacks by far resulted in limited material damage and did not have the aim to kill. But the failed attacks in Germany and London showed that Islamic terrorists aim for many victims," he added.
Intelligence police in Germany and the UK arrested persons allegedly planning to blow up trains and transatlantic air carriers respectively in July and August last year.
There was one terrorist attack with a fatal outcome in 2006. Basque separatist group ETA bombed a parking lot at the Madrid airport on 30 December killing two men.
Europol was set up in 1994 to combat serious international crime and terrorism across the bloc.
Brussels is keen to extend the agency's mandate to criminal issues that are not strictly related to organised crime and give the organisation greater access to various data on people under investigation, prompting concerns that privacy protection laws could be violated.
"These proposals give Europol a carte blanche to collect whatever information it wants, regardless of its relevance," said UK conservative MEP Syed Kammal in a statement.
Mr Ratzel countered that the kind of data sought by Europol would not threaten privacy.
"We do not, for example, seek such information as data on consumers from supermarkets," he said, according to the Associated Press.
But he said EU member countries should give greater access to personal data for fighting crimes such as child pornography, serial killings or violence at sporting events, which often have a cross-border element.
By Peter French
SRVP for Europe
The first quarter of 2007 has been busy with our volunteer groups developing a European vision to show demonstrable value to our membership.
The European Advisory Council (EAC) met just prior to the Berlin Conference. The EAC constitutes the volunteer leaders from Europe (SRVP, RVPs and ARVPs), the incumbent President and European Board Members, invited representatives from training organisations and academia and representatives from the ASIS Executive. The Chairman of the EAC is Arjo de Jong from the Netherlands.
Priorities this year are education and membership benefits. An Education Subcommittee was established at November EAC meeting under the chairmanship of Joop Verdonk, Director of the Security College BV in the Netherlands. The Subcommittee has planned and will deliver an educational programme on the 21st June in Brussels. Following consultations with the European Commission, this programme will be addressing the issue of Executive Protection. Opportunities for sponsorship are still available.
||"We need to reach out to our European members, becoming relevant to their professional lives where possible"
The EAC also co-ordinated the certification session held on the first day of the Berlin Conference, of which over a 100 participants registered to attend. The theme this year was around the career benefits of certification. Following this success, it has been agreed that we will deliver at the European Conference each year a practical revision programme.
ASIS will provide two educational programmes each year in Europe. Where practical this will be to encourage non-members to participate with probable locations being Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Turkey and the Baltics. If you are interested in delivering a module on corporate security, anti-corruption, piracy or counterfeit prevention our Brussels office will be pleased to hear from you.
The Professional Certified Investigator (PCI) Certificate introduced in 2004 has been well received in the relevant North American sector. The Chapters in Europe will be asked to support the development of a European PCI. Our intention will be to create an examination based on European legislation. This will be aimed above the national level. Our aim will be to create a study platform that will identify how national boundaries interact with emerging European legislation and institutions such as Eurojust.
As ASIS members we have a global community of 35,000 security professionals. We need to reach out to our European members, becoming relevant to their professional lives where possible. As part of this membership benefit a feasibility study has been agreed by the EAC on setting up a Public Affairs function at our Brussels office. The required funding will need to be generated by in-region functions such as training courses and the annual conference.
Next year’s conference will be in Barcelona, 13th – 16th April 2008. A fantastic, vibrant City, our Spanish hosts will generate a warming welcome as we return to Spain after the 2004 Madrid conference. We hope to attract at least 600 attendees, exceeding our record attendance this year.
Our Assistant Regional Vice Presidents are heading up a cross-Chapters initiative to encourage more joint social and educational sessions. If the ASIS strength is our cross national membership, the ARVPs under the co-chairmanship of Sven Leidel from Hamburg and Bill Enright from Dublin will deliver this initiative.
At the EAC we review the actions and direction of ASIS Europe. We recognise that we are part of a global organisation and that we need to have common aims. As with any growing organisation we seek to establish our relevance in the professional world. Our latest meeting certainly underlined how much work has been completed in the past 12 months and significant developments that we can expect in the next year.
