Programme Activity Areas
First PPRD East Steering Committee Meeting
9 June 2011б, Brussels, Belgium
A Steering Committee of the Programme was established, comprising high officials of the beneficiary organizations of all 6 Partner Countries as well as representatives of the European Commission and 27 Member States.
Beneficiary organizations appointed National Programme Coordinators, who are to play the crucial role in the Programme liaising beneficiaries and stakeholders from their countries with the PPRD East team.
The Steering Committee of the PPRD East Programme on 9 June 2011 has approved the Inception Report and the Programme Working Plan for the time period July 2011 – June 2012. Following a review of the key documents and the stakeholder consultations process, the Programme’s long-term objective, main purposes, expected results and activities were specified and have been presented in the Inception Report without any significant deviation from the ToR.
Second PPRD East Steering Committee Meeting
February 21, 2013, Brussels, Belgium
The main aim of the meeting was to report on the results achieved since the previous Steering Committee Meeting (June 2011) and to approve the Programme action plan for January 2013 – June 2014. In addition, participating Member States and international organizations were provided with the opportunity to propose modalities of their support and involvement in the realization of the Programme.
In total, the meeting gathered 42 EC representatives, all 6 Partner Countries, 7 Member States and 2 international organizations. The meeting was opened by Mr. Philip Mikos, Head of Unit, Mr. Jesús Laviña, Head of Sector from the Europe
Aid Cooperation Office and Mr. Hans Das, Head of Unit from the Humanitarian ian Aid and Civil Protection Directorate
of the European Commission.
EC representatives pointed out that the PPRD East is one of the Flagship Initiatives of the Eastern Partnership and a very important Programme. In addition, it was proposed to keep the civil protection for disaster management area as one of the Flagship Initiatives for the next programming phase (2014 – 2017).
Therefore, PPRD East Programme should not be perceived only as a technical assistance programme but also as a cooperation programme, both between the Partner Countries and between the Partner Countries and the EU – and Member States.
Representatives of all six Partner Countries declared their full commitment and support to the Programme. They confirmed there had been challenges in the implementation of agreed activities related to the sharing of national data, regulations and policies. All six Partner Countries accepted the proposed draft.
European Emergency Response Centre. Member States (Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden) were pleased with the results achieved by the Programme so far. They confirmed their interest in supporting the Programme implementation but also expressed concerns regarding the sustainability of the Programme results, especially with regard to the Electronic Regional Risk Atlas. NATO EADRCC and UNISDR Regional Office for Europe expressed gratitude for being invited to the Steering Committee Meeting and offered their support for the Programme implementation.
All participants agree that the endorsed Work Plan for January 2013 – June 2014 is ambitious, yet feasible. If all stakeholders (EC, Partner Countries, Member States, international organizations and PPRD East Programme Team) work together with mutual understanding and apply proactive approach; the PPRD Programme results will be achieved.