In recent years, the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement has taken a particular interest in the role of legislation providing the legal basis for risk prevention and management. The situation in this field varies greatly from one member state to another, and many states seek to draw on other countries' experience in such matters as food for thought in their own reform processes.
Nonetheless, they often confine themselves to seeking inspiration from their immediate neighbours, whose proximity facilitates contacts and the exchange of information. At the same time, hazards and disasters are not confined within national borders, and a more global approach should accordingly be adopted.
The network of EUR-OPA Specialised Centres implement projects on wide governance of risk issues. Among the latest projects are:
- Improving governance of wildfire disaster risk reduction through cross-border cooperation between CoE member states, with adjoining countries and globally (2018 - 2019)
Coordinating Centre : Global Fire Monitoring Center (Germany)
- Identification of good governance practices in the management of nuclear disasters and cross‐border technology (2018)
Coordinating Centre : European Centre of Technological Safety (Ukraine)
- Harmonisation of legislations of the European Union, member-states of the EU and Armenia in the area of civil protection, prevention of emergencies and their response (2011 )
Coordinating Centre : European Interregional Scientific and Educational Centre on Major Risk Management (Armenia)
- Mutual Activities of Local Executive Power and Municipalities in the preparation of People, Economy and Environment for the Protection of Communities within the Hyogo Program (2011 )
Coordinating Centre : Baku office of the European Centre on Training and Information of Local and Regional Authorities and Population in the Field of Natural and Technological Disasters (Azerbaijan)
- Establishing an Euro-Mediterranean Communities Network for Nuclear Safety (2009 - 2010)
Coordinating Center European Centre of Technological Safety (TESEC)