EADRCC Srbija 2018 – Memorandum of Understanding

Aug 7, 2018

On the occasion of the Final Planning Conference of the EADRCC Exercise "Srbija 2018” the Assistant Minister and Head of Emergency Situations Department of the Ministry of Interior Predrag Maric and Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre representative Claudiu Zoicas signed a Memorandum of Understanding on carrying out a joint civil emergency exercise.

"I would like to emphasize that the upcoming international disaster response exercise ‘Srbija 2018’ is a civilian field exercise that provides a chance for civilian structures of state organs that primarily deal with protection and rescue to exercise their capacities together with teams from different countries, all for the purpose of a uniform response in emergency situations", said Assistant Minister Maric.

According to him, the October exercise that will be organized by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Emergency Situations and the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre aims to improve the safety and protection of citizens, property and cultural heritage.

"Experiences from the 2014 floods showed the importance of international cooperation, when 14 countries with 22 teams and around 600 rescuers selflessly helped Serbian citizens. We are aware that the exchange of best practices and lessons learned from emergency situations, together with networking with experts in the field of protection and rescue is necessary for an efficient response, including efficient emergency management", Maric stressed.

Head of the Office of Euro-Atlantic and Global Partnership in the Political Affairs and Security Policy Division at NATO Headquarters, James Mackey, said that nations from around the world are joining together in this way to respond to emergencies. 

"This is not a military exercise, but an emergency management exercise that will enable civilian and military forces from NATO and partner countries, which are part of the first emergency response, to work together, all for the sake of saving lives", he said.

The international field disaster response exercise "Srbija 2018” will be held 8-11 October 2018, in Mladenovac and Arandjelovac, where around 1200 participants from 29 countries are expected, namely rescue and medical teams.

 

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