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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75th meeting of the Committee of Permanent Correspondents

16 June 2021 Videoconference

The Committee of Permanent Correspondents of the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement held its 75th meeting on the 16 June 2021 by videoconference. The main aim of the meeting was to discuss and review the documents which will be presented for adoption at the 14th Ministerial Session of the Agreement...

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BeSafeNet Editorial Board Meeting

11 May 2021 Strasbourg

The BeSafeNet Editorial Board met via videoconference on 11 May to review the 2021Olympiad. The Board also discussed ways to improve the Olympiad experience and update the existing content on the BeSafeNet website. The new topics for the 2022 Olympiad will be confirmed in September. One of the...

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EUR-OPA Bureau meeting

12 April 2021 Videoconference

The Bureau of the Committee of Permanent Correspondents met virtually on the 12 April for its first meeting of year to prepare the EUR-OPA Ministerial Conference which will take place in November 2021. The Bureau members also discussed the adoption of the Medium-Term Plan 2021-2025 and the two...

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BeSafeNet Olympiad Results are in!

8 March 2021 Online

Team Terra Blue from Gheorghe Lazar National College, Romania have emerged as winners of the 2021 BeSafeNet Olympiad. Team Labin from High School Mate Blazine, Croatia and team Detectives of Hazards from Romania came second and third. 138 teams from 12 countries (Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia,...

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Forum Talk “It’s not just about the weather: the impact of climate change on natural disasters”

18 February 2021 Online

On 18 February 2021, the Secretariat of the World Forum for Democracy, in collaboration with the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement, organised a Forum Talk on the topic “It’s not just about the weather: the impact of climate change on natural disasters” which gathered representatives of Specialised...

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BeSafeNet 2021 Olympiad

19 February 2021 Online

On 19 February 2021 at 09.00 GMT, secondary schools in the member states of the European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA) were invited to register and take part in the third Olympiad which is an international online competition on “Better knowledge against disasters”. The...

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