Policy Area (PA) Secure focuses on protection from land-based emergencies, accidents and cross-border crime.

PA Secure promotes a comprehensive and coherent approach to reduce trans-boundary vulnerabilities and to build common capacities for societal security in the Baltic Sea region. PA Secure activities are related to four areas: better risk assessment and crisis management, building up resilience and prevention towards emergencies and threats at the local level, enhancing effective cooperation in protecting human beings against criminal threats and preventing serious crime through developing efficient framework for law enforcement cooperation.

PA Secure is coordinated by Sweden and Council of the Baltic Sea States Secreatariat.


Policy Area Secure Steering Group

Policy Area Secure is governed by a Steering Group which was founded in 2013, and consists of members from all eight EU countries in the Baltic Sea Region, along with the Union of the Baltic Cities – Safe Cities Commission, the CBSS’ expert group Task Force against Trafficking in Human Beings (TF-THB) and the Children at Risk unit at the CBSS Secretariat. The Steering Group meets twice a year to discuss priorities and strategic actions in the fields of civil protection and law enforcement.

You will find the Steering Group minutes here.

Read more about the PA Secure at their website.


Policy Area Lead Coordinator

Andriy Martynenko
Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat (CBSS)

Vineta Polatside
Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat (CBSS)



Julia Fredriksson
Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency