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Protection of public spaces from terrorist attacks

Over the last years, terrorism has become a reality in many European countries posing a threat to our way of life.

Recent terrorist acts have recurrently targeted unprotected public spaces like

  • urban centres,
  • recreational venues,
  • places of worship or
  • commercial centres.

In accordance with the Action Plan to support the protection of public spaces the European Commission’s is committed to support EU countries.

We in the JRC, in collaboration with the Commission's department responsible for EU policy on migration and home affairs (DG HOME), aim to provide European-level solutions to urban challenges, adopting a city-as-a-whole perspective.

We are studying the effects of threats, devising mitigating solutions and proposing guidance material for EU countries, city authorities and operators.

Our research is in line with the "security by design" concept. That means security is addressed from the very conception of the public space project.

We deliver:


PechaKucha presentation about "The invisible work against terrorism"

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A Counter-Terrorism Agenda for the EU: Anticipate, Prevent, Protect, Respond

EU Action Plan to Support the Protection of Public Spaces

Commission Staff Working Document on Good Practices to Support the Protection of Public Spaces

DG HOME: Counter Terrorism and radicalisation