Chapters and their volunteer leaderships’ enthusiasm continues to be one of my personal motivations in being one of 20 global SRVPs. I was invited by our Czech Republic Chapter to open a security conference they have sponsored over the last 4 years. Over 300 public and private attendees were at the meeting which maintained a key note session and 4 simultaneous tracks. This has now become the largest private security conference in the country drawing over 20 nationalities. Perhaps members across Europe would be interested in delivering a session or perhaps consider sponsorship, please contact David Nagy, chairman of the local Chapter.
At the annual Washington DC inauguration of the President in January, a group of SRVPs met to discuss areas that affect membership and the SRVP role. Michael Cummings, the Society Treasurer, was in attendance. He listened to a number of concerns that the SRVPs had and the initiatives they wanted to see enacted.
One over-riding theme from our North American members is that they perceive that the Society does not seem to fully reflect the demographics of the membership on the Board of Directors.
This is not an issue regularly taken up by non-American membership, but we should be assured that membership at the senior level do see that we need greater participation from international members in the decision-making processes. To this aim I would ask all ASIS members to actively participate in the elections to the board in the coming months.
Please consider that a huge commitment is given by those that offer themselves for election to fund their visits and freely give their time.
We presently have one Board Director located in Europe. This year another BoD candidate will stand from the region. Please look at the reasons he provides for wishing to be on the Executive Team and see if you can support his application.
If you have any issues you would like me to bring up, then please email me email@example.com or call +44 20 8626 3100.
|Eurowatch: Eurojust seeks more powers
National representatives at Eurojust, the EU body which helps examine and prosecute cross-border criminals, should be given more powers when investigating cases, according to Michael Kennedy, its president.
Eurojust should also fund cross-border investigation teams and, on occasion, lead them, he said. His comments come as the European Commission prepares a proposal for changes to Eurojust, which has been in operation for five years.
||Kennedy said that he hoped the Commission’s proposal due out in the autumn would include strengthening the powers of the national members who sit on the Eurojust board.
Some national members keep the powers they held in their own member states as prosecutors and investigators and can issue arrest warrants, sign letters requesting investigations by police or give authorisation to allow criminals to cross borders for surveillance purposes, but others do not.
Kennedy said that these differences in powers could “on occasion be frustrating”.
But some member states are likely to oppose the move to strengthen Eurojust, preferring not to have prosecutors who are operating outside their jurisdiction with powers to intervene in cases. “It’s going to be difficult to do that and I accept that is something that’s going to be a challenge but it would be extremely useful so that we have parity,” said Kennedy.
The involvement of member states in joint investigation teams involving Eurojust personnel and investigators from other countries had been “disappointing”, Kennedy said. There were practical and cultural problems with allowing such personnel to operate in sovereign states but sometimes the issue came down to funding, he said. “What I would like to see in future is that Eurojust might be able to offer funding to make joint-investigating teams established where needed,” Kennedy said.
In some cases it could involve Eurojust leading an investigation but the sovereignty of member states had to be considered, he said. “It’s always this fine balance between the sovereignty of the legal systems in the member states, not upsetting that and yet ensuring that there is effective cross-border action when there is an international dimension to it,” he said.
Five years into its work, Eurojust has seen the number of cases referred to it by member states for help with investigations rise from 192 cases in 2001 to 771 cases in 2006. The 2006 annual report, released last week, says more cases, especially from member states with large populations should be referred to Eurojust. Kennedy said that this was because some member states, in particular France and the UK, had personnel in other countries and conducted investigations on a bilateral basis.
The annual report also highlights problems with some national members not being given enough help to investigate cases and carry out their administrative duties through the allocation of extra staff. Some states had one or two people assisting national members while others only had one, he said.
Source: European Voice
|Eurowatch: EU Research to Protect Critical Infrastructure
The Commission calls for better public and private sector co-operation to protect critical infrastructure, such as nuclear power plants and vital transport and information networks, from terrorist attacks.
"We need better protection for critical infrastructures in Europe. The majority of them are owned by private undertakings and we need to work in close partnership with them," said Justice and Security Commissioner Franco Frattini in the European security research conference on 26 March 2007. He added that the Commission was expecting a swift adoption of the proposed Directive concerning the protection of European critical infrastructures, put forward in December 2006.
