CMDR COE turns 5Date: (31-03-2020)
Dear CMDR Community,
Since its accreditation as the 21st NATO`s Centre of Excellence in 2015, the CMDR COE has been incessantly improving its capacity to serve as a hub of crisis management and disaster response expertise within a cooperative Community of Interest in support of NATO’s adaptive transformation. Our 2019 Quality Assurance certified by NATO SACT has brought us pride in our progress yet made us ever more cognisant of the responsibility for setting and upholding ever higher standards of performance and achievements.
The CMDR COE’s area of responsibility, clearly seen through the lens of the complexity of the present security environment, and the absolute necessity of as comprehensive as possible an approach to tackling challenges, is of critical importance for the Alliance, also forming part of its strategic core tasks. The CMDR COE has solidified its position as a constructive partner and as a valuable tool for enhancing civilian and military CMDR capabilities within NATO, Allies’, and Partners’ crisis management systems.
During these 5 years, the Centre has generated a wealth of information, has identified lessons-learned, and recorded and shared good practices in an ever increasing effort of improving interoperability and strengthening collaborative partnerships among key CMDR stakeholders. Likewise, the CMDR COE has participated in, hosted, organised, and co-organised an array of events among which its resident courses; workshops; seminars, and conferences. The CMDR COE staff members are continuously building their personal expertise so as to be in a position to confidently share it within our Community of Interest.
Inter alia, the CMDR COE’s Education & Training initiatives on resilience; on gender mainstreaming; on climate change; the research products on mass migration, gender equality, and climate change are indicative of the CMDR COE’s understanding of the importance of cross-cutting matters within a framework of a comprehensive approach to peace and security. The Centre also successfully capitalises on modern technology having a fully operational modelling and simulation (M&S) laboratory.
Through its Annual Conference on Interagency Interaction, the CMDR COE nurtures collaborative partnerships premised on good practices and constructive exchange.
We are continuously improving our resident course and developing new training solutions, including recently launching our Advanced Distributed Learning platform with courses already open for registration. Our mobile training teams have been involved in a number of exercises and trainings in different countries. We are serving as a Discipline leader in CSDP training for discipline Military Contribution to EU Disaster Response, Humanitarian Assistance and Civil Preparedness.
Over the years, the Centre has established close cooperation within NATO and the EU, noteworthy with the Supreme Allied Command Transformation, SHAPE, the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC), the Allied Joint Force Command - Naples, the European Commission′s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO), and with other relevant stakeholders such as the US European Command, the George Marshall Centre, US Federal Emergency Management Agency.
With the unwavering support of our Framework and Sponsoring Nations, we stand ready to meet challenges and seize opportunities which to take us ahead on our mission to contribute to shaping better, more inclusive and integrated CMDR.
I would like to thank all CMDR COE staff members - former and present, for their enthusiasm, determination and zeal in pursuing the vision of our Centre, and to wish them continuous success in all our future endeavours.
