Community of Users

Watch our animation to learn how the exchange of information and practices can support those responsible for countering the various threats faced by Europe. 

Policy Themes

Horizontal issues are important drivers for the further consolidation of the Community of Users and are a general fixture of the CoU meetings and workshops.
The human, ecological and economic costs of an accident can impact the whole of society. Therefore, it, is necessary to establish and apply safety and risk-reduction measures to prevent accidents and minimise any effects if they do occur. The Directive 2012/18/EU (on major-accident hazards involving dangerous substances) sets goal-oriented objectives for risk management.
The development of new technologies to support border security is outlined/described in the framework of Examining the Creation of a European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR). New capabilities are needed to enhance systems, equipment, tools, processes, and methods for rapid identification. At the same time human rights and privacy have to be respected.
The European Commission is not in charge of operational activities in the fight against crime and terrorism but supports and facilitates the activities of security practitioners at EU level.
Securing the food chains against major deliberate, accidental or natural CBRN contamination is another key concern and important security priority of the EU member states.
The EU values societal resilience deeply and, therefore, aims at enhancing resilience both inside and outside the EU.
The CBRN Action Plan aims to make unauthorised access to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear materials as difficult as possible.
Measures to protect human health cross many sectors and are considered in numerous EU policies and activities.
The new approach to the European Programme for Critical Infrastructure Protection (EPCIP) is built on a review of the 2006 programme and the Council Directive 2008/114/EC on the identification and designation of European critical infrastructures and their protection.


The 11th Plenary Meeting of the Community of Users on Secure, Safe and Resilient Societies took place 4 - 7th June 2018, Brussels, BAO Congress Centre (rue Félix Hap 11, 1040 Brussels)

The 10th Community of Users Meeting on Secure, Safe and Resilient Societies took place between 5 - 8 March 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. Organised by the European Commission - DG HOME, the CoU Meetings are a series of events, taking place several times a year. 

The 9th Plenary Meeting of the Community of Users on Secure, Safe and Resilient Societies took place on 06/12/2017.

The 8th Plenary Meeting of the Community of Users on Secure, Safe and Resilient Societies took place on 12/09/2017.

CoU Plenary & Thematic Workshop

Where: Brussels, BAO Congress Centre (rue Félix Hap 11, 1040 Brussels)

BAO Congress Centre (rue Felix Hap 11), Brussels.

This meeting focused on Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) risks.

22nd June 2016, 09.00- 18:00

BAO Congress Centre (rue Felix Hap 11), Brussels

The meeting focussed on Natural Hazards Crisis Management (including cascading effects).

The Community of Users on Disaster Risk and Crisis Management (CoU) held its third meeting on the 29th February 2016 with a focus on CBRN hazards.

The latest working paper is built up on a mapping exercise carried out in 2016 about FP7 proje