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Cross-Border Cooperation in Counteracting the Threat of Terrorism in the Aspect of Euro 2012

NCJ Number
Internal Security Volume: 4 Issue: 2 Dated: July - December 2012 Pages: 99-115
Tomasz Bqk
Date Published
December 2012
17 pages
This article attempts to present cross-border cooperation between the Polish and Ukraine in the field of safety in respect of the European Football Championship EURO 2012 organized by both countries.
The author presents risks from the geopolitical considerations of Poland as well as a detailed description of one of them, which is modern terrorism. Events of recent years have shown that the modern terrorist strategy focuses on sports and mass events. Taking into account the fact that EURO 2012 was one of Europe's biggest sports events one should consider the risk of terrorist threats to be higher at that time. These factors provide a basis to present a number of institutions that counteract terrorism and detect the culprits. The author has also characterized the relationship between members of terrorist groups and transnational organized crime. The article includes descriptions of the Polish-Ukrainian cooperation in order to ensure the highest standards of safety during the matches and accompanying events. The author also identifies the areas of cooperation between the host - countries, including: security in cross - border traffic and international transport as well as common anti-terrorist exercises of Polish and Ukrainian services. In conclusion, the author puts forward the argument that the good preparation of organizing countries for EURO 2012 helped avoid the risk associated with terrorism or any negative phenomena, which may disturb the peace of this event. (Published Abstract)