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.