Col. Orlin Nikolov
CMDR COE Director
Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa, H.E. Mr Thabo Thage paid a visit to the Centre» read more
CMDR COE conducted its resident Crisis Response Operations Planners Professional Development (CROPPD) Course.» read more
CMDR COE Mobile Education and Training Team (METT) successfully conducted a Planning and Conducting Disaster Relief Operations Course at South-Eastern Europe Brigade (SEEBRIG) HQ» read more
Our team participated in the Sofia Ekiden Relay Marathon» read more
The Final Technical Conference (FTC) of the exercise was hosted by CMDR COE» read more
CMDR COE METT in David Aghmashenebeli National Defence Academy, Georgia» read more
CMDR COE welcomed a visitor team from the Tennessee National Guard (TN NG)» read more
NATO HQ met represantatives of the 25 NATO-accredited Centres of Excelence (COEs), 15-16 July 2019 in Brussels» read more
Collaboration Framework Agreement was signed with the Capacity Building International Institute (Delaware, USA)» read more
The Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence has concluded the 7th Annual Conference on Interagency Interaction in Crisis Management and Disaster Response on June 6, 2019 in Sofia, Bulgaria.» read more
The 2019 resident Disaster Management course was successfully conducted on the newly renovated CMDR COE premises on 13-17 May 2019, and parallel to the NATO Quality Assurance Process for the Centre.» read more
HQ SACT Quality Assurance Team of Experts with a 2-day visit in Sofia as a part of the Quality Assurance accreditation process of the CMDR COE» read more
Mr. Damir Krstičević, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense of Croatia visited the CMDR COE on May 3, 2019.» read more
“One Day Round Table Discussion”, over the development of the new editions of the NATO Strategic Foresight Analysis (SFA) and Framework for Future Alliance Operations (FFAO) Reports» read more
A productive and informative discussion on most pressing climate change challenges to security.» read more
CMDR COE reception in the newly opened premises of the Centre» read more
MNCG conducted its biggest exercise since its establishment - DORR`19 (18-22 March 2019)
Notable CMDR course this year - first time attended by participants from Afghanistan, Egypt, Pakistan, Tunisia and UAE» read more
The purpose is to promote ideas in a way that will advance the common understanding as well as gain points of view that might not have been otherwise considered.» read more
The first NATO GFP course - the CMDR COE and the Nordic Centre for Gender in MIlitary Operations (NCGM) join forces for mainstreaming gender in a military context.» read more
By conducting NATO Crisis Response System Course from 29 to 31 January 2019, Sofia, CMDR COE marked its first educational event for the year of 2019.» read more
A post-exercise Lessons Identified Conference in regard of command-post and field exercise "SRBIJA 2018".» read more
Colonel Roussinov relinquished the position of the CMDR COE Director to Colonel Nikolov who assumed the command. The ceremony was attended by high representatives from the Sponsoring Nations: the Republic of Bulgaria, Hellenic Republic and Republic of Poland as well as distinguished guests from governmental entities and academia.» read more
State Secretary of Serbian MoD, Aleksandar Zivkovic opened a four-day training for psychologists from the Ministry of Defense and the Army of Serbia called "Training for the management of stress and resilience" and emphasized that the Ministry of Defense appreciates the work of psychological services in all segments.» read more
The CMDR COE conducted its resident, NATO SELECTED, Strategic Decision-Making for Crisis Response Operations (SDMCRO) Course on 26-30 NOV 2018 at Hotel Shipka, Sofia. This year the course methodology was premised on adult learning - a method enabling the active involvement of trainees in the process of learning by encouraging critical thinking, communication, and problem solving based on individual approach and creativity.» read more
On Thursday, November 8, Polish Senior National Representative, COL Dariusz Dobron held National Independence Day ceremony which was dedicated to commemorate the anniversary of the restoration of Poland’s sovereignty. Ceremony started with historical outline of the recovery of Polish Independence, followed by reception. The ceremony was honored by the presence of Polish Chargé d′affaires Mr Andrzej Mojkowski, Minister Consul Mr Andrzej Janik, Defense Attaché COL Marek Warmiński and COM NFIU BG COL Stayko Prokopiev.» read more
On 24-25 October 2018, the Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence (CMDR COE) hosted an important event – the 6th Steering Committee Meeting.
During the meeting on 24 October, the SC members approved the proposed Program of Work 2019 of the Centre as well as the proposed CMDR COE budget estimates for FY-2019.» read more
Every year in November the world celebrates the International GIS Day to recognize the power of Geographic information systems for enabling a safer, smarter and more sustainable world. The GIS Day provides an international forum for the users to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society.
The prestigious event in Bulgaria this year will take place on November 14th, 2018, 9:00 am in Sofia Hotel Balkan. It is organized for 20th consecutive year by ESRI Bulgaria in partnership with more than 30 leading governmental, academic, IT, non-governmental organizations and media.» read more
The CMDR COE was pleased to hold a productive joint meeting with a delegation from the Romanian Parliamentary Committee for Defence, Public Order and National Security, headed by the Chairperson - Mr. Dorel-Gheorghe CĂPRAR, and with the Chairperson of the Bulgarian Parliamentary Defence Committee - Mr. Konstantin POPOV, with the participation of the Deputy Minister Of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria - Mr. Atanas ZAPRYANOV.» read more