Crisis and Risk Communication Management in Europe

The European Union (EU) has faced and continues to face a number of crises, including terrorist attacks, cyber-attacks, large-scale natural disasters, crises caused by climate change, armed conflicts and wars, economic distress, hunger and poverty that plagues various regions of the planet, cyber attack sas well as crises that focus on specific thematic areas such as health (eg the Covid-19 pandemic) and mass migration-refugee flows. These crises can be national crises where an EU member state cannot manage them with its own forces and requests the assistance of other states and organizations, external crises that occur in countries outside the EU, but also cross-border crises take place at the geographical borders of EU member states. with third countries.

The goals of the headquarters in Communication Risk and Crisis Management in Europe are


  • Raising awareness of the risks and crises facing Europe and developing knowledge about the EU’s crisis and disaster management capabilities and mechanisms.
  • Encouraging constructive dialogue and debate on the ways in which the EU and member states manage different types of crises such as terrorist attacks, natural disasters, health crises, refugee crisis.
  • Highlighting the important role of risk and crisis communication for all European actors (European Union institutions, governments and leaders of member states, municipalities, non-governmental organizations, civil associations).
  • Strengthening the debate on the role of new technologies in crisis management and crisis and risk communication by European institutions, member states and citizens.
  • The presentation of successful crisis management practices in all phases of a crisis in order to outline a European crisis management communication model.
  • The support of the educational and professional development in the field of crisis and risk communication of the citizens of Europe.
  • Strengthening social cohesion and promoting the identity of the European Union as a strong and reliable “crisis manager” by building a sense of solidarity among European citizens.
  • The promotion of the active participation of citizens and the involvement of young people, volunteers and other social and professional bodies in issues of communication crisis management.
  • Undergraduate students of the Department of Communication and Digital Media
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate students of the University of Western Macedonia
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate students of all Greek Universities
  • Members of voluntary organizations
  • Communication specialists
  • Professionals in public relations and crisis management
  • Personnel of organizations such as civil protection, fire brigade and police force.
  • Public servants in an office type of Ministries, government bodies and politicians.
  • Municipal employees in charge of communicating municipalities and regions.


Actions and events


Undergraduate Courses

o Crisis Management in the EU: Operational Capacities and Mechanisms
o Crisis and Conflict Communication
o Framing Crises: A European Approach
o Emerging Technologies in Communication crisis management