22.04.2015 to 23.04.2015

The 30th DPPI SEE regional meeting was held in Belgrade and was hosted by the Sector for Emergency Management of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia in its capacity of the DPPI SEE Chair-in-Office 2015.

The aim of this year’s spring session was to further facilitate and provide guidance for effective fulfilment of the DPPI SEE goals and objectives as set out in the DPPI SEE Memorandum of Understanding (2013) through inclusive discussion on the DPPI SEE current and future planned activities, including through review of the activities implemented in the framework of the Initiative in the period between the regional meeting autumn session 2014 and spring session 2015.

As per established practice, the morning od the day 1 was reserved for the Regional Meeting closed session and more detailed discussions on the current status of the DPPI SEE JERU project implementation, including about activities related to the DPPI SEE Secretariat status regulation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the afternoon of same day, the DPPI SEE regional table traditionally transformed into a forum where the DPPI SEE member states and partnering organisations presented on their respective on-going and future engagements relevant to and focusing on cross-border cooperation in the South Eastern Europe.

The Advisory Board thus included the following: 1) Administration for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief of Slovenia (ACPDR) - "€œIPA Programmes on Civil Protection Cooperation with the candidate countries and potential candidates - IPA CP Phase II€"; 2) Italian Civil Protection Department - "€œProgramme for Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Floods in the Western Balkans and Turkey - IPA FLOODS"€; 3) United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Country Office Serbia - "€œResilient Recovery and Local Resilience"€; 4) Organisation for Security Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Mission to Serbia - "€œOSCE Mission to Serbia support for strengthening emergency management mechanisms"€; 5) XLAB d.o.o. (Slovenian private company) -"Exact caller Location for Emergency Call Centres". In addition, the Disaster Management and Emergency Situations Presidency of Turkey (AFAD) presented "Turkish National Disaster Response Plan within the scope of Integrated Disaster Management System"€, the UNISDR Europe Region Office reflected on the "€œOutcomes of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, Sendai, Japan, 14 - 18 March 2015"€, while the Serbian-Russian Humanitarian Centre informed about the Centre'€™s "€œactivity in the sphere of emergency humanitarian response, prevention and elimination of natural and man-made disasters"€.

DPPI SEE regional meeting 2015 autumn session will be hosted by the DPPI SEE Secretariat. The session has been tentatively scheduled for mid November, Sarajevo.