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From June 3-4, 2009 TranSec World Expo 2009 celebrates its 7th year with an expanded conference and workshop programme. TranSec brings together the leading technologists and thinkers in two days of informed debate on current issues and challenges within the transport arena. This year, special focus is given to aviation and maritime security through two thematic conferences.
On October 15-16, 2008 CoESS and UNI Europa organised their joint 5th Private Security Conference entitled ‘From Brussels to the Workplace – A European action plan 2008 for the implementation and follow-up of the European Social Dialogue in the private security sector’.
In 2008, CoESS launched a wide-scale survey among its member federations in order to gather general statistical information from Monitoring and Alarm Receiving Centres throughout Europe and beyond.
On December 15, 2008 CoESS, with the support of INHES, Institut National des Hautes Etudes de Sécurité, launched its First European Summit on Private Security at the Ministry of the Interior in Paris, France.
On December 9, 2008 the first meeting of the newly established CoESS Working Committee Critical Infrastructure took place, presided by Working Committee President, Michael Clarke.
CoESS is proud to present the official outcomes of its research project ‘Private Security in Europe – CoESS Facts & Figures 2008’, which was initiated earlier this year and aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the private security industry. The study covers a wide geographical area targeting a total of 34 countries, i.e. the 27 EU Member States as well as 7 other European countries: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland and Turkey.
On December 4, 2008 CoESS officially communicated its comments to the European Commission Consultation of the European social partners for a review of the implementation of the Commission Communication and Decision of May 20, 1998.
The European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry, published its Final Report on the ‘Study on Industrial Policy and Services’ within the context of the framework contract on Sector Competitiveness Studies (ENTR/06/054).
Today, security checks at airports are standard throughout the world. Over the years, these checks became manifold and time-consuming. First carried out by the police, the procedure was slowly transferred to the area of competence of private security companies. The quotations issued by private security providers, however, are very heterogeneous and not always comprehensible or comparable for purchasers such as airline companies and airport operators. If there is a new call for tender, the decision for acceptance will mostly focus on the bargain price. Missing up to now are therefore objective quality criteria on the basis of which enterprises can demonstrate their competence, for instance their scope of services and the qualification of their staff.
On September 25, 2008 CoESS organised its Annual General Assemblies in Sofia, Bulgaria. CoESS would first and foremost like to warmly thank its Bulgarian member federation, NAFTSO, for hosting this year’s General Assembly in Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia.