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The 3rd Scientific Conference of the European Voluntary Civil Protection Forum ended its work with a Declaration
10th December 2013

The 3rd Scientific Conference of the European Voluntary Civil Protection Forum ended its work with a Declaration With the participation of experts from sixteen countries, the 3rd Scientific Conference of the European Voluntary Civil Protection Forum (EVCPF) ended its work successfully in Budapest. Its chief patron was LTG Dr. György Bakondi, Director General of the National Directorate General for Disaster Management (NDGDM), Ministry of the Interior.


György Bakondi, in his greetings, said that although in the past few years, traditionally, he could open these events; this was the first time that the National Disaster Management Headquarters could host this prestigious meeting. The Director General stressed that this Forum fits well into the series of actions for creating and developing international relations, especially in the bilateral cooperation system. He said that the Hungarian Disaster Management maintains intensive contacts with the United Nations: the Director General mentioned, as examples, the rescue teams HUNOR and HUSZÁR. These two Hungarian teams are capable of being deployed according to the Guidelines and Methodology of International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG). NDGDM has extensive relationship with the European Union. Last time, it was Bulgaria which had requested and received international assistance to supply the Syrian refugees arriving there. There is intensive work going on with NATO, the main focus is currently on the protection of critical infrastructures. Among the Visegrád countries and the Hungarian Disaster Management there is an excellent cooperation, closed the Director General his greeting remarks.

Prof. Dr. András Patyi, rector of the National University of Public Service (NUPS), spoke of the importance of the establishment processes of a unique initiative of the University called Knowledge Centre. He pointed out that the university had become a leading training institution basis of civil protection tasks, mentioning as an example that a voluntary rescue organization had been formed within the university, with members not only from disaster management students but also civilians. Finally, the rector expressed the hope that the professional experience exchanged during the two-day conference would be utilized by the university in the training of students.

BG Ferenc Tóth, PhD national inspector general for civil protection delivered a lecture on the lessons learnt from the operation of voluntary civil protection organizations. Afterwards, COL István Endrődi, PhD, President of the Hungarian Civil Protection Association (HCPA) and of EVCPF spoke of this year’s activities of HCPA, highlighting the emergencies in Hungary in 2013 and the responses thereto. He stressed the importance of the wide scope of relationship of the Association in the performance of civil protection tasks both with the Hungarian public administration, voluntary organizations and international partners.  LTC Dr. Habil. Gyula Kóródi, associate professor of NUPS spoke of the role and responsibilities of the Disaster Management Institute within the entire disaster management system, highlighting the cooperation tasks with voluntary rescue organizations and the activities of the voluntary civil protection unit functioning at the University.

After the Hungarian experts, invited international guests gave account of their experience in the framework of three workshops. The first group analyzed the deployment rules and roles of voluntary organizations in emergencies; the second reviewed the voluntary role of the population in emergencies. On the second day of the conference, the participants analyzed the challenges of cross-border deployments, with a special emphasis on the legal regulations and operational procedures. As an achievement, the 3rd Scientific Conference of the European Voluntary Civil Protection Forum adopted a Declaration, which will be sent to DG ECHO of the European Commission, besides the Hungarian control authority.

The Operational Program with Project No. ÁROP-2.2.21-2013-2013-0001 “Knowledge-based Public Service Progress” has also contributed to the implementation of the Conference.

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The 3rd Scientific Conference of the European Voluntary Civil Protection Forum ended its work with a Declaration The 3rd Scientific Conference of the European Voluntary Civil Protection Forum ended its work with a Declaration The 3rd Scientific Conference of the European Voluntary Civil Protection Forum ended its work with a Declaration

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