DRAFT MEMORANDUM OF SAFE AND SECURE eREGION

I. Introduction

The Safe and Secure eRegion LivingLab Workshop was held on 22 April 2005 at the University Medical Centre in Ljubljana. The workshop was co-organized by eCommerce Center Faculty of Organizational Sciences, University of Maribor, Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Directorate for Information Society and University Medical Centre Ljubljana in co-operation with Universities Network eBusiness ALADIN – ALpe ADria INitiative of the Universities of Budapest, Hungary; Graz, Austria; Košice, Slovakia; Maribor, Slovenia; Novi Sad, Serbia & Montenegro; Rijeka, Croatia; and Trieste, Italy.
The workshop was attended by participants coming from Administration for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief of the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Interior, Radio and TV Slovenia, Slovenian Intelligence and Security Agency, University of Maribor, and University Medical Center, Universities Network eBusiness ALADIN – ALpe ADria Initiative, representatives of the European Commission and the The Institute for Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management, The George Washington University, School of Engineering and Applied Science, United States.

II. Purpose

A. Background
Now more than ever, citizens look to their governments to provide assurance and assistance in the midst of crisis situation. The ability to manage crisis situations is of vital importance. Within the last few years, among the key failures that were experienced in the countries struck by catastrophic situation, was the difficulty of sharing information between different levels of government. Governments, civil protection bodies and emergency services are becoming more dependent on integrated information systems to aid different phases of Disaster Risk Management (prevention, preparedness, response, recovery) in complex trans-boundary, multi-risk scenarios.
The recent and proposed expansion of European Union dramatically increases the geographic area and economic domain that will be included in the process of the evolution leading towards openness, integration, harmonization, and sustainable economic growth. This evolution will not occur, however, if emerging risks are not identified and managed. These emerging risks include natural disasters (increased by the admission and consideration of countries in higher risk areas), terrorism, supply chain security, financial security, cyber-security, corruption, technological hazards, transportation safety and others. Those risks are very relevant to the neighbouring countries included in developing the European Transport Corridors No. 5 (Lisbon - Kiev) and No. 10 (Hamburg – Athens & Istanbul).

eRegion
From a geographic perspective, eRegion is defined as an area of some 200-500 kilometres around a point of observation in which business and government organizations extensively use eTechnologies in doing business. It is important to consider eRegion dimensions in order to increase the region’s competitiveness in all aspects of business, government, and population cross-border interactions. As a region with extensive cross-border commerce the following countries may be indicated: Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Serbia & Montenegro, Slovakia and Slovenia. It is, however, also very important to have related e-solutions ready in case of a major disaster in any country of the region since disasters do not recognize geographical or political borders.

LivingLab
Safe and Secure eRegion LivingLab objective is to develop a multi-disciplinary research and testing platform concentrating on the immediate environment from the user point of view. Researchers, developers, and users virtually working together in the LivingLab will be looking for the answers to the questions what do the users want and how it can be produced? Prototype solutions will be developed and tested in a simulated and real environment.

B. Purpose
The basic objective of the Safe and Secure eRegion LivingLab is to identify a domain of potential action. The unique issues involved in providing safety and security in a multi-national, economically integrated physical and virtual environment is a challenging, but critical task at this stage in the emerging eRegion, with issues of interoperability on top of the agenda.
The LivingLab will engage in potential Safe & Secure eRegion project, which may go beyond the typical issues of vulnerability reduction and emergency preparedness. It will enable sharing ideas on needs for threat and hazard assessment, data and information sharing, and continuity and recovery of private and public sector systems, functions and organizations. The Safe and Secure eRegion LivingLab Project would be open to inter-eRegion cooperation and would build upon current related projects funded by the 6th Framework Programme of the European Union, and the National Science Foundation of the United States of America.

C. The Principles
The Parties shall, within their spheres of competence, collaborate within the scope of objectives of the Safe and Secure eRegion LivingLab as stipulated in Section B. The co-operation is open to participation in an international network of several corresponding laboratories contributing to better understanding of the issues, to new knowledge, and sharing best practices in the European Information Space. By bringing together problem owners, idea creators, researchers, developers, and solution users the basic principle is to shorten solution delivery times and contribute to an increased level of users’ satisfaction. The Parties shall contribute in numerous innovative ways, cooperating in the following tasks:

This memorandum is to be published on web sites of parties in question and submitted to the Government of the Republic of Slovenia.

Ljubljana, June 2005