Critical Infrastructure Research in the Baltic States and Norway is planned

On Tuesday, June 25, the Cabinet of Ministers reviewed the informative report prepared by the Ministry of Finance on the proposal of the European Economic Area and Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2014-2021 bilateral cooperation fund initiative.

Proposal for the Bilateral Cooperation Fund Initiative “Norwegian-Baltic Research Network. Critical Infrastructure *: Institutional Coordination and Policy Priorities' is a Foreign Ministry-led initiative. It will be implemented by the Latvian Institute of International Affairs in cooperation with Lithuanian, Estonian and Norwegian institutes.  

The aim of the initiative is to compare critical infrastructure protection policy and national communication on critical infrastructure in the Baltic States and Norway and to provide practical recommendations for improving communication and explaining critical infrastructure issues. The results of the study will be summarized in the book. It will be publicly available and will be useful as a work and cognitive resource for both the public and private sectors, including journalists, experts and students. Public discussions (seminars) are also planned in Riga, Vilnius, Tallinn and Oslo, which will discuss the importance of the critical infrastructure aspect in the functioning of modern society. Thus, the aim of the study itself is not only to make proposals to improve critical infrastructure protection policies, but also to improve communication on this phenomenon,

The planned funding for the initiative is EUR 187 thousand. It will be 100% financed by funding from donor countries - Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The initiative is scheduled to start in mid-year and the results of the study are expected by the end of 2020.

The initiative has already been conceptually supported by the Consultative Working Party of the Bilateral Cooperation Fund. According to the established procedure, it is necessary for the donor to examine it before the submission of the initiative for final decision by the government.

On December 14, 2017, Memoranda of Understanding were signed between Latvia and the donor countries Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. These include the financing of the Bilateral Cooperation Fund for EUR 2.4 million or 2.4% of the total donor allocation to Latvia (EUR 102.1 million). The bilateral co-operation fund is intended to implement various co-operation initiatives such as joint research, conferences, exchange of experience and other activities by 30 April 2025, with the aim of strengthening bilateral relations between Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Latvia. More information about the Bilateral Cooperation Fund is available at https://www.eeagrants.lv/?id=134 .

 

Critical infrastructure refers to facilities, systems, or parts thereof, located within the country that are essential to ensure the essential functioning of public functions, the protection of human health, safety, security, economic or social well-being of people, and whose disruption or destruction would have a significant impact on the country concerned. because it would not be able to continue to implement these functions in the future.

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