As of July 4, 2018 DPPI SEE is one step closer towards completing the procedures for its legal status. Four DPPI SEE member states Croatia, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia signed the Host Country Agreement in Sarajevo. In the upcoming weeks Albania will be ready to do so after which the national authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina will proceed with final endorsement and ratification. This extraordinary meeting was also used to initiate planning of DPPI SEE activities for 2019 by the Trio Mechanism (Romania, Turkey and Alabnia).
Participants: DPPI SEE member countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey), European Commission, Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), UNISDR and MSB- IPA DRAM.
DAY I – 35th DPPI SEE regional meeting
Opening remarks by DPPI SEE Chair-in-Office 2017 (Romania)
MR.MARIUS DOGEANU, the representative of Director General of the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations made the first opening remark by presenting the Romanian Ambassador in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and pointed out an importance of all topics of meeting agenda.
AMBASSADOR MS. DANA-MANUELA CONSTANTINESCU
The Romanian Ambassador mentioned the importance of the influence of the state institutions in helping communities face and recover after disasters. This way, the need of communication and resilience between the two is essential.
The Ambassador mentioned the active role of the Initiative in the region pointing out the most important activities organized under its umbrella, especially taking into account the fact that Romania holds the current Chair-in-Office. She thanked the DPPI SEE Parties for the ongoing and unconditional support in organizing the events and promoting new initiatives.
The ambassador also mentioned that Romania hopes that the future Chair-in-Office, Turkey will be continuing the ongoing projects with Romanian help, despite the fact that our country will be strongly involved in the preparations of the future European Presidency, in the spring of 2019.
MR. SAMIR AGIC - HOST COUNTRY REPRESENTATIVE
The representative of the host country Mr.Agic, on behalf of the Ministry of Security, excused the minster, Mr. Mektic, for his absence, due an urgent and unscheduled meeting of the government. Mr.Agic also welcomed to all DPPI SEE member country representatives in Sarajevo.
35th DPPI SEE regional meeting (OPEN session)
Latest developments in civil protection of the DPPI SEE member countries
Update on recent emergencies in the SEE
- For the government made a priority from the civil protection field, high-lightning that the country’s legislation is undergoing modifications. An important part of the legislative modification is related to the early warning system improvement and prevention of floods by population preparedness.
- Regarding the latest disasters recorded in the past year, the most important were the forest fires. Albania reached for help through the UCPM, but the only substantial help came from Greece, and the most of the interventions were managed by the local authorities.
- The main event of 2017 was the NATO-EADRCC exercise, organized in Tuzla, between 25 and 29 of September. The local authorities were given a positive feed-back from the exercise participants, and also through the lesson learned with this occasion.
- Currently, the Bosnian authorities are trying to connect to EU in order to become a Participating State inside the UCPM. The BiH Representative expressed their interest to actively contribute to the structure of the Mechanism. So, they made an appeal to the present Participating States in the UCPM to support their integration process.
- The main challenge for the Bulgarian authorities was focused on the forest fires in August that affected south western part of the country and the module that we registered in the voluntary pool of EU is ground forest fire fighting module using vehicles (GFFF-V). The limitation and extinguishing actions were hampered by the constant winds, elevated temperatures, and the presence of the oil and natural gases conduits. The situation demanded the national emergency plan activation with major mobilization of specialized equipment and personnel.
- Regarding the UCPM activities, was mentioned the registration of one forest fire module and the organizing of a MODEX exercise, for the next year, in the light of the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Presidency.
- Croatia was affected also by extensive forest fires incidents, which were a direct consequence of the prolonged drought recorded nationwide. The fires were difficult to control due to the Adriatic winds. Fortunately, they were no recorded casualties, and the infrastructure didn’t suffer significant loses.
- Compared to other years, the main noted difference of the registered fires was their territorial spreading which, once reaching a certain area became harder to control. Fortunately, Croatia has important aerial fire-fighting capabilities, and that made unnecessary the UCPM activation, making even possible to help other countries with similar problems.
- Another event related to disasters was the flood registered in September 2017 when, in a 24 hour period, dropped 370 mm of water on square cm.
- After these disasters, some changes occurred in the implementation of the new national security strategy adopted at the beginning of the year, strategy developed since 2002. So, in the national security coordination body appears the civil protection component.
- In the next period of time, it will be performed a complete evaluation of the civil protection system and the report presented at the beginning of the year, followed by the development of an optimization proposal.
- Alongside these aspects, it is wanted that the coordination system became more efficient and the transfer of the authority at local level should be made under a governmental department.
- The representative mentioned that the new disaster national strategy will be forwarded to the government this December.
