• UDITE and PRIMO Europe intensify cooperation

    Francisco Alveirinho Correia (l.),  President of UDiTE – the European Association for Local Government Chief Executives – and Jack Kruf, President of PRIMO Europe – the European Public Risk Management Organisation – signed a cooperation  agreement for 2017 and 2018 during an executive meeting of both organisations held in Paris on the 1st of July 2017. The agreement focuses on the […]

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  • Investing in resilience: a necessity for European cities? What solutions?

    During the European Week of Regions and Cities on the 11th of October 2017 PRIMO will join the UDITE workshop about building resilient cities and regions. Place: Conference room JDE-51, Rue Belliard 99-101, 1040 Bruxelles, Belgium. Time:  09:00 – 10:45. This workshop will offer insights into how local authorities can plan, prioritise & implement local resilience plans. Local authorities and Cities, international organisations and […]

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  • Risk Management and CAF/TQM

    On the 13th of June 2017 PRIMO and EIPA combined forces in Barcelona, in order to align the risk management and the quality management dynamic. Wouter Slob, board member of PRMO Europe and city manager of the city of Medemblik in The Netherlands, will give a masterclass. Knowledge and networks of both organisations will be combined to realise the goal of […]

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  • The Art of Risk Management

    ‘Being equipped for your travel’ PRIMO Masterclass Designed for an holistic and dialogue oriented risk approach. Discussing relevant themes as cybersecurity, social cohesion and city management, adaptation to climate change, proper water management and synergy by partnership. Getting familiar with the best concepts, methods and techniques to manage risk. Learning from the authoritative scientists and practitioners. The 1-day masterclass gives you […]

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  • Think tank ‘From Global to Local’

    On the 24th of November 2017 in Porto, Portugal, the European associations PRIMO and Federation of European Local Government Chief Executives (UDITE) will organise their think tank to discuss public risks in Europe in general and cyber related risks in particular, this in perspective of local and regional governance and management. The meeting will be organised in cooperation with Associação dos Trabalhadores da Administração […]

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  • City Risk Review

    ‘Be prepared, cherish your values’ Introduction PRIMO developed the City Risk Review. It is a dialogue oriented diagnosis of the state of your values, targets and plans in relation to quality of the underlying (public) governance. It gives you insight where performance, result and success cross the path of uncertainties and risks. It gives you ground for improved governance on […]

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  • Agenda

    In 2017 we focus on the development of our portfolio: City Risk Review, Think tank ‘From Global to Local’, Masterclass ‘The Art of Risk Management’, European Days. We will strengthen our cooperation with existing partners UDITE and EIPA and expand our networks with new partners, continu the development of our education programmes with Malta University and the University of St. Thomas. Our agenda: 2017 […]

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  • Public Risk: About Values in our Society

    This ebook contains a first selection of publications related to the governance and management of public values and risks. It is in development and updated every month, starting October 2016 until december 2017. The kaleidoscopic selection over a period of ten years is an exploration of definitions, views and insights from public and private leaders, scientists and practitioners. You can follow us by downloading the epub3-book […]

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The Urban Resilience Strategy of Toyama

Source: 100 Resilient Cities. “Urban Resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience. Improving the individual systems that make up a city will increase the resilience of the city overall. Resilient systems withstand, respond to, and adapt […]

Collaborative Risk Management

PRIMO Academy shares knowledge about authoritative and successfully applied risk methods and techniques. In this article the focus on collaborative risk management by application of the agile framework Scrum and the interactive software  RISKiD, used for (re)design of strategy and development by a large company, delivering and maintaining infrastructure for a diverse range of train traffic. By Gwendolyn Kolfschoten* and Jos van Ginkel** Rigorous […]

Understanding extreme sea levels for broad-scale coastal impact and adaptation analysis

Source: Nature. Authors: T. Wahl, I.D. Haigh, R.J. Nicholls, A. Arns, S. Dangendorf, J. Hinkel & A.B.A. Slangen One of the main consequences of mean sea level rise (SLR) on human settlements is an increase in flood risk due to an increase in the intensity and frequency of extreme sea levels (ESL). While substantial research efforts are directed towards quantifying […]

Norton Wi-Fi Risk Report 2017 shows our Vulnerability

Norton by Symantec commissioned its second annual online survey, this year expanded to 15 global markets, in order to better understand consumers’ public Wi-Fi perceptions and practices and to unveil consumer misconceptions and worries about the safety of these connections. This survey explores consumers’ knowledge about the safety of public Wi-Fi connections. While use of public Wi-Fi is nearly universal, […]

At the Junction of Corporate Governance & Cybersecurity

Source FERMA. A joint working group, representing risk managers and internal auditors from 8 EU countries and  6 different economic sectors (bank, transport, defense, IT, food services and telecom) has developed recommendations for organizations on innovative ways to internally organize the management of cyber risks. These recommendations include a cyber risk governance model between the key internal stakeholders and the […]

Financial Economic Crime Data analytics: towards Compliance 3.0?

