Created in 1987, the European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA) is a platform for co-operation between European and Southern Mediterranean countries in the field of major natural and technological disasters. Its field of action covers the knowledge of hazards, risk prevention, risk management, post-crisis analysis and rehabilitation.

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Our Last publication

Major Hazards and People with Disabilities

Their Involvement in Disaster Preparedness and Response

The publication provides an overview of the state of the art in emergency, preparedness and disaster risk reduction for people with disabilities. It asks whether an adequate level of resilience has been achieved by and on behalf of people with disabilities. The publication begins by defining disability and clarifying questions of ethics regarding the right of people with disabilities to an acceptable level of protection in situations of high disaster risk. The publication shows that there is much potential to improve emergency preparedness for people with disabilities, and the arguments for doing so are indisputable.

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EUR-OPA Action Plan 2011-2015

The EUR-OPA Action Plan 2011-2015 was adopted at the 12th Ministerial Session of the Agreement, held in Saint Petersburg (Russian Federation) on 28 September 2010. Its objective is to provide a political and technical instrument containing priorities and guidelines for the action of the EUR-OPA Agreement for a period of five years improving its effectiveness in a context of moderate financial resources and increased vulnerability of European and Mediterranean societies.

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Calendar 2015

  • Be Safe Net Working group meeting
    • 30-31 March 2015, Paphos, Cyprus
  • 3rd United Nations World conference on disaster risk reduction (WCDRR)
    • 14-18 March 2015, Sendai, Japan
  • Conference on Independent Living and Political Participation: Innovative Policies and Practices for Persons with Disabilities
    • 26-27 February 2015, Vienna, Austria
  • EFDRR Friends of the Chair meeting
    • 11 February 2015, Brussels, Belgium
  • Workshop on Needs of persons with disabilities throught the disaster management cycle
    • 12-13 January, Riga, Latvia


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