"Our modern industrial society is swathed in dense infrastructure networks which enable and provide mobility, energy and free flows of information. We depend on the smooth functioning of all these networks," said German Research Minister Annette Schavan. "Natural disasters, major technological incidents or terrorist attacks could cause serious damage to these dense ICT, transport, energy and financial services networks and "possibly even destabilise our societies".
The conference also showed broad support for the establishment of a European Security Research and Innovation Forum (ESRIF), consisting of some 50-70 public- and private-sector experts in the field of security. Its aim will be to undertake overall strategic thinking related to security, beyond the official security research programme of the EU's 7th Research Framework Programme (FP7).
"By bringing together the supply and demand sides of security research and innovation, the forum should ensure the relevance of research results and their use in policymaking," said Frattini.
The conference also marked the official launch of the European Security Research Programme under FP7, as the first call for a proposal was launched in December 2006.
Security research is now an integral part and an independent thematic research area in a an EU research framework programme - some €1.4 billion has been earmarked under this heading for the period 2007-2013.
German EU Presidency: European Security Research Conference - SRC 07
European Commission press release: Speech of Commissioner Franco Frattini: “New challenges, new opportunities” (26 March 2007)
European Commission: European Programme for Critical Infrastructure Protection (EPCIP)
|Eurowatch: MEPs want EU Member States to Pay for Air-travel Security
The European Parliament is heading for a clash with member states after MEPs approved an amendment to a draft law to compel governments to pay part of the costs of air travel security. The proposal would also ensure that a ban on liquids on board aircraft expires after six months and would restrict the deployment of ‘sky marshals’.
The law sets down common rules on security for civil air transport, such as screening, monitoring, searches and prohibited items. The Parliament’s transport committee in a first reading last year proposed that the law be changed to include the sharing of costs of security between governments and airlines.
The Council of Ministers last December rejected the idea saying that “it is inappropriate for a technical regulation such as the one at hand to contain requirements or obligations on financing. The principle of subsidiarity dictates that such questions be addressed at national level”.
But the transport committee voted on 11 April to reinsert the change and if, as expected, the plenary supports the move next week, both sides will meet in a conciliation process to try to work out a compromise.
Italian Liberal MEP Paolo Costa, the committee’s chairman and author of the report, said that member states should bear part of the responsibility for financing security to ensure passengers were not over-burdened with charges. He said that sharing costs was also important in the interests of competition for the airline sector.
“We want them [member states] to accept the principle of sharing. We are not asking the Council to take a bigger share of the costs as every member state will be free to choose the level of sharing of costs. I don’t understand why there is such resistance to this idea,” he said.
The US government pays for a large part of security at airports and on airlines and this distorts competition for European airlines, added Costa. “In cases where the state is paying for everything that is not correct either. And it is clear that costs can’t be put on the shoulders of passengers,” he said.
The Association of European Airlines (AEA) supports the move to share costs. “We have always said security is a matter for states because it is about protecting citizens,” said Françoise Humbert, general manager of communications at the AEA.
The Parliament’s amendments also mean that specific security measures, such as the restrictions on liquids being carried onto aircraft, would expire after six months but could be maintained after “a thorough re-evaluation of the security risks and a thorough evaluation of costs and operational impact associated with those measures”.
“This is about not leaving everything in place just because it’s there…we want governments to be aware of what they are doing. If they insist on going ahead, no problem, but they need to handle it with care,” said Costa.
Amendment of the draft law would allow member states to refuse entry of in-flight security officers, or ‘sky marshals’, onto airlines authorised by them. The amended proposal says that approval must be sought from countries of departure and arrival before weapons are carried on board.
Source: European Voice
The UK Chapter has recently started a Blog (http://asisuk.blogspot.com/) to aid communication with its c.750 members. Whilst much of the communication is done via email, the Newsletter and the soon to be redesigned website, the Blog is another useful tool.
The Blog was set up and is run by UK Chapter Committee member Mike Hurst, who has responsibility for Media. " With a membership the size of ours and given the geographical spread, it is not possible for all the members to meet as regularly as we would like. This Blog offers us some useful functions that should help us to better serve the membership". Should other Chapters wish to set up a similar Blog, Mike is willing to offer whatever help he can and include links from the UK Blog to others. Mike can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Czech Chapter Organises 4th International Scientific Conference on Security Management
On 10 April 2007 the 4th International Scientific Conference on Security Management was held in the premises of the Police Academy of the Czech Republic. With both the number of lecturers (60) and the number of participants (500+), the conference was the largest of its kind. The conference was organized and its contents provided by the Czech Chapter of ASIS International in cooperation with the Police Academy of the Czech Republic in Prague.
