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International Knowledge and Information Centre                                                                                                                        

The steering group of the EMRIC collaboration emphasised the importance of implementation of agreements (Eumed, Emric and information-exchange) within its multi-annual plan 2014-2019. This is also one of the focal points in the multi-annual plan 2019-2024 for this policy period. However, to be able to implement current agreements, those who have to work with these agreements need to be educated. To do so, universities, research institutes, educational institutes and services with legal tasks in public safety, have bundled their powers in a consortium. This initiative is called IKIC, which is an abbreviation for "International Knowledge and Information Centre". The aim of this consortium is to improve the resilience during disasters and large-scale incidents within the Euregion Meuse-Rhine (EMR), by collecting and sharing all available knowledge on the theme of public safety within the region. 

The project has two main aims:

  • Emergency personnel and managing authorities should be educated to improve cross-border collaboration (making use of e-learning and by connecting existing training centres)
  • Improving the resilience of citizens by informing and educating them about risks within the region

The project will bundle existing knowledge within and outside of the EMR and acquire new knowledge by performing scientific research and making this available to emergency personnel and management authorities. To ensure that the developed products will fit the need of this region, EMRIC will be involved. 

This project is funded by Interreg Euregio Meuse-Rhine and ERDF.