- As other activities, they are currently involved with IPA DRAM, IPA FLOODS, UCPM (DIRECT project, SVAROG 2017 project and ADRIATIC 2018 project) UCPM and DG ECHO in organizing a TTX exercise and trainings for water rescue training with teams from Slovenia and Czech Republic, and other activities. Also, they participated in the NATO exercise, in Tuzla, with JERU and CBRN teams.
- The country was also affected by forest fires, in the central and southern part of the territory, where was mobilized most of the national forces, over 100 vehicles, and multiple national authorities. The activation of the UCPM and NATO became necessary and help was provided by Ukraine, Bulgaria Croatia, Switzerland and Israel.
- It is expected that the new risk disaster management law will be adopted soon. This law was meant to be implemented both at national and local level. In developing and drafting its final form help was provided by different international institutions. So, the first risk evaluation will be finalized until 2018.
- Multiple exercises were also organized, as well as programs destined to special categories are published on the web page of the Ministry of Interior. The next big exercise is going to be in Serbia, under NATO umbrella.
- As recent emergencies, on the national territory, the forest fires were the main disaster recorded this year. Fortunately, most of them were controlled within the earliest stages.
- Regarding the implementation of the Sendai Framework Slovenia has prepared draft Action Plan on the basis of the Action Plan on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 prepared by European Commission. In June 2017 Slovenia has amended document on the Sustainable development of the Republic of Slovenia based on the Sendai indicators. Slovenian delegation has also attended different DRR events.
- In the year 2018 Slovenia will celebrate the twentieth anniversary of 112 number as international emergency number. From 25 to 27 of April 2018 Ljubljana will host EENA Conference 2018.
- There were no major emergencies in the period from April till November 2017 which would require international assistance. In August there were two forest fires in Divača and in Komen where Slovenian armed forces with helicopters and planes were involved. Also three industrial accidents happened during the summer (factories Kemis, Ekoplastkom and Ekosistemi).
- ACPDR is currently involved in 23 different EU projects, five of which are conducting in the SEE region (IPA FLOODS, IPA DRAM, exercise “ADRIATIC 2018” and FRISCO 1).
- It was mentioned that at national level efforts are being made to update de procedures and the preparedness and prevention system in case of disasters. Currently, the Turkish authorities are involved in the development of a new national strategy in this area.
- Recently, a conference regarding the Determination and reducing of technological risks was held in Antalya with very good representation from many countries. Also, conferences on the civil protection area will be organized next year regarding many other aspects, such as preparedness at disaster of individuals with special needs.
- The governmental changes did not affect the institutional management and this allowed the process of purchase of new equipment was continued including on the medical emergency area.
- In October, took place the first visit of NATO experts in the context of evaluation of resilience.
- Currently, all governmental authorities are involved in the preparations for the upcoming EU Council presidency in 2019.
- As for the civil protection activities, the next items on the calendar are an INSARAG meeting for an USAR module certification, and MODEX exercises in Italy and France.
- Romania, in Consortium with Croatia and Montenegro, expects the results of the evaluation for the MODEX project, and after the signing of the contract, exercises focused on fire forests will be organized in Croatia, and then in Montenegro.
- At national level, this year was almost uneventful. In September, a few very strong storms and floods made 8 victims and 100 wounded, in the western part of the country. The storm was not forecast and the victims were caused by the fallen trees, so a change in the warning systems will be made in order to announce the public about the dangerous areas by mobile phones.
Romanian General Inspectorate of Emergency Situations (IGSU), Ministry of Interior of Romania, hosted and chaired the first biannual DPPI SEE regional meeting in 2017. Over the course of the two consecutive days, the DPPI SEE members discussed and reviewed the progress achieved through implementation of the annual work programme of the Initiative in the period November 2016 - April 2017, while building upon the outcomes of the 33rd DPPI SEE regional meeting held in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on 15 - 16 November 2016.
Within the closed session of the meeting, the Regional Meeting addressed issues of relevance to further strengthening the DPPI SEE institutional capacity, namely the still on-going negotiations on DPPI SEE host country arrangements aiming to legally regulate the status of the DPPI SEE Secretariat in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Taking into consideration the state of play as such, the Regional Meeting has agreed to postpone the previously announced staff elections while extending the employment contracts of the current staff for one (1) additional year in line with relevant provisions of the DPPI SEE Memorandum of Understanding.
In addition, the countries re-confirmed their commitment to sustainable DPPI SEE project development and further stressed the importance of aligning the DPPI SEE project priorities to those of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and related action plan(s) on European level. Also announced are the upcoming SWIFT water rescue practical trainings conducted under the DPPI SEE Joint Emergency Response Units in Case of Floods (JERU) project, as well as the final JERU field exercise planned to be organized in September 2017.
