Monday, 27. May 2013 to Tuesday, 28. May 2013

The conference was organized by the University of Applied Sciences Velika Gorica and supported by National Protection and Rescue Directorate (NPRD) of the Republic of Croatia. The event presents one of the Croatian contributions to the DPPI SEE Disaster Management Training Programme for 2013. The focus of the 6th International Scientific and Professional Conference was on "Contemporary Policies of Crisis Management" (Day I), while the discussions of the Roundtable on Day II addressed the subject of “Modern Trends in Civil Protection” and involved active participation of all DPPI SEE representatives.

The aim of the Crisis Management Days was not only to provide the opportunity for an exchange of knowledge and experiences in the area of crisis management but also to serve as an opportunity for further widening of networks among experts, academicians and other responsible actors in the field of crisis management. The conference opening ceremony included the keynote address by the President of the Republic of Croatia, Prof. Ivo JOSIPOVIC, Ph.D, and was supplemented by speeches from Mr. Jadran PERINIC, Ph.D (Director General of NPDR), Mrs. Paola ALBRITO (Head of UNISDR Europe Region Office), Mr. Ivan Toth, Ph.D (Dean of the University of Applied Sciences Velika Gorica), David FABI (Italian Civil Protection Department) and Head of Secretariat.

Some of the main subtopics of the Conference included: 1) Environmental Protection and Post-Crisis Recovery, 2) Public-Private Partnership in Response to Crisis, 3) Crisis Management and Communication Strategies, 4) Business Sector - Business Challenges and Risks, etc. (CONFERENCE PROGRAMME) 

The main goal of the Round Table was to discuss all elements of modern civil protection systems, as well as to discuss and evaluate the significance of each of these elements in order to be able to make a joint assessment of their role in functioning of the whole system and of those elements relevant for the SEE. The aim was also to contribute to defining civil protection in the region as well as to enable other stakeholders to gain better understanding of modern developments in civil protection, especially within the frame of the EU. Topics for discussion included: 1) Mechanisms for Disaster Risk Reduction, 2) Critical infrastructure protection as an instrument for action and priority sectors/objects, 3) Voluntary involvement of knowledge and capabilities of the society (science, NGO’s and volunteers) in disaster risk reduction and response capacities, 4) International cooperation for strengthening of the civil protection systems, insuring exchange of experiences and principle of solidarity and subsidiarity and 5) Way forward for SEE nations and DPPI SEE


Moderator of the roundtable was Mr. Damir Čemerin (recently deceased colleague), Deputy Civil Protection Commander, National Protection and Rescue Directorate Participants from 8 DPPI SEE Parties took active participation in the Round Table discussions with other international and national experts.