Administrator of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) W. Craig Fugate paid a visit yesterday, 13 November, to the emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) of the European Commission. His visit marked the second anniversary of the signature of the Administrative Agreement for cooperation in disaster management and emergency response between the European Commission and FEMA.
With the Agreement signed on 17 November 2011, the two partners committed to fostering cooperation in disaster risk reduction, resilience and response to disasters. Cooperation between the two is based on bi-annual work programmes. The work programme 2013-2014 covers exchange of information and mutual support in the following areas: Disaster Data, Resilience Policy, Climate Change Adaption, Disaster Risk Reduction, Lessons Learned, Scenario Planning and Exercises for Mega disasters.
The agreement and the regular dialogue between the European Commission and FEMA are part of the comprehensive approach of the EU to strategic partners such as the USA, Japan and Russia and neighbouring countries. This approach aims to share knowledge and exchange best practices and to be able to work together in the event of major disasters.