Preventing man-made disaster in the European Union : the shamrock transportation security assessment schemePreventing man-made disaster in the European Union : the shamrock transportation security assessment scheme
Faculty of Applied Economics
Engineering sciences. Technology
7(2014):9, p. 66-72
University of Antwerp
All transport networks are, to a certain extent, vulnerable to man-made disasters that imply momentous consequences at the economic and social level. Coordination among all involved actors in international transport chains is thus a relevant prerequisite for the minimization of security risk. This paper discusses the heterogeneity within the EU-28 Member States, from a socio-economic point of view, as well as from a transportation perspective. In combination with this heterogeneity, the diversity of transportation security policies among the countries is remarkable. Nonetheless, to be able to efficiently and effectively and pro-actively as well as re-actively, tackle transportation security problems, there should be a systematic approach that is followed within the European Union. Such a transportation security assessment scheme is (called Shamrock scheme) composed of four stages (definition, communication, responsibilities and handling). Keywords: Man-made transportation disaster, European Union, cross-border security, multi-country collaboration model.