According to JUDr. Vít Bárta, Press Secretary of the Czech Chapter of ASIS International and Managing Director of the ABL "the objective of the conference is systematic improvement in the quality of security services. The hindrances to reaching the determined objective consist in pressure put on prices, inadequate legislation in this sphere and maybe also in a generally low awareness of the issues of crisis management”,
Please click here to read the full report.
|Jan Hitzert CPP Honoured in Berlin
Werner Cooreman CPP, PSP
ASIS International Benelux Chapter
From Sunday 25th till Wednesday 28th of March, the 6th European Security Conference was held in the beautiful city of Berlin. Hundreds of security professionals gathered to hear and learn from their peers.
One of these peers, was not in Berlin to learn. This long-time member of the ASIS International Benelux Chapter, had been invited to Berlin to be honoured: Jan Hitzert CPP. The President of ASIS International, Steve D. Chupa CPP, handed him his certificate of appreciation, during the closing session on Wednesday the 28th of March.
Among the 250 members of Chapter 213, Jan has been known and acknowledged for many years for his dedication and effort as certification coordinator. Some 30 CPP’s of this fast-growing Chapter have been coached and guided by Jan on their way to obtaining this certificate. And there is no CPP candidate in the Chapter who has memory of a CPP review, coaching or exam training without Jan being present and presenting on several of the domains of the CPP content. He has always been recognized as a real driver for the certification program in the Benelux
For his years of dedication, Jan has also been proposed as candidate for lifetime CPP by his colleagues from the Benelux. Earlier this year, Jan stepped back as certification coordinator to pass his responsibilities on to a younger colleague.
This article was written by the ASIS International Benelux Chapter Board, as a tribute to Jan Hitzert CPP. Jan, thanks again for all your excellent work!! Enjoy your retirement, and know that you will always be welcome amongst us.
|Austria Chapter 107 Activities
Werner Preining, CPP, CAS
ASIS International Austrian Chapter
EuroDynamics recently reported about the revival of the Austrian Chapter 107. I am proud to have some more information about our increasing activities.
The first Chapter Meeting for 2007 took place on January 23rd in Vienna. During this “constitutional meeting” Mr. Michael Mather volunteered as a Vice Chairman, Mr. Paul Reither as Secretary, Mr. Stefan Berlin as Treasurer and Mr. Sassan Rahimi to become in charge of the promotion of education. These and the chair’s position will be confirmed by the end of this year by vote.
The 2nd Chapter Meeting was held in Berlin on March 28th, immediately after the closing ceremony of the 6th ASIS European Security Conference.
The 3rd Chapter Meeting will be held on May 10th in Vienna at 17:45. The venue are the premises of Messrs SERVICTEC, the company of our vice chairman. We have been able to secure Austria’s most well-know policeman, Mag. Max Edelbacher, as a key-note speaker to talk about “the recent Austrian police reform – what it brought and were it may lead …” More details about this meeting upon request.
The 4th and 5th meeting will take place on September 17th and November 26th, respectively. Both of these functions are planned to be held in Vienna. One of these 2 gatherings will be a full day event, were we either shall visit the United Nations complex in Vienna or look behind the scene at the Vienna International Airport. We are working on the program and will announce it in due time.
ASIS members from all surrounding countries, but specially Switzerland, Germany and the Czech Republic are encouraged to participate at our meetings to strengthen networking and information flow.
ASIS International UK Chapter
Emma Shaw, MD of Esoteric Ltd, has been appointed ARVP.
This means that Emma, a great supporter of ASIS and other professional institutes and bodies, will be the liaison point between the UK Chapter and Region 25 RVP Godfried Hendriks.
||Godfried in turn reports to Peter French, the SRVP for Europe.
Emma, although not a member of the 208 committee, will be able to attend any of the meetings she wishes, and will work to develop relationships with the other European Chapters.
Emma, thank you for taking on this role, good luck, enjoy it and we will support you all we can. Emma will be doing a short piece for the UK cahpter Newsletter on her role.