The DPPI SEE Advisory Board traditionally gathered together the DPPI SEE members and partner organizations giving them the opportunity to present achievements and challenges within currently implemented EU, i.e. UN regional and other initiatives, while highlighting future opportunities.
Representatives of the national disaster management authorities of nine (9) DPPI SEE member countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia) attended the meeting. Turkey was not present due to dense national schedule.
Also participating were representatives of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Italian Civil Protection Department (IPA FLOODS Lead Partner), UN OCHA, including via teleconference - European Commission (DG ECHO) and UNISDR Regional Office for Europe.
- SERBIA - Recent Emergencies
- SERBIA - Latest Developments in Civil Protection of Serbia
- ROMANIA - Sendai Implementation at National Level
- IPA FLOODS - 34th DPPI SEE regional meeting
- OCHA - 34th DPPI SEE regional meeting
- UNISDR - 34th DPPI SEE regional meeting
Republic of Slovenia (Administration for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief, ACPDR) chaired the 2016 autumn session of the DPPI SEE regional meeting in its role of the DPPI SEE Chair-in-Office for the year 2016. Over the course of the two-day meeting, the DPPI SEE member countries reviewed the progress of implementation of the annual work programme of the Initiative, notably in the period April - November 2016 while building upon the outcomes of the 32nd DPPI SEE regional meeting held in Portorož, Slovenia, 5 - 6 April 2016.
Within the closed session of the meeting, the DPPI SEE member countries discussed and agreed on the next steps in regulating the DPPI SEE host country arrangements and preparing for the DPPI SEE Secretariat staff elections 2017. In addition, the countries re-confirmed their sustained commitment to the DPPI SEE project implementation (Disaster Management Training Programme - DMTP, Joint Emergency Response Units in case of Floods - JERU) and agreed on the annual work plan for 2017.
The DPPI SEE Advisory Board traditionally gathered together around the SEE countries, EU partner states’ civil protection administrations and UN organizations, all contributing to disaster management/ disaster risk reduction capacity development in the region, giving them the opportunity to present achievements and challenges within currently implemented EU and UN regional initiatives, including the details of future opportunities.
Representatives of the national disaster management authorities of nine DPPI SEE members (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey) attended the meeting, with one member, Albania, absent due to heavy rain and floods in the country.
Also participating were representatives of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Italian Civil Protection Department (IPA FLOODS Lead Partner), Danish Emergency Management Agency (DEMA), Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB, IPA DRAM Lead Partner), UNISDR Regional office for Europe and UN agencies in BiH.
Next (34th) DPPI SEE regional meeting is tentatively scheduled for early April 2017 in Romania.
The Administration of the Republic of Slovenia for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief, in its role of the DPPI SEE Chair-in-Office for 2016, hosted the 32nd DPPI SEE regional meeting in the Adriatic coastal city of Portorož (Slovenia) on two consecutive days, 5 - 6 April 2016.
The spring session 2016 analysed, discussed and further provided guidance and concrete recommendations
to support and complement the efforts of the South Eastern Europe in disaster preparedness and prevention, while preserving synergies and collaboration among relevant partner organisations/ stakeholders committed to reducing the impact of disasters in this part of Europe.
Next to discussion on the DPPI SEE state of play, the spring session 2016 agenda covered a variety of complementary civil protection/ disaster management related topics thus traditionally providing an opportunity for an extensive information-exchange and updates on latest developments in the region’s Civil Protection architecture, including on the activities of the EU partner countries and European Commission.
More specifically, the meeting addressed the following points:
DPPI SEE Disaster Management Training Programme (DMTP) annual plan for 2016
DPPI SEE Joint Emergency Response Unit in case of floods (JERU) project “state of play”
Latest developments in Civil Protection of the DPPI SEE members
EU projects (IPA, EU Civil Protection Mechanism, other) and possibilities for inclusion of the Western Balkan/ South Eastern Europe countries in the implementation of these
Migrants situation - presentation from the civil protection point of view
Recent, current and future planned regional activities of the DPPI SEE partners
Nine DPPI SEE member states attended the meeting, including the representatives of the EU partner states’ civil protection state authorities (Austria, Denmark, Hungary, Italy), UNDP - UN Regional Hub Istanbul, and with participation of the European Commission (DG ECHO) via teleconference.
The 31st regional meeting of the Disaster Preparednes and Prevention Initiative for South Eatsern Europe (DPPI SEE) was held in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on 3 and 4 November 2015. The autumn session 2015 was co-hosted by Serbia in its capacity of the DPPI SEE Chair-in-Office 2015 and DPPI SEE Secretariat.
The meeting gathered representatives of the DPPI SEE member countries' disaster management, i.e. civil protection authorities and representatives of competent partner organisations/ stakeholders committed to disaster preparedness, prevention and reducing of disaster risks in the region of South Eastern Europe.
