WHO International Healthy Cities Conference

CENTER FOR SECURITY STUDIES

The Center for Security Studies (KEMEA) is a scientific, consulting and research entity aiming at conducting theoretical and applied research and providing consultancy services on security policies at both national and international levels. 

KEMEA is based in Athens and, according to its institutional framework, is the Hellenic Ministry΄s of Public Order and Citizen Protection ″think-tank″ on homeland security and anti-crime policies. It was established by law in 2005 with the expressed purpose of utilizing the body of knowledge of expertise acquired by the Hellenic State during the 2004 Olympic Games. Since then, it gets actively involved in the national and international security policies formation in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution of the Hellenic Republic, the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and the Convention for the protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of the Council of Europe. 

  • KEMEA has been appointed as the National Contact Point for the protection of European Critical Infrastructures (ECIs) by Presidential Decree (39/2011) following the implementation of directive 2008/114/EC of the Council. 
  • It is a founding member of the European Organisation for Security (EOS) and serves as a member of its Board. 
  • It represented Greece to the European Security Research and Innovation Forum (ESRIF). 
  • It took the initiative to create a structure of cooperation on research and innovation in matters relating to homeland security (Hellenic Organisation for Research and Innovation on Homeland Security). 

KEMEA is supervised by the Minister of Public Order and Citizen Protection and its staff are highly qualified scientists and experts on security policies. It is a legal entity operating under private law, it has administrative autonomy and derives its funds from its own actions. KEMEA conducts studies, in particular at strategic level, it monitors developments and performs a wide range of specialized services on security policies for responding to normal and emergency conditions. 

In the context of its duties, it operates mainly in research areas such as critical infrastructures protection, information and network security, border management and surveillance, major events security and, overall, natural and man-made risk assessment and crisis management. To this end, it cooperates with universities, research institutions, scientific agencies and social bodies in both the public and private sectors, at national and international levels. Moreover, it supports cross-border cooperation initiatives, it undertakes conferences, seminars and workshops, it offers internships to master and PhD students, it provides a scholarship program for post-graduate studies in cooperation with John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) and cooperates with the National Organisation for the Certification of Qualifications and Vocational Guidance (EOPPEP) to certify the professional qualification of private security employees. 

KEMEA participates in the implementation of a large number of research projects financed by the 7th Framework Program of the European Union (FP-7) and is engaged upon the Secure Societies Challenge for the 2014 – 2020 period under the ″Horizon 2020″ Framework Program.