A Crisis Management Dashboard for the European Commission
ARGUS is the corporate coordination mechanism (process and procedures) of the European Commission to manage and coordinate trans-boundary / multi-sectoral crises, requiring action at European level (e.g. public health, civil protection, migration, energy, transport, environment, etc.). It supports the President, the College and the Secretary-General in their decision-making by facilitating real-time, topical and sharp information on the different vectors and drivers of an emergency. It remains in force for the COVID-19 pandemic that continues to hit Europe and the entire world.
However, recent experiences have made a number of gaps in the Commission’s overall crisis management visible. With increasing cross-border and cross-sector challenges, the role expected from the EU, and in particular from the European Commission, becomes ever more prominent.
The Secretariat-General invited all relevant Commission departments and Agencies to take part in a joint analysis with the aim of designing and developing a common Dashboard that could serve EU crisis management communities.
Business analysis shows that a modern ARGUS should support:
- foresight, risk assessment, monitoring and early detection;
- prevention and preparedness, incl. resilience; and
That means a Dashboard that can help to improve:
- intelligent scenario planning in order to map, analyse and connect global trends, threats and risks;
- cross-sectorial networks for sense-making;
- connect-the-dots, especially in hybrid environments;
- interoperable surveillance, including through geolocation, and early warning systems and triggers at national and European levels;
- data management, scientific support, modelling, easy analysis and statistics;
- resilience of critical infrastructure, critical supply chains and products;
- emergency preparedness plans, sharing of expertise, training and exercises;
- coordination of fast and efficient action and reaction;
- strategic, early and proactive communication, EU-wide crisis communication networks to fight disinformation, provide elements for a unified voice at EU level and branding EU support.
The integrated, cross-policy, “EU crisis dashboard” should provide reliable and real-time information to ensure efficiency of decision-making.
Work is ongoing, with the commitment of colleagues in all Commission Services.