Eighth CMDR COE Steering Committee MeetingDate: (07-10-2020)
Under the provisions of the CMDR COE’s Operational Memorandum of Understanding, the Sponsoring Nations establish the Steering Committee (SC) under the permanent chairmanship of Framework Nation. No decisions there can be taken under silence procedure. Yearly the SC provides direction, guidance and advice to the CMDR COE Director for the effective execution of Centre’s mission and activities.
The Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence (CMDR COE) organised and hosted the 8th Steering Committee meeting, which took place on 6-7 October 2020 at CMDR COE premises, in order to facilitate a prolific debate around the subject.
The annual Steering Committee sessions are the venue where the Framework Nation and Sponsoring Nations set out all required prerequisites to be provided by the CMDR COE every year. The strategic governing body is responsible for the approval and management of the Centre’s Programme of Work (POW) and the shared budget. Considering the POW, the Steering Committee members allocate the priorities of the activities and subsequently task the CMDR COE Director with managing the programme execution.
The Chairman of the Steering Committee, Lieutenant General Dimitar Iliev, Deputy Chief of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria, highlighted in his opening remarks the importance and broad positive effects this joint endeavour brings.
Romania declared the opening of joining process to the CMDR COE in order to receive the status of “Sponsoring nation”. Romania officially declared its commitment to deploy personnel from the Ministry of Internal Affairs no later than 1 July 2021.
As members of the Steering Committee, Colonel Plamen Kostadinov from the Framework nation and the representatives from the Sponsoring nations, Colonel Ioannis Chondroudakis (Hellenic Republic) and Colonel Ireneusz Zygmunt (Republic of Poland) actively discussed the topics, expressing their appreciation for the achieved improvement and hard work of CMDR COE staff despite the COVID-19 situation. As observers, including online, part took representatives from Allied Command Transformation, Hungary, Romania and The Republic of North Macedonia, who congratulated the CMDR COE for the ambitious and successful performance in 2020.
At the meeting were discussed the activities hold in 2020, current and future POWs and projects, as well as the CMDR COE budget, proposal for organisational amendment, strategic perspective and forthcoming events.
The 8th Steering Committee confirmed that despite the challenging pandemic situation that the Centre greatly advanced on its aim, further strengthening its position as a hub of expertise in CMDR supporting and contributing to the enhancement of NATO’s CMDR capabilities, to the improvement of the Alliance’s interoperability though education and training, research and analyses, concept and doctrine development, experimentation, and lessons-learned.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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The 13th NATO Computer Assisted Exercise Forum (NATO CAX Forum 2018) was conducted from 25 to 27 September 2018 in Sofia (BGR), The venue gathered more than 180 participants from 22 countries, 34 organizations and companies and 13 governmental bodies.
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The Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence (CMDR COE) is hosting, as well as taking part in the Second Collaborative Resilience Concept Workshop (CoRe WS2) from 10 to 12 September 2018 at Shipka Hotel, Sofia, Bulgaria.
The CoRe Concept development is sponsored by NATO Bi-Strategic Command and is run by the Allied Command Transformation. The CMDR COE is honored to be the host of the CoRe WS2 and to play an active role in the conduct of the event.» read more
The Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence was honoured to welcome Brigadier General Tudorica PETRACHE, Commander of South-Eastern Europe Brigade (SEEBRIG) on 28 June 2018.
The official visit of BG Petrache to CMDR COE was conducted as a productive meeting between the distinguished guest and the CMDR COE Command Group, represented by CMDR COE Director Colonel Vassil Roussinov, Deputy Director Colonel Vasileios Palaiologos and Transformation Branch Chief Colonel Dariusz Dobron.» read more
The Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence (CMDR COE) and the Joint Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence Centre of Excellence (JCBRN Defence COE) signed a Framework Collaboration Agreement on June 5, 2018.
The Agreement is signed in order to promote, facilitate and consolidate the cooperation in education, training, research and development, based on the principles of reciprocity and mutual benefit. The areas of cooperation between CMDR COE and JCBRN Defence COE will include but not be limited to joint research and development projects, educational and qualification programmes, joint training activities...» read more