Sofia, April 1, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency
By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe
Bulgaria’s cabinet approved on April 1 a draft intergovernmental agreement with Romania on co-operation in emergency situations, setting out a general legal framework for co-operation in prevention, preparedness and response to major emergencies.
The agreement sets out terms and conditions for assistance in the event of a disaster such as natural and man-made disasters and fires, a Bulgarian cabinet statement said.
The document regulates the mutual support of the two countries for the supply of rescue teams with equipment, exchange of experience and good practice in the development of applied science and research tasks in the field of fire safety and protection of the population, exchange of information on sources of risk, especially causing disasters with cross-border implications, the organisation of joint activities in order to achieve interoperability of communication and information systems, early warning systems and disclosure, among other matters.
The agreement contains provisions on issues such as the coordination and management of operations assistance, procedures for crossing the border, and the possibility of deploying aircraft, the government statement said.