ESDC course Disaster Relief in CSDP Context [pilot-course]

Other Provider(s)
Rakovski National Defence College (Bulgaria), CMDR COE - Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence (Bulgaria), Diplomatic Institute (Bulgaria)
Start - End Date
28/11/2017 - 01/12/2017
Start - End Time
08:00 - 14:00
Application Deadline
Sofia Bulgaria
Overall Aim
The course aims to enhance the understanding of the management culture in disaster relief in the context of CSDP in relation to climate-driven, man-made and natural disasters. It will address future challenges and assess the EU strategic documents in this field. The training aims to foster the network of future civilian and military experts in disaster relief. The civ-mil approach of the course aims to enhance the liaison in the post-crisis areas between the civilian and military actors in disaster response, humanitarian assistance and civil protection
The course organised in Sofia (Bulgaria) from 28 November to 1 December 2017 will provide basic knowledge about the impact of man-made, natural and climate driven disasters on the European Security (and in particular on conduct of CFSP/CSDP). Participants will learn about the EU institutional structures, mechanisms and instruments employed in disaster relief, rescue and humanitarian activities (with emphasis on synchronization of diverse civilian and military CFSP/CSDP assets in disaster response). Field practitioners will share their experience in disaster relief operations, from diplomatic and military perspectives. The comprehensive/integrated approach to crisis management (with emphasis to civ-mil coordination in disaster relief) will be given due consideration. In the same time, the EU partnerships and cooperation in terms of policies and practices with stakeholders in the field (UN, NATO, leading humanitarian NGO) will be addressed. The practical dimension of the course will be accomplished through a syndicate session and a simulation exercise (covering planning templates and learn techniques on how to deal with disasters). Throughout the course, participants will have the opportunity to benefit from the know-how of European institutions and Members States experts and to network and share views with professionals in disaster relief, building on the European security culture.
Learning Outcome
Knowledge: Explain the impact of climate-driven, man-made and natural disasters on European security; Describe the EU organizational structures, mechanisms and instruments for international cooperation in disaster response, including Civil Protection Mechanism (CPM) of the European Commission, the Emergency and Crisis Coordination Arrangements (CCA) of the Council of the EU or the European External Action Service (EEAS) structures; State the main strategies, policies and actors in the field of EU Crisis Management ; Explain the key principles guiding EU approach to crisis response and integrate them in his/her respective area of competence; Explain the relevance of co-operation and networking with the various actors in the field; Explain the “Solidarity clause”; Explain the operational emergency relief interface of the European Emergency Response Centre with the CSDP coordination tools in order to match humanitarian needs on the ground with the provision of Member States crisis management assets Describe the cooperation between CSDP missions and operations and the humanitarian assistance, .how military capabilities supplement civil protection and humanitarian assistance by filling certain critical capability gaps (logistics, transport, communication, medical, security, etc.) Skills: Propose possible responses to crisis situations and planning of complex interventions in disaster stricken environments by defining the right mix of policies, instruments and tools to achieve EU’s objectives for disaster relief; Pursue more effectively comprehensive action through cooperative problem-solving and teamwork Create an accurate picture of the institutional set-up of the EU and the relevant operating procedures during disaster relief Competences: Analyse and formulate independent and well-informed opinions on EU disaster relief. Demonstrate the concept of EU action plan during disaster relief
The course is open to participants from third countries. However, priority will be given to experts from EU Member States, relevant EU institutions and agencies and from the EU Delegations that can be deployed in Fact Finding Missions in disaster stricken areas as teams of EEAS/EUMS or DG ECHO.
Regional Focus
Type of Course
Advanced/Specialised Training
Training Audience
Civilians, Military, Police
Additional Specifications
Personnel with civilian (diplomatic/consular, police, judicial, intelligence of humanitarian NGOs) and military backgrounds, with expertise and operational experience in civil protection, disaster relief and/or humanitarian assistance.
Generic CSDP, Mission Administration and Support, Other
Other Topic
Disaster relief;
Audience Levels
Operational, Strategic, Tactical
Additional Specifications on Audience Level
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Course Certification
ESDC Certificate
Type of Contact
Admininstrative Matters , Training Content
Bulgarian Diplomatic Institute
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Telephone Number
+359 2 948 6440
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Registration , Training Content
EEAS/ESDC C-115 02/10
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