Updated: 16-Aug-2006 14:54 EADRCC Seminars


24-26 May 2004

Seminar on Lessons Learned from operations and exercises conducted by the EADRCC

24/05/2003 - NATO
Improving responses to disasters
The Lesson Learned Seminar in Dubrovnik is approaching. A small group of representatives from the Croatian Ministry of Interior and the EADRCC have prepared all the details for a successful meeting of more than 100 participants from 34 nations and 7 international organisations.

Why do we conduct this seminar?

Since the establishment of the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre in June 1998, The Centre has coordinated assistance from EAPC nations in more than fifteen emergencies, such as the flood in Czech Republic in 2002 and the forest fires in Portugal in 2003. In addition, five major field exercises, such as Dacia 2003 in Romania and Bogorodsk 2002 in Russia, have been conducted with participation from a large number of EAPC nations. In order to take stock of all lessons learned during these operations and exercises, but also to look at the future, we have invited all EAPC nations to the seminar in Dubrovnik. The seminar is a cooperation between the EADRCC and the Croatian Civil Protection Department.

The seminar will start with a plenary session focusing on the broad subject of lesson learned and continue with seven parallel working groups discussing the EADRCC, the stricken and assisting nations, cooperation with international organisations, information to the public, new risks and challenges and future perspectives.

What do we expect to achieve?

We hope among others achievements to get concrete ideas for the strategic development for the EADRCC, mainly related to Chemical, Biological, Radiological or Nuclear (CBRN) incidents. The important question on how to further develop cooperation with other international organisations and how to avoid unnecessary duplication will be broadly discussed. Should we for instance improve the relationship to nations outside EAPC? Last but not least, we expect to get honest feedback on how we have conducted operations and exercises in the last six years.

The overall idea with the seminar is to improve the EADRCC ability to support the nations when disasters occur and international assistance is needed. At the same time also to assess the EAPC nations capability to provide and receive assistance.

The program for the seminar:

Co-chairmen: Croatia and NATO

Monday, 24 May 2004
08:00 - 09:00 Registration of Late Arrivals  
09:00 - 09:10 Welcome Address Croatia - NATO
09:10 - 09:40 Opening Remarks Zarko Katic, Croatia
09:50 - 10:00 Administrative Arrangements  
10:00 - 10:30 Responsibilities of Stricken, Assisting and Transit nations Croatia
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break  
11:00 - 11:30 International Cooperation Gerhard Putman-Cramer, UN-OCHA
11:30 - 12:00 Information to the Public Mr. Nick Gowing; BBC
12:00 - 12:30 New Risks and Challenges and Future Perspective Stephen C. Orosz, NATO
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch  
14:00 - 14:20 Lesson identified by IAEA Mr. Martin HugIAEA
14:20 - 15:30 Working Group Sessions  
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break  
16:00 - 17:30 Working Group Sessions  

Tuesday, 25 May 2004
09:00 - 10:30 Working Group Sessions
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:30 Working Group Sessions
12:30 - 13:45 Lunch
13:45 Cultural Programme Croatia

Wednesday, 25 May 2004
09:00 - 10:30 Working Group Sessions
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:30 Working Group Sessions
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 Reports from the Working Groups (10 min each)
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 - 16:45 Plenary discussion on the reports from the working groups
16:45 - 17:15 Closing address Stephen C. Orosz,NATO
17:15 End of Seminar

Participating nations:
Albania, Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia1, Georgia, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Moldova, The Netherlands, Norway , Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia & Montenegro, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, USA, Ukraine and Uzbekistan

International organisations:
European Union, IAEA, OPCW, Stability Pact, UN-OCHA, IFRC and NATO


  1. Turkey recognises the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.

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