Усиление потенциала по Директивам Севезо

Press release

 

12 December 2011                 TOGETHER AGAINST DISASTERS

Belarusian experts join trilateral project on crisis management

On 13-14 December 2011 an international workshop on crisis management in case of chemical accidents organized together by the EU funded Programme for the Prevention, Preparedness and Response to man-made and natural disasters in the ENPI East Region (PPRD East) and the Secretariat of the UNECE Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents will take place in in Chisinau (Moldova).

At the workshop, the experts from 4 countries – Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, and Belarus –will share information on national legal basis for adequate preparedness and response to the industrial accidents in their countries, especially with regard to transboundary cooperation. The participants will highlight similarities and differences in emergency preparedness to the accidents at hazardous industrial sites by the national authorities and enterprises. Special attention will be paid to gap analysis with regard to the legal basis and emergency preparedness. Issues of emergency response by national civil protection systems and installation owners/operators will also be a subject of joint discussion.

The immediate objectives of the workshop are to discuss and compare national procedures for emergency preparedness and response; to identify deficiencies with use of the indicators and criteria set in the Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents and try to find ways for their overcoming; to review examples of good practice on systems for emergency preparedness and response; and to set a basis for elaboration of scenario for future exercises.

Participation of 5 experts from the Ministry of Emergency Situations and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of Belarus is arranged and supported by the PPRD East Programme with the purpose of establishing international professional contacts with colleagues and sharing experience in the prevention of major industrial accidents.

The workshop continues series of actions in the framework of project on hazard and crisis management in the Danube Delta run by the Secretariat of the UNECE Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents’. Further joint actions of the PPRD East Programme and the UNECE project are envisaged in future.

Note:

The UNECE Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents was adopted in Helsinki on March 17, 1992 and came into force on April 19, 2000. The Convention was ratified by 39 countries and the European Union.

The Convention lays down a set of measures to reduce the probability of industrial accidents and to minimize their effects – to the neighboring countries specifically – as the accidents do happen. In the recent years, aid programs were developed for the countries of East Europe, Caucasia, Central Asia, and South-Eastern Europe to support more effectively these counties’ efforts in the realization of Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents.

The UNECE Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents:

http://live.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/env/documents/2006/teia/Convention%20R%20no%20annex%20I.pdf

The Council Directive 96/82/EC on the control of major-accident hazards (Seveso II Directive):

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=CELEX:31996L0082:EN:NOT

The overall objectives of the PPRD East Programme:

  • to contribute to the development of the Partner Countries' civil protection capacities for disaster prevention, preparedness and response;
  • to bring the Partner Countries progressively closer to the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and improve cooperation among themselves.

Contacts:

EU DG EuropeAid – Lena Nielsen, Programme Manager  lena.nielsen@ec.europa.eu

PPRD East - Volodymyr Kuznietsov, Communication Expert vkuznietsov@eptisa.com, +38 066 120 01 47

Web-site: www.euroeastcp.eu

 

Press release

9 December 2011                  TOGETHER AGAINST DISASTERS

Belarusian authorities get acquainted with the European Civil Protection Mechanism

More than 30 high- and mid-level officials from the Ministry of Emergency Situations, other Belarusian ministries and state agencies as well as representatives from the international and non-governmental organizations working in the field of disaster reduction and relief in the country take part in the European Civil Protection Mechanism Information Day, which will be held in Minsk on 12 December.

The main goal of this event conducted by the experts of the EU funded Programme for the Prevention, Preparedness and Response to man-made and natural disasters in the ENPI East Region (PPRD East) is to raise participants’ awareness about the European Civil Protection Mechanism, its structure, work modalities, capabilities and opportunities.

During the Information Day the participants will be given detailed presentations of the European Civil Protection Mechanism work procedures, capabilities and its missions to the PPRD East Partner Countries. During the group work submission of a request of assistance through the Mechanism and procedures for receiving such assistance (Host Nation Support) will be simulated. The Information Day will be concluded by explaining in detail the PPRD East Programme activities aimed at bringing Partner Countries closer to the European Civil Protection Mechanism.

