On-line CMDR COE Conference 2020Date: (15-05-2020)
Adapting to the requirements of а global pandemic, the CMDR COE leveraged on modern technology to transfer its annual Conference on Interagency Interaction in Crisis Management and Disaster Response to an online environment enabling a constructive social interaction on “The implications of COVID-19 pandemic on security”. This was the first time the CMDR COE organised and conducted a live online event, moreover - a Conference, which necessitated quick routine rearrangements and flexibility.
As with its resident annual iterations, the aim of the online Conference was to provide a wide platform for information and knowledge exchange within the CMDR COE’s community of interest.
The Conference, jointly organised with the NATO MILMED COE, took place on 14 May 2020 and examined COVID-19 from multiple (military and civilian) perspectives (medical, economic, political, and social, including gender) and disciplines to ensure that a comprehensive and inclusive knowledge of impacts is generated and shared among participants. The larger goal of the Conference was to contribute to a scientific data-and knowledge-based approach to the pandemic, which to inform and strengthen future planning and decision-making for collective recovery efforts.
Some of the topics addressed by participants from BGR, HUN, USA, POL, GRE, JOR, ITA, NED include national examples (Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Jordan and Poland) on virus containment measures; COVID-19 facts & myths, impacts on future missions and on security assistance; NATO HQ COVID-19 analysis and EADRCCs role; implications and opportunities in Emergency Preparedness Cooperation; economic impacts; psychological impacts; COVID-19 from a gender perspective, and education and training solutions during a pandemic.
The Conference, live-streamed on YouTube and Facebook, was followed by more than 1000 people from NATO allied and partner Nations with an average watch time of 1 h and 15 minutes.
The complete package of presentations will soon be published on the CMDR COE official webpage.
Video recordings is available on the CMDR COE YouTube channel at:" target="_blank">
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
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
Recognizing the increasing role of physical and human induced disasters in contemporary and future security environment, the CMDR COE will conduct Disaster Management Course at the Center’s premises in Sofia, Bulgaria from 28 May to 01 June 2018.
The course aim is acquisition of basic knowledge related to disasters as phenomenon, the disaster management process and its close relation to the risk management process, as well as the main players and mechanisms in disaster response.» read more
The Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence is pleased to announce that the 6th Annual Interagency Interaction in Crisis Management and Disaster Response Conference take place on 5 - 6 JUN 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria and will be broadcast ON-LINE through WebEX. All you need is just to download the application on your mobile device or computer and to write the meeting number 952 555 590
For the first time this year the Conference features three workshops: The George C. Marshall Bulgaria Association and European Centre for Security Studies, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, sponsored Security Capability Development workshop, Modelling and Simulation in Support of CIMIC and CMDR and the CMDR COE-led MSG-147 - "M&S Support for Crisis and Disaster Management Processes and Climate Change Implications".» read more
From 08 to 10 May 2018 a Disaster Relief Operations Course was held at South-Eastern Europe Brigade (SEEBRIG) HQ, Larissa, Greece. The aim of the event was acquisition of basic knowledge related to disasters as phenomenon, as well as the main players and mechanisms in disaster relief in order to facilitate the use of SEEBRIG ETF tool in such operations.» read more
A CMDR COE Mobile Education and Training Team is currently conducting a Disaster Relief Operations Course in SEEBRIG HQ in Larissa, Greece. The event is based on a Request for Support from SEEBRIG regarding improvement of the common understanding of contemporary disaster environment, and to better use of SEEBRIG Engineer Task Force in Disaster Relief Operation.» read more
Within the framework of Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and under the auspices of the European Security and Defence College (ESDC), the Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence (CMDR COE) supported by German Federal Foreign Office, Adelphi, Diplomatic Institute to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria and G.S. Rakovski Defence College organized and conducted Climate Change and Security pilot-course, the first training activity on this topic in the ESDC academic list.» read more
The CMDR COE marked the third year of its official accreditation as an international military organization with a formal reception, which took place at Lozenets Residence.
The event hosted Ambassadors and foreign military attaches; commanders of the armed forces; representatives from various ministries, and from the academia.» read more
From 19 to 23 March 2018 the CMDR COE successfully conducted this year’s iteration of Crisis Management and Disaster Response Course.
The attendees were acquainted to NATO Crisis Management, NATO Crisis Response System, and its complementary elements - NATO Crisis Response Process, Civil Emergency Planning, and Operations Planning.» read more
On 20 Mar 2018 the CMDR COE welcomed its new Transformation Branch Head, Col. Dariusz DOBROŃ, POL A. Col. Dobroń succeeds his fellow countryman – Col. Jaroslaw KUBISZ, who completed his term in July 2017.
Col. Dobroń graduated from the Aviation High School as a pilot in 1984. He became an officer in 1988 upon graduating from the Polish Air Defence Military Academy, Missile Engineering Faculty.» read more
On 21 February 2018, the CMDR COE was honoured to welcome the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats Director Dr. Matti Saarelainen. Dr. Saarelainen met with CMDR COE Director and Chiefs of Branches as part of his official visit to the Republic of Bulgaria.
The CMDR COE Director Colonel Vassil Roussinov presented the Centre, focusing on its current organisation, projects, developed training and education capabilities and strategic perspectives.» read more
The Lessons Identified Conference for the consequence management field exercise “BOSNA I HERCEGOVINA 2017” was officially launched today by Mr. Claudiu Zoicas, team leader at the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) Civil Preparedness Section, by Mr. Samir Huseinbasic,exercise director on behalf of the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and by Col Vasileios Palaiologos, CMDR COE Deputy Director.» read more
From 24 to 26 January 2018 a NATO Crisis Response System Course for national administration experts was successfully conducted. The course was provided in response to a request for support from the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence.
The course aim was acquisition of basic knowledge to NATO Crisis Response System Elements and their effective application at national level.» read more