Azerbaijani MES representatives attend EU meeting in Kiev

Baku: On March 23-24, the Ukrainian capital Kiev hosted the first meeting of the National Programme Coordinators and Steering Committee of the EU East Programme “Prevention, Preparedness and Response to natural and man-made disasters in Eastern Partnership countries (PPRD East II)”.

The meeting, which was also joined by representatives of Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Emergency Situations (MES), was attended by authorities of the member countries of the East Programme responsible for civil protection and emergency management, representatives of the European Commission, EU countries and international organizations.

EU East Programme project director Jean-Francois Moret and Hans Das, head of the Civil Protection Policy, Prevention, Preparedness and Disaster Risk Reduction Unit of the European Commission, said in their speech that the Civil Protection Mechanism is a cooperation framework among EU countries and partnership countries in prevention of natural and man-made disasters, preparedness and responsive measures, noting that that the new law on civil protection which came into force in 2014 would open up extra opportunities for the enhancement of cooperation.

Addressing the meeting, the representatives of the partner countries stressed the need to exchange experience and expertise with the EU in the fields of emergency alert systems, electronic risk maps and prevention of industrial accidents, as well as to cooperate within the framework of the EU Joint Research Centre and CBRN Centres of Excellence Initiative (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear).

SOURCE: Azeri Press News Agency