Workshop on Recommendations for Strengthening Regulatory Framework and for Strengthening the Institutional Framework

The Legal and Institutional Framework Analyses Workshop was organized on July 22- 23, 2013 in Tbilisi, Georgia and was attended by two governmental representatives from each Partner Country. The overall goal of the Regional Workshop was to discuss and adopt the findings of the assessment Study undertaken by the CIMA Research Foundation and to finalize a set of action-oriented recommendations.

In particular, 2 representatives of the Ministry of the Emergency Situation of Armenia, Belarus and Azerbaijan, the Emergency Management Department, Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia, the Civil Protection and Emergency Situation Service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Moldova and the State Emergency Service of Ukraine attended the workshop. The workshop was intended to share knowledge on the legal and institutional framework of the Partner Countries of the PPRD East Programme. For each country, after a general description of the country and the risk profile associated with natural hazards and man-made risks, the Study highlighted the areas of excellence as well as gaps and bottlenecks concerning both legal and institutional frameworks, and proposed the recommendations how to improve both frameworks and the national disaster management system as a whole.

The workshop was officially opened by Ms Marieta Koleva, Policy Officer, Civil Protection Policy, , DG ECHO.

The PPRD East Programme Team Leader, Sergej Anagnosti, introduced the purpose of the Legal and Institutional Framework Analysis.

CIMA Research Foundation experts presented the methodology used to carry out the analysis of legal and institutional framework.

After this general introduction, in the first day, the analysis of the civil protection and disaster management legal framework was carried out for each Partner Country. Within the legal framework all the Countries showed, although with different degree, the need for a better approximation to the Acquis Communautaire[1]. Approximation to EU acquis communautaire in the field of disaster management should be focused on EU directives, regulations and standards.

Within the Institutional framework analyses, all the Countries showed, although with different degree, the need for the establishment or improvement of functioning of the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, linked with the achievement of the Hyogo Framework of Action goals. This has been highlighted in the country recommendations taking care of the specifics that each country showed during the analysis.

The Workshop in Tbilisi achieved the overall goal of supporting/accepting country specific recommendations both for the Legal/Regulatory Framework and for the Institutional Framework. During the Workshop regional recommendations were also formulated and discussed for both, Legal/Regulatory and Institutional Framework.

[1]The acquis communautaire includes directives, regulations, and decisions adopted on the basis of the various Treaties that together make up the primary law of the European Union and Communities. It is the term used to describe all the principles, policies, laws and objectives that have been agreed by the European Union.


Workshop report