As national states are increasingly confronted with so-called with transboundary crises and disasters, their security systems must interact in an effective and timely manner. This requires that the interoperability of national systems and capacities must improve. The European Union institutions have played an important role in facilitating budding efforts to reach such types of transboundary cooperation. The proposed paper is based on an ongoing FP-7 research project dealing with civil security systems in Europe whose objective will be to explore and compare relevant cultural phenomena and legal determinations of civil security across Europe, taking into account the existing significant differences between countries and regions. Part of the remit of this project will to develop definitions of security effectiveness and efficiency that can be put into practice with the available data and in the context of the widely varying security systems in Europe. The specific aim of the proposed paper will be to attempt a comparative analysis of the crises and disasters measures which have been taken in the UK and Ireland and to assess their effectiveness and efficiency in the light of the conceptual framework adopted by the FP-7 project. The data collection will involve analysis of relevant official documents and secondary literature on crises and disasters in the UK and Ireland and a series of interviews with government officials and experts working in this field.
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