David Cresswell MD ARC Training Ltd. has been elected to the Education Subcommittee of the European Advisory Council.
|| David, as well as now taking on the lead and reinvigorating our own PDC and the IDG and looking to increase numbers undertaking the CPP and PSP, will have his main focus on organising educational sessions in Europe, working with Joop Verdonk who chairs the Education Subcommittee.
David is a great driver in professional development and I know that he will continue to work tirelessly on rasing education standards.
Again David, thanks for taking on these roles and I am sure that all 208 will support you in your efforts.
David will be producing a paper soon for ALL membership to review, on the purpose and outputs of the PDC and IDG, with the strategy and roles clearly identified, how these groups interface with the main committee and the US Examination Board.
On Wednesday, 11th April, the first meeting of 2007 of the Irish Chapter took place kindly hosted by Seamus Magaharan at IBM, Mulhuddart. The meeting went ahead as scheduled and feedback was very positive from all who attended.
The agenda included:
-Tiger Kidnapping - An Garda Siochana, Crime Prevention Unit provided a look at this high profile crime, reviewed some recent cases and discussed best preventative actions and precautions.
- Letter Bombs - Brendan Mallen CPP spoke about this other high profile crim, looking at threatening mail, precautionary measures and some case studies of recent incidents.
- ASIS International Berlin Conference De-brief
Members who took part in or attended the Berlin Conference gave a review of their presentations and feedback on the presentations attended at the Conference.
17 May 2007 - Handling the ‘human issues’ associated with kidnapping: A small one-day seminar for companies - Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London. For more information, click here.
21-24 May 2007 - IFSEC 2007, NEC Birmingham. For more information, click here.
1 June 2007 - Security and Competitiveness: European Perspectives - Los Angeles, USA. For more information, click here
21 June 2007 - ASIS International Professional Development Programme on Executive Protection, Brussels, Belgium. For more information, click here
24-27 September 2007 - Solutions Start Here: 53rd Annual ASIS International Seminar and Exhibit - Las Vegas, USA. For more information, click here
13-16 April 2008 - 7th European Security Conference - Security: The Essential Corporate Asset - Barcelona, Spain
10 May 2007 - Chapter Meeting, Vienna (SERVICTEC)
17 September 2007 - Chapter meeting
26 November 2007 - Chapter meeting
10 May 2007 - AGM and spring conference (morning) and visit to Safety & Security 2007, Amsterdam afternoon)
21 June 2007 - ASIS International Professional Development Programme on Executive Protection
11 september 2007 - Afternoon meeting and company visit in The Netherlands
16 november 2007 - Autumn conference in Belgium (entire day)
30 May 2007 - meeting
27 June 2007 - meeting
29 August 2007
26 September 2007 - meeting
31 October 2007
28 November 2007-Meeting, elections
7 June 2007 - Half day meeting - networking
23 August 2007 - Whole day meeting - no subject yet
24-27 September 2007 - Odense Fair (Safety & Security). ASIS DK exhibition
26 September 2007 - Half day meeting in connection with the fair - networking
29 November 2007 - Whole day meeting - no subject yet
December 2007 Half day meeting - networking - Christmas Lunch
May - Seminar on regional alarm control centre (Kerava)
11 May 2007
6 July 2007
28 September 2007
7 December 2007
31 May 2007 Chapter meeting in Düsseldorf
21 June 2007 - Annual Golf Classic
5 September 2007 - Racism, Logistics
7 November 2007 - Human Resources / Security, Update from the Private Security Authority (PSA), Dublin City University (DCU) – CCTV developments
7 December 2007 - AGM
30 May 2007 - Membership Spring Meeting (host to be announced)
May 2007 - Security conference and chapter meeting
September 2007 - Security conference and chapter meeting
October 2007 - 2nd National security meeting Barcelona
29 October 2007 - European Advisory Council meeting, Barcelona
30 October 2007 - Programme Committee Meeting, Barcelona
November 2007 - CPP exam.
November 2007 - Chapter meeting, elections Board of Directors of ASIS, Spanish Chapter
13-16 April 2008 - 7th European Security Conference, Barcelona
6 June 2007
5 September 2007
7 November 2007
28 June 2007 - Summer Seminar
20 September 2007 - Autumn Seminar
16 November 2007 - AGM and Seminar