Joint Meeting of the Committee of Permanent Correspondents and the Directors of Specialised Centres

17-18 November Paris

The EUR-OPA Committee of Permanent Correspondents and the Directors of Specialised Centres held their joint meeting in Paris on 17 and 18 November. The main aim of the meeting was to discuss the priorities of work for 2023, taking into account the Medium-Term Plan 2021-2025 and the budget for...

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Action-oriented Dialogue

21 October 2022 Athens

The Executive Secretary of the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement participated in the Action-oriented Dialogue on “Inclusive and collaborative systems for heat and wildfire risks governance”, held in Athens on 21 October 2022. The conference was hosted by the Hellenic Republic, in collaboration with...

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BeSafeNet Olympiad Award Ceremony

27 September 2022 Strasbourg

The Award Ceremony was held at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on 27 September to celebrate the winning performances of the laureates of the 2022 BeSafeNet Olympiad. The three teams from Secondary schools in the EUR-OPA members states: team Minelescu GEOsmart, Romania (1st), team Iliosporoi,...

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EUR-OPA Bureau Meeting

5 September 2022 Online meeting

The Bureau of the Committee of Permanent Correspondents met virtually on 5 September for its third meeting of the year to prepare the forthcoming Joint Meeting of the Committee of Permanent Correspondents and the Directors of Specialised Centres, to be held on 17 - 18 November 2022. The Bureau...

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EUR-OPA Bureau Meeting

20 June 2022 Online meeting

The Bureau of the Committee of Permanent Correspondents met virtually for the second time this year in order to discuss the recent developments affecting the Agreement and to hold preliminary discussions of the items on the agenda of the next joint meeting of the Permanent Correspondents and...

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7th Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

23-28 May 2022 Bali, Indonesia

In the framework of the 7th Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction held in Bali, Indonesia on 23-28 May 2022, the Executive Secretary participated on 23 and 24 May in the Stakeholder Engagement Forum. He addressed the forum during the special session for the Stakeholder Group...

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Cessation of Russian Federation's Membership

23 March 2022 Strasbourg

Following the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, the Committee of Ministers adopted a Resolution CM/Res(2022)2 on the cessation of the membership of the Russian Federation to the Council of Europe, as from 16 March 2022 (link). Furthermore, on 23 March 2022, the Committee of...

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BeSafeNet 2022 Olympiad Results!

18 March 2022 Europe

Team Minulescu GEOsmart from National College “Ion Minulescu”, Romania has won the BeSafeNet 2022 Olympiad. Team Iliosporoi from Geitonas School, Greece and team Zamolxis from Colegiul Economic Delta Dunarii, Romania came second and third. A total of 212 teams from 122 secondary schools in 11...

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Presentation of the Meeting report on the 14th Ministerial Meeting of EUR-OPA to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

11 March 2022 Strasbourg

The Executive Secretary of the European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA) presented today during the meeting of the Committee of Ministers’ Rapporteur Group on Education, Culture, Sport, Youth and Environment (GR-C) a meeting report on the 14th Ministerial Meeting: Building More...

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EUR-OPA Bureau Meeting

8 March 2022 Online conference

The Bureau of the Committee of Permanent Correspondents met virtually on 8 March to discuss the consequences for the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement of Resolution CM/Res(2022)1 on legal and financial consequences of the suspension of the Russian Federation from its rights of representation in the...

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Joint meeting of the Committee of Permanent Correspondents and the Directors of Specialised Centres

10-11 February 2022 Strasbourg

The EUR-OPA Joint Meeting of the Committee of Permanent Correspondents and the Directors of the Network of Specialised Centres met virtually on 10-11 February. At the meeting, Permanent Correspondents and Directors of Centres discussed the priority activities to implement the Medium-Term Plan...

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BeSafeNet 2022 Olympiad

10 February 2022 Online

Secondary schools from the member States of the European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA) will take part in the fourth international "Olympiad" which is an online competition on “Better knowledge against disasters” scheduled for 18 February 2022 at 09.00 GMT. More than 200...

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EUR-OPA Bureau Meeting

11 January 2022 Strasbourg

The Bureau of the Committee of Permanent Correspondents met virtually on 11 January for its first meeting of the year to prepare the forthcoming Joint Meeting of the Committee of Permanent Correspondents and the Directors of Specialised Centres, to be held on 10 and 11 February 2022. The Bureau...

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New publication of the European Centre for Forest Fires

15 December 2021

“Nowadays, the Covid-19 pandemic crisis has intensified the challenges and difficulties for effective disaster risk management. It appears that complex emergencies will be the case for the future and therefore a multi-hazard risk approach might be necessary for copying with the relevant impacts”....

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EUR-OPA Major Hazards Ministerial Meeting in Matosinhos: Building More Inclusive Societies through Better Disaster Risk Management

24 November 2021 Matosinhos, Portugal

Portugal hosted, in a virtual format, the 14th Ministerial Meeting of the Council of Europe’s European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA) on 24 November 2021 from Matosinhos. The meeting gathered ministers from the 24 Member States of the Agreement as well as representatives of...

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Launch of the new publication: Disabled persons in viral pandemics: the example of Covid-19

27 October 2021 Strasbourg, France

The Council of Europe’s EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement released a new publication entitled Disabled persons in viral pandemics: the example of Covid-19 which has been edited thanks to the working paper drafted by Professor David Alexander. The document is aiming at identifying ways to overcome...

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Launch of the new publication: Inclusion of migrants and refugees in preparedness and response to biological disasters: case study of the COVID-19 pandemic

6 October 2021 Strasbourg, France

The Council of Europe’s EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement and the UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM) published a joint paper on the necessity of including migrants and refugees in biological disasters and pandemics. The paper, entitled Inclusion of migrants and refugees in...

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International art competition for children paintings "I saw the disaster with my eyes"

30 October 2021

The EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement Secretariat is pleased to invite you to participate to the international art competition for children «I saw the disaster with my eyes » organised by the Directorate General for Fire Safety and Civil Protection within the Ministry of Interior (DGFSCP – MoI)...

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Joint meeting of the Committee of Permanent Correspondents and the Directors of Specialised Centres

16 September 2021 Strasbourg, France

On 16th of September 2021, the EUR-OPA Committee of Permanent Correspondents and the Directors of Specialised Centres held their joint meeting by videoconference. For the last time before the 14th Ministerial Session of the Agreement, the participants reviewed and discussed the agenda and the...

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BeSafeNet 2021 Olympiad Award Ceremony

26 May 2021 Videoconference

The BeSafeNet 2021 Olympiad Award Ceremony was held via videoconference on Wednesday 26 May. The top three teams were Terra Blue, "Gheorghe Lazar" National College, Bucharest, Romania (1st), High School Mate Blažine, Labin, Croatia (2nd) and Detectives of Hazards, Liceul Regina Maria, Dorohoi,...

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