The Information Day in Minsk continues series of similar events, which are held in the framework of the PPRD East Programme in every Partner Country. Earlier Information Days were held in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Moldova.

Background information:

The European Civil Protection Mechanism:

The main role of the European Civil Protection Mechanism is to facilitate co-operation in civil protection assistance interventions in the event of major emergencies which may require urgent response actions. This applies also to situations where there may be an imminent threat of such major emergencies. It is therefore a tool that enhances EU co-operation in civil protection matters.

http://ec.europa.eu/echo/civil_protection/civil/prote/mechanism.htm

The objectives of the PPRD East Programme:

  • Contribute to the development of the Partner Countries' civil protection capacities for disaster prevention, preparedness and response;
  • Bring the Partner Countries progressively closer to the European Civil Protection Mechanism and improve cooperation among themselves.

Contacts:

DG EuropeAid – Lena Nielsen, Programme Manager lena.nielsen@ec.europa.eu

PPRD East - Volodymyr Kuznietsov, PR Officer, vkuznietsov@eptisa.com   

phone: +38 066 120 01 47

Web-site: www.euroeastcp.eu

 

Press release

1 December 2011                             TOGETHER AGAINST DISASTERS

PPRD East Partner Countries start exercise planning process

Disaster managers and civil protection exercise planners from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine convene on 5-9 December in Kyiv, Ukraine, to share their experience and get familiarised with the EU methodology of planning, conducting and evaluation of the civil protection table-top and field exercises. Commonlyagreed concept of the exercises in the framework of the EU funded Programme for the Prevention, Preparedness and Response to man-made and natural disasters in the ENPI East Region (PPRD East) and outlines of four table-top exercise scenarios are expected as the main outcome of the seminar and planning conference.

The PPRD East working plan foresees organisation of four table-top and one field exercise, involving civil protection assets from all six Partner Countries. In order to achieve better and identical understanding of processes of planning, conducting and evaluating exercises, the exercise programme will be opened by methodological seminar. Disaster managers from Partner Countries will have an opportunity to present their national civil protection exercise systems, to learn the experience of organisation of exercises in the framework of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, to discuss and agree upon common concept and main elements of the table-top and field exercises to be held during the implementation phase of the PPRD East programme, starting in summer 2012.

The seminar will be followed by the initial planning conference for all four table-top exercises, which will be played between pairs of neighbouring Partner Countries (Georgia-Armenia, Georgia-Azerbaijan, Ukraine-Belarus, Ukraine-Moldova). Each of those exercises will concentrate on most likely disaster in respective area: earthquake, flood, forest fires and chemical accident. The planning conference will result in drafting exercise scenarios and agreeing on time, venue, technical support and other main issues, which will enable starting more detailed planning.

The seminar and initial planning conference will be conducted and facilitated by civil protection experts from Estonia and Ukraine, having substantial experience in real missions and exercises.

Background information:

The European Civil Protection Mechanism:

The main role of the European Civil Protection Mechanism is to facilitate co-operation in civil protection assistance interventions in the event of major emergencies which may require urgent response actions. This applies also to situations where there may be an imminent threat of such major emergencies. It is therefore a tool that enhances EU co-operation in civil protection matters.

http://ec.europa.eu/echo/civil_protection/civil/prote/mechanism.htm

The objectives of the PPRD East Programme:

  • Contribute to the development of the Partner Countries' civil protection capacities for disaster prevention, preparedness and response;
  • Bring the Partner Countries progressively closer to the European Civil Protection Mechanism and improve cooperation among themselves.

Contacts:

European Commission/EuropeAid – Project Manager  Lena Nilsen  

Email: Lena.Nielsen@ec.europa.eu

PPRD project team  Volodymyr Kuznietsov  

Email: vkuznietsov@eptisa.com

phone: +38 066 120 01 47

Web-site: www.euroeastcp.eu

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