Throughout all case studies, common strands emerged as to the need for more cohesive and consistent approaches across Europe. For example, in reacting to emergencies differently, countries risk losing the trust and support of the general public. If two countries sharing a border in a crisis take different approaches, these can easily lead to different decisions being adopted and different action being taken. These inconsistencies do not sit well with the citizen. Therefore, what became particularly clear from the case studies was the need for an international approach to risk assessment and risk management.
The use of technology in security and justice was shown to play an important role in assessing and managing emergency situations. With technology, key areas of risk in security could be highlighted with ease, allowing plans to be put in place or allowing emergency services to be strategically placed. The extent to which measures were being taken to ensure security and justice policies could be put in place concerned some participants. The effect on the third important area being discussed at the symposium, the area of freedom in Europe, was at risk here according to some. Tensions between the need for security and the respect of private life were revealed. This is a debate which will continue long after the symposium.
The Secretary General Klaus Heeger thanked delegations from member organisations for their active participation and the invited speakers for their useful insight into the area of freedom, security and justice as it stands in Europe today. The moderator, Reimar Scherz, was thanked for his engaging moderation throughout the two-day event in Lyon. Finally, a special thanks was given to Marcella Migliori and Aurélie Quintin from CESI’s Europe Academy for their hard work and dedication in the organisation of the first symposium of 2013.
All contributions from speakers and participants alike have been noted and will be used in the drafting of a follow-up document to be sent to the European Commission. With this, improvements can be made to the next phase of the Stockholm programme which addresses the challenges facing workers in the area of freedom, security and justice in Europe.