Civil Protection Forum: opening session and visit of the exhibition by Stavros Dimas (extracts)
End production: 22/11/2007 First transmission: 22/11/2007
On 22 November, Stavros Dimas, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, launched the second Civil Protection Forum in Brussels. This two-day event brought together 600 participants working in the area of civil protection for an exchange of information and experience, and provides a platform for issues linked to natural and man-made disasters. The initiative is part of the Commission's contribution to strengthen EU co-operation on Civil Protection. Highlights of the programme include plenary sessions and workshops on new threats, and risks resulting from climate change.
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||Outdoor civil protection exhibition: general view (7 shots)
||Stavros Dimas, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, and Michel Barnier, French Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, visiting the outdoor exhibition (10 shots)
||General view of the European Civil Protection Conference (2 shots)
||Stavros Dimas (in ENGLISH) saying that he is convinced that there is still room to improve up civil protection cooperation at the European level; an important first step would be to reinforce the MIC and improve its ability to carry out core activities; the Commission should also study ways of gradualy developping a European civil protection force; this could involve making key national modules available on stand by for European responses
||Rui Pereira, Portuguese Minister for Internal Administration, (in PORTUGUESE)
||Michel Barnier (in FRENCH) saying that the first key step is to create, in Brussels or somewhere else in Europe, an operational centre gathering Council, Member States experts and why not experts from NGO's like the red cross, who should be together in the same place, using all modern technical facilities, like also using satellites in order to prepare the European answers to the crisis ahead