Bulgaria

Bulgaria National Platform

History

2001 – Former Civil Protection Service under the Ministry of Defence was transformed into State Agency for Civil Protection under the Council of Ministers. The cooperation with IDNDR starts.

2006 – Ministry of State Policy for Disasters and Accidents comprising Directorate General National Civil Protection Service with territorial units in every region of Bulgaria was established and became a National DRR Platform. 

2008 – The Ministry of State Policy for Disasters and Accidents was renamed to Ministry of Emergency Situations (MES).

December 2009 – the Ministry of Emergency Situations became a Civil Protection Directorate-General to the Ministry of Interior.

2011 – With the amendments in Ministry of Interior Act (promulg. Official Gazette No 88 of 9 November 2010) DG Fire Safety and Rescue and DG Civil Protection were integrated in a new structure - Directorate-General Fire Safety and Civil Protection.

2012 – With amendments in Disaster Protection Act a Consultative Council for supporting the Council of Ministers in forming the state policy for disaster protection was created. It was designated as the new National DRR Platform in the Republic of Bulgaria. The Rules of organization and activity of the Council came into force on 28 May 2012. The Council continues the state’s efforts in this field since 1990 when started the International Decade for Disaster Risk Reduction.

2016 – Disaster Protection Act was amended. As a result, the name and the structure of the national platform were changed giving possibility for wider participation of universities, research institutes etc. The platform is currently called Disaster Risk Reduction Council to the Council of Ministers for supporting formation and implementation of state policy in the field of disaster protection.

Structure

Disaster Risk Reduction Council is a constantly acting body of the Council of Ministers that ensures the coordination and cooperation upon the implementation of the state policy in the field of disaster protection.

The Council shall act as a National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in compliance with Hyogo Framework for Action 2005 – 2015 and Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.

The Council consists of a Chairman and members. The Chairman is the Minister of Interior. The Chairman leads and represents the Council and is supported by a Secretary. The Secretary is the Director of DG Fire Safety and Civil Protection, Ministry of Interior.

Other members of the Platform are  representatives of the leadership of all the ministries (mainly deputy-ministers), a representative of the leadership  of State Agency for National Security, State Agency State Reserve and War-time Stocks, Nuclear Regulatory Agency, Bulgarian Red Cross, Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bulgarian Industrial Association and National Association of Municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and:

·       Up to three representatives of Universities:

·       Up to three representatives of research institutes;

·       Up to three representatives of non-profit legal entities dealing with disaster risk reduction;

·       Up to three representatives of legal entities dealing with disaster risk reduction.

To support the DRR Council, a permanent National Coordination Group comprised of representatives occupying managerial position in the above-mentioned ministries, agencies and organizations is created. The Chairman of the National Coordination Group is the Secretary of Disaster Risk Reduction Council.

Budget

The financial resources needed to run Disaster Risk Reduction Council shall be provided by the budget of DG Fire Safety and Civil Protection, Ministry of Interior.

The members of the Platform and the National Coordination Group don’t receive remuneration for their work within the platform and the group.

Mandate

The general aim of Disaster Risk Reduction Council is to support the Council of Ministers in the Republic of Bulgaria to form and implement the state policy in the field of disaster protection.

Its main functions are as follows:

  1. develops and proposes to the Council of Ministers a National DRR Platform; 

  2. develops and proposes to the Council of Ministers a National DRR Programme and annual plans for its implementation;

  3. develops and proposes to the Council of Ministers a National Disaster Protection Plan;

  4. make reviews and up-dates the above-mentioned documents;

  5. supports development and implementation of acts and secondary regulatory acts in the field of disaster risk reduction; proposes and gives opinion on draft acts related to the implementation of the state policy for disaster risk reduction.   

  6. Coordinates the implementation of the documents under 1-3;

  7. Supports formation and implementation of sectorial policies related to disaster risk reduction;

  8. Makes a review and develops an annual report to the Council of Ministers on the state of disaster protection;

  9. Communicates with UNDRR;

  10. Develops guidelines related to disaster protection.

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