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INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

   
photo: ACPDR archives


One of the tasks of the Slovenian disaster management system is international cooperation and assistance to other countries in the event of major natural and other disasters. Due to the increasing number of disasters and Slovenia’s membership in the EU and international organizations, international cooperation in this field is more and more intense. Activities take place on the basis of international law and international agreements, and in accordance with national legislation, common interests, principles of equality and friendly bilateral relations.

The purpose and main goals of international cooperation in the field of protection against natural and other disasters are:

The planning, coordination, direction and organisation of international cooperation fall within the responsibility of the International and European Affairs Service of the Administration of the RS for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief (ACPDR). The service prepares and manages bi- and multilateral international activities in the Administration's field of work, and ensures appropriate representation of the Republic of Slovenia in the European Union, United Nations, NATO and other international organizations and regional initiatives in the field of protection against natural and other disasters. The service is also involved in the provision of international rescue and relief assistance in the event of major disasters abroad, and the reception of international assistance in the event of disasters in Slovenia.


Cooperation Frameworks

In the field of protection against natural and other disasters, Slovenia primarily cooperates with the neighbouring countries and countries in the region, with which it shares common risks, and within the European Union and United Nations, as well as NATO.

When dealing with the topics related to the field of protection against natural and other disasters, the ACPDR also participates in other international organizations and initiatives (OSCE, OECD, OPCW; CEDC etc.), with variations in the scope and intensity of cooperation.


International Rescue and Relief Assistance in Disasters

On the basis of agreements between Slovenia and other countries, the competent authorities of those countries can submit a request for assistance to the Government of the Republic of Slovenia at the bilateral level or through the United Nations, EU or NATO mechanisms.

The authority in Slovenia which is responsible for notification of dangers and disasters and receiving requests for assistance is the Administration of the Republic of Slovenia for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief, unless otherwise specified in rules or international agreements. Data and information is exchanged through the Notification Centre of the Republic of Slovenia (operating 24 /7), which is the contact point for other countries, the European Union (Emergency Response Coordination Centre, ERCC), United Nations (UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, UN-OCHA) and NATO (Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre, EADRCC) and other international organisations.

The decision to assist a country affected by a natural or other disaster is made by the Government, on the proposal of the Civil Protection Commander of the Republic of Slovenia or the Minister, if related to international obligations of the state.

The assistance is voluntary and is provided in the form of rescue units, experts, rescue means and equipment, or other appropriate forms. As a rule, assistance is free of charge. The costs of deploying rescue units, experts and other assistance are covered by the Republic of Slovenia.


International Agreements in the Area of Protection against Natural and Other Disasters

The ACPDR develops international cooperation also by concluding international agreements with other states, especially the neighbouring countries and countries in the region. Bilateral agreements regulate the field of providing mutual assistance in disasters and are also the basis for the planning of preventive measures, promotion of scientific research, cooperation in the field of education and training, and other common activities relevant to protection against disasters. Slovenia is also a signatory to multilateral agreements in the field of protection against disasters, which regulate specific thematic areas of cooperation and promote links between countries in a certain political or geographical context.


International Agreements in the Area of Protection against Natural and Other Disasters


Contacts

International and European Affairs Service

Head of Service: Mrs. Milena DOBNIK JERAJ

Vojkova cesta 61
1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Telephon: +386 1 471 33 36, +386 1 471 33 22
Fax: +386 1 431 81 17
E-mail: milena.dobnik.jeraj@urszr.si



   
photo: ACPDR archives