SEVESO II-III workshop was held in Minsk

The Sub-regional Workshop on control of major accident hazards involving dangerous substances (Seveso Directives) held in Minsk, Belarus on 2nd–6th December 2013 was the third event in the framework of the Seveso Capacity building Programme within the EU Programme for the Prevention, Preparedness and Response to natural and man-made disaster in the ENPI East Region.


The workshop has been visited by:

Anna Uss, Deputy Head, International Cooperation Department, Ministry for Emergency Situations and PPRD East Steering Committee Member; Natallia Stasevich, Project Manager, Operations Section, Delegation of the European Union, Belarus; Sergej Anagnosti, Team Leader, PPRD East Programme. 

The main objectives of the workshop were to (1) familiarize professionals in the Control of the Major Accident Hazards Regulations (COMAH) fields from Azerbaijan, Belarus and Moldova with the scope of SEVESO Directives, its definitions and terminology, and to (2) describe and outline the administrative and operational requirements of the Directive and challenges for a legislative approximation.


The issues presented during 5 days of training covered the whole spectrum of obligation regarding implementation of the Seveso  Directives, starting from general presentation of the international frame and evolution of the Seveso Directives, obligation of the operators and authorities, documentation, risk analyses, inspection, emergency response, domino effect, NaTech to land use planning, public implication and cooperation between competent authorities.

The workshop agenda had a strong focus on a large number of practical exercises the trainers had prepared.  During the exercises, the various teams, consisting of the different country participants showed a high ability to socialize, strong commitment and the competency to cooperate, and produced excellent results.


The Minsk training was the last preparation for the final exchange of experts to be held in Brasov, Romania end of April till beginning of May 2014.



In Europe, the Seveso accident in 1976 prompted the adoption of legislation aimed at prevention and control of the major accidents which in chemical industry have occurred world-wide. Currently,  Seveso directive  is applied to the around 10,000 industrial establishments where dangerous substances are used or stored in large quantities, mainly in the chemicals, petrochemicals, storage, and metal refining sectors.


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