Source: EY. Will next generation Transaction monitoring enable Compliance 3.0?Managing Financial Economic Crime risks (“FEC risks”) is an ongoing challenge for Banks. The FEC requirements mitigating these risks are not just limited to policies and procedures, Integrity risk assessments (“SIRA”) and KYC/AML procedures. Banks should also be capable of showing that the FEC Compliance measures are effective. The recent “concept […]

Getting Chief Executives to Take Cyber Risks Seriously

Source: Council of Foreign Relations. CEOs and their boards of directors should pay more attention to the cybersecurity risks that could devastate their business…. To convince board members and CEOs to act, they must first be convinced of the acute consequences of failing to implement proper cybersecurity measures. “Properly assessing these risks and allocating resources require informed decision-making by a company’s […]

Resilience, from an adaptation strategy to an economic asset

By Oliver Wild, Veolia. Giving the tools to a city to help make it more resilient to extreme events… Veolia’s resilience approach consists of understanding the vulnerabilities in a particular territory and then mitigating them to more effectively – and more quickly – bolster its ecosystem and consequently develop a favourable social and economic context. Strongly linked to sustainable development, […]

Board of Directors Oversight of Leadership Risk

Source: The European Financial Review. The practice of Enterprise Risk Management [ERM] was born as a consequence of the Enron collapse in 2001… Leadership is an organization’s most central risk Rarely is leadership elevated to the level of a risk “hot topic” in the minds of Boards or their primary committees… Figure 1, Risk Hot Spots, adapted from KPMG presents […]

Closing the Gap

Source: Lloyd’s. Over the past few decades the internet has enabled extraordinary innovation to take place, creating new business models, giving rise to world-changing companies and generating millions of jobs. But this progress has come at a cost. By their nature, digital systems are susceptible to cyber-attacks by malicious individuals or groups with increasingly serious repercussions for businesses around the […]

Europe’s cities and regions focus on the Paris Agreement

European Committee of the Regions deeply regrets the decision of President Trump to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement. Responding this announcement Markku Markkula, President of the European Committee of the Regions, has underscored the unwavering commitment of cities and regions across the European Union to curb climate change and respond to this global threat, which affects the […]

Stress testing for nonfinancial companies

Source: McKinsey&Company. Assessing a company’s vulnerability to risk makes otherwise theoretical discussions of strategy more real. In the decade since the global financial crisis, financial companies have honed their ability to measure risk in a way that nonfinancial companies have not. Granted, nonfinancial executives hadn’t faced the same existential crisis. And they’ve seldom come under the same kinds of investor […]

Risk Management in the very heart of 4IR

Source: G20 Insights. PricewaterhouseCoopers outlined ideas to enable a sustainable Fourth Industrial Revolution. How G20 countries can create the conditions for emerging technologies to benefit people and the planet. “The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) offers huge potential to transform and realign our economies and societies. There is an increasing realisation that the 4IR could also exacerbate problems for people and the […]

ISO 19600:2014 Compliance Management Systems

By Jack Kruf. Compliancy is on the way up. More and more organisations focus on being compliant. Not only for being compliant, but also for karma, transparency, branding, imago, security and accountability reasons. And more. To be reported also to elected councils, citizens and shareholders. ISO defined this 19600 standard and published it on the 15th of December 2014. It […]

Future Cities: Building infrastructure resilience

This report by Lloyds includes for the first time three new pathways that will help city officials, businesses, communities and insurers work together to build greater city resilience. It contains analysis of each infrastructure category – energy, water supply, information communications technology and transport – and uses case studies to assess past infrastructure failures and to suggest actions that could be […]

A Strategic Approach to Resilience in the EU’s External Action

The EU and its Member States have established a robust policy framework to guide the Union’s external action, anchored in Article 21 of the Treaty and the Global Strategy for the European Union’s Foreign and Security Policy (“EU global strategy”), and linked to commitments they have taken at global and regional level. The challenge now is how to sustain progress […]

Ten Questions Every Board Should Ask in Overseeing Cyber Risks

Nasdaq & Simpson Thacher present – in June 2017 – a compact, highly informative and well written document, which in fact is a general guideline and a first step for an integrated approach of risk management. It is suitable for in fact every company or public organisation which has experienced or will be experiencing cyber attacks. It is offering a […]

Incêndio de Pedrógão Grande

Quercus considers clearance of responsibilities necessary and recalls management mistakes of successive Governments in the forest area. Quercus is a Portuguese non-governmental organization and a independent, non-partisan association of national scope, non-profit and made up of citizens who have gathered around the same interest for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources and in Defense of the Environment in general, with […]

The Dutch Have Solutions to Rising Seas. The World Is Watching.

By Michael Kimmelman, New York Times.  In the waterlogged Netherlands, climate change is considered neither a hypothetical nor a drag on the economy. Instead, it’s an opportunity. “It is, in essence, to let water in, where possible, not hope to subdue Mother Nature: to live with the water, rather than struggle to defeat it. The Dutch devise lakes, garages, parks and […]

You can teach yourself to be risk-taker

By Vivian Giang, BBC.  Business leaders say taking risks is an essential part of getting ahead in today’s world. If that’s not your style, how can you become more comfortable with leaping into the unknown? “Our ability to take a chance and be comfortable with an unknown outcome is affected by our own psychological make-up, the physiological functions in our bodies, […]

US is not ‘us’ anymore

By Jack Kruf. The decision of president Donald Trump (another one per decree and not via political and democratic debate and decision lines) to undo existing policies, pledges and contracts related to the commonly Paris agreed and signed innovative climate change approach, must give other countries reason to reconsider the trustworthiness and credibility of the United States. Where promises, commitments and contracts […]