DPPI SEE Regional Meetings

DPPI SEE Regional Meetings

Following the Command, Control and Coordination Course (November 2013, Serbia) being the 1st activity in the set of those planned within the DPPI SE JERU project, on 20 January 2014 the 3rd JERU planning meeting was held in Sarajevo whereby representatives of 9 project participating countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey) discussed on further implementation of the project activities in 2014 onwards.
The main topics discussed at the meeting included arrangements for the procurement and dissemination of the JERU personal protection equipment and planning/ organization of the JERU SWIFT practical trainings. In this respect, the participating countries also performed further analysis of the proposed JERU personal protection equipment and reached agreement on the technical details of the equipment.
On the same occasion, the participating countries had the opportunity to learn more about and comment on the implementation of the upcoming IPA Programme for floods prevention, preparedness and response which is meant to establish multinational floods related modules in the EU candidate countries and potential candidates and to boost countries' approximation to the EU Floods Directive. DG ECHO plans to launch the programme towards Oct 2014.
Though this IPA Programme was initially created in order to accommodate the request by the countries to receive support for the implementation of the JERU project, the agreement was nevertheless reached on continuing the current format of the JERU activities while the IPA programme on floods will be implemented as a separate programme outside the scope of the DPPI SEE while keeping a close coordination link between the two initiatives.

Eight DPPI SEE member countries sign the new Memorandum of Understanding on the Institutional Framework of the Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Initiative for South Eastern Europe (DPPI SEE) On 28th November 2013, Day I Iof the XXVII DPPI SEE regional meeting, 8 countries of the region (Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey) signed the Memorandum of Understanding for the 2nd time thereby extending the mandate of the Initiative for an indefinite period of time. The signing by other three DPPI SEE member countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova and Romania) is expected to take place in the course of the next 6 months and not later than on the occasion of the DPPI SEE regional meeting 2014 (spring session). The signing of the new Memorandum reflects the countries’ undiminished commitment to continuing regional cooperation in the field of natural and man-made disaster preparedness and prevention through further implementation of programmes aimed at institutional capacity-building in this respect, both on national and regional level.
In the course of the XXVII meeting, the DPPI SEE member countries discussed and agreed upon their joint activities in 2014, such as the continuation of the DPPI SEE Disaster Management Training Programme (DMTP) as well as the further implementation of trainings as part of the DPPI SEE Joint Emergency Response Unit (JERU) project, including the procurement of the JERU personal protection equipment.
The next DPPI SEE Regional meeting (XXVIII) will be held in the 2nd quarter of 2014 in Montenegro, the DPPI SEE Chair in Office 2014.


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  2. Italian Civil Protection system for DRR activities
  4. Population Movements from Syria into Turkey
  5. CIMA Research Foundation - KMS - Part I
  6. CIMA Research Foundation - KMS - Part II

XXV DPPI SEE Regional Meeting was held on 13 - 14 November 2012 in Sarajevo, the seat of DPPI SEE Secretariat and was hosted/ organized by the DPPI SEE Secretariat in close cooperation with Bulgaria, the DPPI SEE Chair-in-Office 2012.
As per usual practice, the Agenda of the meeting covered a variety of subjects, including a number of internal institutional issues of importance for undeterred future functioning of the DPPI SEE. In the course of the two-day meeting the following sessions were convened:
DMTP Steering Group session
The session included discussions on the DPPI SEE Disaster Management Training Programme (DMTP) 2013 and DPPI SEE Parties’ proposals on activities for inclusion in DMTP annual Work Plan 2013. The session resulted in 11 activities being proposed and adopted so far by the Steering Group, including a proposal on a joint DPPI SEE/ UNICEF workshop (12 in total). Further proposals will be integrated in the DMTP Work Plan draft by the end of the year 2012.
Advisory Board session
The session included presentations by European Commission - DG ECHO (current and upcoming IPA programmes), UNISDR - Europe Regional Office (UNSDR/WMO regional project related activities), UNICEF (its 1st DRR project/ proposal for joint DPPI SEE/ UNICEF activity within the project), Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency - MSB (DPPI SEE DRR project - next steps) and CIMA Research Foundation (proposal for two potential areas for cooperation).
Related presentations: EC - IPA ProgrammesUNISDR part 1 EFDRR, UNISDR part 2 EFDRR
Regional Meeting  - DAY I (closed session)
DPPI SEE Memorandum of Understanding - 1st Jan 2014 onwards (agreement on future steps)·        

  • The DPPI SEE Parties’ unanimous support for further continuing their cooperation in the framework of DPPI SEE following the expiration of the existing DPPI SEE Memorandum of Understanding, 31st December 2013; 

DPPI SEE Host Country Agreement (HCA)- agreement on the urgency of solution finding

  • Further negotiations needed with the competent authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina to ensure legal functioning of the DPPI SEE Secretariat and fulfilment of the host country commitments in line with the signed international agreement.

Kosovo* request for membership in the DPPI SEE

  • Inclusion of Kosovo as an observer in the activities implemented in the framework of DPPI SEE will be subject to further discussions with the competent authorities of the Republic of Serbia.

DPPI SEE legal documents (Rules of Procedure& Financial Management Rules)

  • The DPPI SEE Parties re-confirmed their support for documents adoption once a still pending confirmation by Bosnia and Herzegovina is communicated to the Secretariat to allow for reaching the consensus on the adoption.

DPPI SEE Strategy& Action Plan 2012 - 1014 (Draft)

  • The document is to be subject to further discussion.

DPPI SEE Secretariat Staff employment contracts, expiry date 15th April 2013 - discussion on necessary related steps

  • The exact date of the vacancies announcement and manner in which these are to be advertised shall be agreed by the DPPI SEE CiO 2012 and DPPI SEE CiO 2013 in the weeks to come.

Regional Meeting - DAY II
Election of the DPPI SEE Chair-in-Office 2013

  • The next DPPI SEE Regional meeting spring session 2013 shall be scheduled for the 1st half of March 2013 under the chairmanship of Moldova. The exact date and venue are yet TBC.

■      Exchange of information on recent emergences in SEE - DPPI SEE Parties’ presentations

        Albania - FIRES 2012
        Bulgaria - Emergencies 2012
        Slovenia - recent emergencies

■      Van earthquake - Turkey’s experiences and lessons learned

*This Designation is Without Prejudice to Positions on Status, and is in Line With UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence