The Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence (CMDR COE), located in Sofia, Republic of Bulgaria, was established on the 28th of August 2013 by its Sponsoring Nations of Poland and Greece and Bulgaria as Framework Nation through the signing of the required Memoranda of Understanding (MOU): the Operational MOU between the participating Nations and the Functional MOU between the Participating Nations and NATO HQ SACT.
On 31st March 2015, following end of a silence procedure by NAC, the Centre has earned status as the 21st NATO COE and has been activated as a NATO Military Body with a granted international status under Article 14 of the Paris Protocol, as recommended by HQ SACT.
The organization will provide support to NATO transformation and to the enhancement of NATO capabilities in the Crisis Management and Disaster Response domain.
The Centre′s aim is to pool expertise in order to improve interoperability, development and enhancement of NATO standards in building capacities for crisis management and disaster response; to provide assistance for the effective use of joint experience and capabilities of NATO, Nations, Partners and international organizations in the field of crisis management and disaster response; to provide education and training of military personnel, government officials and civilians, and organizational structures in the field of crisis management and disaster response.
The CMDR COE had 23 NATO requests for support in 2014 and a further 25 for 2015. The Centre is working closely with HQ SACT, SHAPE and NATO HQ to make valuable contributions to various NATO initiatives in its field. Most notably, the CMDR COE has agreed to deliver a Study to the NATO Military Authorities that examines the impact on NATO military operations based upon the potential crises and consequences of urbanization between now and 2035. The Centre is also ready to contribute to NATO Policy, Doctrine and Concepts related to crisis management and disaster response activities.