The European Commission strives to make 5G a reality for all citizens and businesses in Member States by the end of this decade. To realize 5G application in EU states everywhere, the European Commission created a 5G for Europe Action Plan.

On 7 September, the European Commission proposed an EU certification system for airport security equipment, which will promote a more competitive EU security industry. This proposal is in line with the European Agenda on Security and the Commission’s effort to achieve an effective EU Security Union.

The Ministry of Interior of Italy organised a BroadMap workshop in Rome on 20th July 2016.

The BroadMap workshop in Romania took place on 19th and 20th July 2016 in Bucharest and was organised by the Romanian Special Telecommunications Services. Similarly to other BroadMap workshops held elsewhere in Europe, this one also first briefly introduced the BroadMap project and then discussions turned to the BroadMap Questionnaire.

September 14th, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his State of the Union address before the Members of Parliament in Strasbourg: ‘towards a better Europe, a Europe that protects, empowers and defends’.

President Juncker presented the priorities for this upcoming year and outlined how the European Union will deal with the major challenges Europe is currently facing. The State of the Union had a strong focus on public safety and security.

The Belgian Federal Public Service of the Interior (Service Public Fédéral Intérieur) this summer organised two BroadMap related workshops in Brussels, first on 26th July and then on 9th August.

On 20th July, BroadMap project partner Magen David Adom (MDA) organised a BroadMap workshop in Tel-Aviv, Israel, with the aim to gather additional inputs on the BroadMap Questionnaire and validate and prioritise the identified set of technical and operational broadband network and devices requirements.

Throughout this summer, BroadMap project partners have been busy organising workshops to gather together an unprecedented set of opinions from PPDR end users with regard to the future of their mobile technologies. Overall, BroadMap workshops have involved 242 PPDR organisations from 17 countries across Europe cumulatively gathering more than 600 participants, including practitioners from national police forces, fire brigades, emergency services, customs authorities, militaries, traffic agencies, mountain rescue services, port authorities, coast guards, as well as several national ministries of interior and defence. Further discussion with PPDR end users will continue in the coming months.

BroadMap workshops have also been held in Paris, France. Hosted by the French Ministry of Interior, the workshops took place on 15th June and 7th July, gathering a total of 25 attendees, including representatives from the French emergency ambulance, prison, police, fire brigade, customs, as well the Ministry of Ecology, which represents a complete panel of PPDR users.

The Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a partner in the BroadMap project, has held its BroadMap workshops. Taking place on 12th and 13th July in Jahorina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the workshop gathered a total of 42 people, including operational and technical experts from the various institutions relevant to BroadMap objectives.

The first live test connection between the TETRA networks in Sweden and Norway was carried out 28 June. This is an important step towards enhancing PPDR’s services interoperability across borders.