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12 Mar 2020

Emergencies Ministry, EU launch twinning project to enhance civil protection system in Belarus

Emergencies Ministry, EU launch twinning project to enhance civil protection system in Belarus

MINSK, 12 March (BelTA) – The Emergencies Ministry and the European Union are intent on launching a twinning project to develop Belarus’ civil protection system. The project was started in the Civil Protection University of the Belarusian Emergencies Ministry on 12 March, BelTA has learned.

First Deputy Emergencies Minister Aleksandr Khudoleyev told media that the project is designed to improve the effectiveness of evaluation of emergency risks and improve the mechanism of response to emergencies. “The project will allow us to evaluate the effectiveness of the response system in the European Union, in particular, in Austria and Finland. By analyzing all the possible situations, we will be able to borrow useful practices for Belarus,” he explained.

As many as 27 specialists from Austria and 16 experts from Finland are going to work on the project. They represent government agencies, fire-fighting and emergency-response services, research and education institutions. The Belarusian side will be represented by the most experienced executive personnel of the Emergencies Ministry system.

The project’s events will be split into four target components. One of them targets the organization of civil protection in the European Union. Aleksandr Khudoleyev noted the matter is of current interest due to the coronavirus situation. Experts are going to interact in a bid to enhance the legal base in the area of civil protection. Interaction in personnel training will also be part of the project. “We will endeavor to expand the format of interaction. We will add the sharing of information about emergencies so that we could work out executive decisions that will benefit Belarus,” Aleksandr Khudoleyev added.

Head of the European Union's Delegation to Belarus Dirk Schuebel said that the project’s budget is €1.2 million. The project is designed to run for two years. It will be implemented by a consortium made of the Agency for European Integration and Economic Development (Austria) and the HAUS Finnish Institute of Public Management. Dirk Schuebel said he was confident that all sides will benefit from taking part in the project. On the whole, the project will facilitate the improvement of Belarus’ civil protection system thanks to borrowing the best practices from the European Union.

Twinning is a European Union tool meant to foster direct interaction between government agencies of the European Union member states and partner states (beneficiaries). It provides for jointly using the expert potential and for implementing measures.

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