The closed session of the meeting built upon the proceedings and conclusions of the regional meeting spring session 2015, and through inclusive discussion reviewed the DPPI SEE activities implemented to the day while providing guidance for further effective implementation of the DPPI SEE desired course of action as stipulated the DPPI SEE Memorandum of Understanding (2013). The Regional Meeting thus reflected on the status of implementation of the DPPI SEE Disaster Management Training Programme (DMTP) 2015 and furtehr discussed countries' proposals for the year 2016.
Other objectives of the meeting were pursued within the DPPI SEE Advisory Board serving as a forum for networking, information exchange and experience sharing on topics currently occupying the SEE civil protection agenda, such as the Europian migrant/ refuge crisis, recent and on-going initiatives within IPA civil protection coperation programme, including the future planned IPA calls for proposals, update on professional training and exchange of experts programmes.
The participants learnt from concrete experiences of Croatia and Slovenia on engagement of their civil protection services in the migrant situation, including on the activities of the European Commision DG ECHO in the same process. Also presented was recent activation of the European Civil Protection Mechanism by Macedonia as well as the final field exercise, IPA CAMPEX 2015, held within the IPA Civil Protection Cooperation Programme- Phase II. Equal contributions to the Advisory Board forum were those of UNDP Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina, UN OCHA, UNISDR Europe, Italian Civil Protection Department, THW and GEM Foundation.
The next DPPI SEE regional meeting (spring 2016) will take place in Slovenia in April 2016 and will be hosted by the Administration for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief of Slovenia (ACPDR).
- Migrant situation in Croatia as of 30 Nov 2015
- DG ECHO European Medical Corps
- IPA CAMPEX 2015 (video)
- Floods in Macedonia (Tetovo) August 2015
- IT Civil Protection Department IPA FLOODS
- UNDP Action Plan for DRR in BiH
- THW Exchange of Experts Update
- UNISDR Europe Implementation of Sendai Framework
- GEM Foundation The Global Earthquake Model
- Slovenian contribution to DPPI SEE DMPT 2015
- UN OCHA Enhancing preparedness and response Training Proposal
The 30th DPPI SEE regional meeting was held in Belgrade and was hosted by the Sector for Emergency Management of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia in its capacity of the DPPI SEE Chair-in-Office 2015.
The aim of this yearâs spring session was to further facilitate and provide guidance for effective fulfilment of the DPPI SEE goals and objectives as set out in the DPPI SEE Memorandum of Understanding (2013) through inclusive discussion on the DPPI SEE current and future planned activities, including through review of the activities implemented in the framework of the Initiative in the period between the regional meeting autumn session 2014 and spring session 2015.
As per established practice, the morning od the day 1 was reserved for the Regional Meeting closed session and more detailed discussions on the current status of the DPPI SEE JERU project implementation, including about activities related to the DPPI SEE Secretariat status regulation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the afternoon of same day, the DPPI SEE regional table traditionally transformed into a forum where the DPPI SEE member states and partnering organisations presented on their respective on-going and future engagements relevant to and focusing on cross-border cooperation in the South Eastern Europe.
The Advisory Board thus included the following: 1) Administration for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief of Slovenia (ACPDR) - "IPA Programmes on Civil Protection Cooperation with the candidate countries and potential candidates - IPA CP Phase II"; 2) Italian Civil Protection Department - "Programme for Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Floods in the Western Balkans and Turkey - IPA FLOODS"; 3) United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Country Office Serbia - "Resilient Recovery and Local Resilience"; 4) Organisation for Security Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Mission to Serbia - "OSCE Mission to Serbia support for strengthening emergency management mechanisms"; 5) XLAB d.o.o. (Slovenian private company) -"Exact caller Location for Emergency Call Centres". In addition, the Disaster Management and Emergency Situations Presidency of Turkey (AFAD) presented "Turkish National Disaster Response Plan within the scope of Integrated Disaster Management System", the UNISDR Europe Region Office reflected on the "Outcomes of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, Sendai, Japan, 14 - 18 March 2015", while the Serbian-Russian Humanitarian Centre informed about the Centre's "activity in the sphere of emergency humanitarian response, prevention and elimination of natural and man-made disasters".
DPPI SEE regional meeting 2015 autumn session will be hosted by the DPPI SEE Secretariat. The session has been tentatively scheduled for mid November, Sarajevo.
- IPA CP 2_April 2015_update
- IPA FLOODS Italian Civil Protection Department
- UNDP Resilient Recovery and Local Resilience
- OSCE Mission to Serbia Jan Lueneburg
- SRHC Video
- XLab doo Exact Caller Location Project
- AFAD TAMP IngilizceOPT
- UNISDR Outcomes of the WCDRR