EU trains national authorities to receive foreign aid efficiently in case of major disaster
March 16, 2016.
In a disaster relief situation, how do national authorities negotiate with international actors to maximise the response impact? A two-day simulation exercise took place in Kyiv on 15-16 March. It was conducted as part of the EU-funded "Programme on Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Natural and Man-made Disasters in the Eastern Partnership Countries" (PPRD East 2) and tested Ukraine’s arrangements for the effective reception and deployment of international relief teams.
The purpose of the exercise was to enhance inter-institutional, inter-ministerial and inter-agency cooperation with regard to requesting and managing foreign civil protection assistance in accordance to the EU Host Nation Support Guidelines. It builds on a scenario where a serious natural disaster had occurred on the territory of Ukraine. The exercise simulated the arrival of rescue teams from several states participating in the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.
The exercise demonstrated how national authorities should facilitate the reception, deployment and dispatchment of foreign aid. It was hosted by the State Emergency Service of Ukraine and took place at the Ukrainian Research Institute of Civil Protection. The exercise was attended by more than 35 experts of the State Emergency Service, State Border Guard, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Defence, National Police, Ministry of Infrastructure and State Agency of Water Resources.
Jean-Francois Moret, manager of the PPRD East 2 Flagship Initiative at the EU Delegation to Ukraine, welcomed the participation of so many relevant Ukrainian administrations, underlining that the "exercise was held in very realistic conditions and was an important step forward towards a closer association of Ukraine to the EU Civil Protection Mechanism".
The EU-funded Programme on Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Natural and Man-made Disasters (PPRD East 2) is to contribute to the peace, stability, security and prosperity of the Eastern Partner Countries. It is also aimed to protect the environment, population, cultural heritage, resources and infrastructures of the region by strengthening the countries’ resilience, preparedness and response to man-made disasters and disasters caused by natural hazards.
The PPRD East 2 Programme facilitates the strengthening of disaster risk management capacities at the national level in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, to strengthen regional cooperation among the Partner Countries, and brings Partner Countries progressively closer to the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. The Programme will last for 4 years with a budget of 5.5 million.
For more information, please visit: http://pprdeast2.eu/en/about-pprdeast2/