Last update: 12-Nov-2003 16:56 NATO Update

6-7 Nov. 2003

Addressing civil emergency planning issues

Opening remarks by Minuto Rizzo, NATO Deputy Secretary General
Civil emergency Planning
Exercise Dacia 2003
Exercise Ferghana 2003
The further improvement of civil preparedness for possible terrorist attacks with chemical, biological or radiological weapons against civilian populations was the main topic of the semi-annual meeting of the Senior Civil Emergency Planning Committee.

Heads of the national civil emergency planning organisations of NATO and Partner countries met at NATO HQ on 6-7 November and held meetings with the 27 Partners, the seven invited countries, and with Russia in the framework of the NATO-Russia Council.

The delegates reviewed progress made in the implementation of the Civil Emergency Planning Action Plan and discussed the way ahead for several important projects. These include an inventory of national capabilities; non-binding guidelines and minimum standards for planning, training, procedures, and equipment; critical infrastructure protection; and a framework border-crossing agreement for civilian relief units. The committee furthermore reviewed lessons learned from the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre’s support to Turkey in March-April 2003 and from its recent exercises in Uzbekistan (‘Ferghana 2003’) and Romania (‘Dacia 2003’). Several other important issues, such as civil support to non-Article 5 crisis response operations and military support to civil consequence management were also discussed.