This article was published under the 2015-2020 European Committee of the Regions mandate.
With terrorists increasingly targeting public and crowded spaces, as shown by the recent attacks in Barcelona, London, Manchester and Stockholm, the Commission aims at stepping up the support to Member States to protect and reduce the vulnerability of public spaces. Measures proposed by the Commission include increased financial support; guidance material to help Member States address a wide range of issues related to the protection of public spaces; exchange of best practices and improving cooperation between local actors who play a key role in making local areas a safe place to live and the private sector.
April The Magazine “Maires de France” covers Barnier’s report, in which he stresses that the plan to protect public spaces also needs to prevent radicalisation as well as promoting inclusion.
13 March French local paper Le Progrès covers rapporteur Barnier’s presentation of the first conclusions about his report in Brussels during a conference in the European Commitee of the Regions.
8 March The European Commission and the European Committee of the Regions jointly organised the EU Mayors’ Conference on “Building Urban Defences Against Terrorism: Lessons Learned From Recent Attacks“. The conference focused on lessons learned from recent terrorist attacks and the sharing of best practices and useful solutions to enhance protection of public spaces, including the implementation of “security by design” solutions.Jean-François Barnier discussed his report during the “Security by design in public buildings, the urban landscape and public-private cooperation” panel discussion.
February Discussion of the rapporteur with Mr. Hans Das, Head of Unit, Terrorism and Radicalisation, Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs of the European Commission.
2017 December Appointment of rapporteur