A training on security awareness and crisis management in Europe was carried out for CEC Member Churches in Estonia and Croatia. The online sessions were part of the Safer and Stronger Communities in Europe (SASCE) project, held on 20 March.
In Estonia security, risks, threats and challenges are linked to the war between Russia and Ukraine. The staff of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Estonia welcomed the material in Estonian language as well as the training and briefing for the church leadership, staff and the worshippers. The guides for staff, religious leadership, law enforces was presented to the Estonian colleagues.
In Croatia, the dioceses of Zagreb and Ljubljana hosted online briefing and training for religious leaders, staff and worshippers. The situation in Croatia is challenging from time to time due to tensions between Serbs and Croatians in rooted in the nationalistic ideology. The crisis management training was appreciated due to recent floods and series of earthquakes in the country.
In both countries CEC SASCE ambassadors were nominated.
The SASCE project is in its concluding phase. The project is carried out by CEC, together with European religious partners, and funded by the Internal Police Fund of the European Commission. It is implemented across 15 European countries: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.