Hungary joins the CMDR COEDate: (05-07-2022)
On 5 July 2022, a flag-raising ceremony marked the accession of Hungary to the Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence. Hungary officially joined the organization on July 1, after signing a Note of Joining to participate in the Memorandum of Understanding of the establishment, administration and operation of the Centre.
The formal ceremony in front of CMDR COE’s headquarters was attended by the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria, Mr Dragomir Zakov and Lieutenant General Dimitar Iliev, Deputy Chief of Defence. In the presence of Mr. Erik Csernovitz, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the Embassy of Hungary and LtC Ede Nagygyörgy, Military and Air Attaché of Hungary, Colonel Attila Ferenc Varga and Major Joszef Papp hoisted the Hungarian flag in front of CMDR COE premises. Hungary became the fourth Sponsoring Nation of the Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence.
In his welcoming speech, the Director of the Centre, Colonel Nikolov appreciated the accession of Hungary as a symbol of Allied cooperation and collective efforts in times of war on the Eastern flange of the Alliance and in favour of NATO transformation.
The CMDR COE is a multi-national NATO military body sponsored by the Hellenic Republic, the Republic of Poland, Hungary, Romania and the Republic of Bulgaria (Framework Nation). The Centre, located in Sofia, Bulgaria, currently has a 40-strong team of both civilian and military experts who continuously tackle a wide range of CMDR-related issues with the ultimate goal of supporting NATO’s standardisation and transformation. Strong partnerships and effective collaboration are critical for the successful achievement of the afore-mentioned goal. Hence, the Centre has forged excellent partnerships and systematically enhances its cooperation with key NATO and EU bodies, institutions, and agencies. As a hub of expertise in CMDR, the Centre provides a wealth of information and expertise.
Considering the nowadays challenges and intricate security environment globally, the CMDR COE places emphasis on innovative critical thinking on Crisis and Disaster management; Environmental risks; Climate change; Building resilience through Preparedness; Building Integrity; Modelling & Simulation and AI Technical architecture for Decision Makers and Gender Focal Points. Additionally, the Sofia-based COE serves as platform for key NATO events, as well as for numerous CMDR-related conferences, workshops, and trainings.
The Centre is determined to firmly establish and further sustain its position as an internationally recognised and highly respected body which provides value-added Education and Training products, research and analysis, strategic policy recommendations, and advice by means of concept experimentation and doctrine development.
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CMDR COE has earned Unconditional Accreditation and NATO Quality Assurance Certificate» read more
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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
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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
MNCG conducted its biggest exercise since its establishment - DORR`19 (18-22 March 2019)
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
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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
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
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.
The successful event has been organized by the NATO Modelling and Simulation Centre of Excellence (NATO M&S COE) in cooperation with the NATO Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence (CMDR COE).» read more
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
CMDR COE conducted the 6th Annual Interagency Interaction in Crisis Management and Disaster Response Conference on June 5-6, 2018.
The CMDR Interagency Interaction Conference is an annual event, which was held on June 5-6 in the Central Military Club, in Sofia, Bulgaria. The Conference brought together subject matter experts and various actors working in the crisis management and disaster response domain. The CMDR COE Annual Conference serves as a platform for information and knowledge exchange and facilitates coordination of actions among key stakeholders, both military and civilian, in the CMDR domain. Each year the event addresses specific issues from the latter domain and gathers experts from across NATO Allied and Partner countries.» read more
From 28 May to 01 June 2018, CMDR COE successfully conducted the Disaster Management Course. Тhe course provided basic knowledge in regard with disaster management fundamentals, disaster management process and its close relation to risk management process. Additionally the main international actors in disaster response were introduced and discussed.
The attendees were introduced to numerous topics related to disaster theoretical foundations, disaster environment, risk management, resilience, humanitarian assistance and the role of key international actors in disaster response through lectures, practical teamwork and subsequent student presentations.» read more
The Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence was honoured to welcome Brigadier General Robert A. Huston, Commander, NATO Headquarters Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH) on May 14, 2018.
The official visit of BG Huston 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