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Terrorism-Police-Safety: EURO 2012

Polish police ensured that main thoroughfare roads between Poland and Ukraine were secure against terrorist attacks during the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship, by using command and control, negotiation and hostage crisis exercises as preparation.

Project dates 03/12/2011 - 03/02/2013
Total budget€672 567
EU contribution70%
Project CoordinatorLublin Police Headquarters (Poland)
Project Partners
  • National Police (Spain)
  • Hannover Police (Germany)
  • Vilnius County Police Headquarters (Lithuania)
  • Regional Police Headquarters in Bialystok (Poland)
  • Regional Police Headquarters in Radom (Poland)
  • Regional Police Headquarters in Kielce (Poland)
  • Regional Police Headquarters in Rzeszów (Poland)
  • Regional Police Headquarters in Kraków (Poland)
  • Regional Police Headquarters in Olsztyn (Poland)
  • Regional Office of Lublin (Poland)
  • Regional Headquarters of the State Fire Service in Lublin (Poland)
  • Nadbużański Border Guard Unit (Poland)
  • Bureau of Anti-Terrorist Operations of the National Police Headquarters (Poland)

Project Description

Poland and Ukraine worked together to organise the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship. For this international event, a large number of football fans were travelling across the Lublin province, located in south-eastern Poland, next to the Ukraine border, to reach the stadiums in both Poland and Ukraine. Protecting the main roads in this region was a crucial task, carried out by the Lublin police. The ‘Terrorism-Police-Safety: EURO 2012’ project thus contributed to the Polish police’s preparation for EURO 2012.

The main aim of the project was to improve and develop cross-border cooperation and coordination between law enforcement agencies and other services. The focus was on protection, preparedness and consequence management of terrorist attacks on transport modes (bus, train) and other critical infrastructure during the championship.

Benefits and results

A total of three international command and control, negotiation and hostage crisis exercises took place. These were followed by a film and three reports on the exercises.

The project also organised two international seminars on the consequence management of terrorist attacks. A response plan was produced, and some 50 000 leaflets were printed for football fans and tourists, detailing what they should do should a terrorist attack occur.

The exchange of know-how and best practice has been and will continue to be promoted during joint training sessions and exercises, allowing foreign partners the benefit of knowledge and experience gained by the Polish police through the EURO 2012 Championship.

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