Country: Greece

The Center for Security Studies (KEMEA) is a think tank on homeland security policies and an established research center since 2005 within the Hellenic Ministry of Interior, aiming to support security policy implementations in Greece at a strategic level.

KEMEA is a member of the “European Security Research and Innovation Forum (ESRIF)”, one of the founding members of the “European Organization for Security (EOS)”, the “Public Safety Communication Europe Forum (PSCE)”, the “European Association of Research and Technology Organizations (EARTO)” and has established links to the ENLETS community (European Network of Law Enforcement Technology Services), an active member of the European Association for Biometrics (EAB) which is the primary European multi-stakeholder platform for biometrics, aiming at communication and community building, training and education, and research and program development and major participant to the action of the EU-LISA (European Agency for the operational management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the area of freedom, security and justice) initiative;

More specifically, the activities of KEMEA include: Research and development in context of National and European projects in close cooperation with LEAs, working under the auspices of the Ministry of Interior and training of practitioners in new systems and technologies. The Center also provides advisory and consulting services to the Ministry of Interior as well as to other Public and Private authorities on safety and security issues.

A prime objective of KEMEA is to bring together all national Law Enforcement Agencies (Police, Fire Service, Coast Guard, Civil Protection agency, etc.) and to enable them to collaborate, interconnecting them with corresponding agencies, research institutions and the industry from around Europe. This dedicated approach to exploring synergies, establishing communication links and working together to produce end-user driven research on all fronts of the Security Sector during the last decade, has earned KEMEA its participation in numerous National and EC R&D projects.

Role in TRESSPASS:

KEMEA’s main contribution is the leadership of all pilot tasks that will take place in TRESSPASS and mainly the pilot task in Greece with a scenario for risk-based screening and identity verification of cruise passengers and goods at Piraeus Cruise Port. Hellenic Police participates in TRESSPASS through KEMEA.

KEMEA also participates in almost all end-user related tasks of the project for:

  • End user requirements and needs
  • Design and assessment of risk-based border crossings
  • Operational methods and acceptability
  • Simulation, training and evaluation
  • Ethical and data protection issues
  • Dissemination, Communication and awareness raising activities and roadmap for the project