BE DRIN “Mirusha Exercise” in Kosovo* July 2017

Be Drin "Mirusha" Exercise in Kosovo* ended on July 12th and was cause for considerable satisfaction for all participants.

Be Drin in Kosovo

The Emergency Management Agency (EMA), the agency responsible in Kosovo for civil protection activities, demonstrated its capability in strengthening preparedness at the municipal level by putting together a very effective team that was able to organize an interesting two-day exercize in an area (Mirusha, in Malisheva Municipality) where no activities of this kind had ever taken place before. Drawing also from trainings and activities from the Be Drin project, EMA showed its strong commitment to analyzing objectives and to emergency planning, through the integration of diverse actors: rescue bodies, volunteering organizations, the private sector and institutional actors.

Be Drin in Kosovo

The exercise saw high participation of local organized volunteering (Kosovo Red Cross Organisations) and the effective integration within the activity of young people from Malisheva Municipal Youth Center.

The experienced European volunteers that took part in the activity were selected from a large pool of volunteers that represent one of the strengths of the BE DRIN consortium. As they demonstrated many times before, the volunteers brought to bear a very solid, experienced approach and a willingness to support and instruct that was valued by the beneficiaries.

Given the enthusiastic feedback received by volunteers who took part in previous activities, the Be Drin consortium has decided to strengthen internal and external communication efforts and much attention has been devoted to producing dissemination materials to be used, not only by the consortium but also by beneficiaries, in furthering promotion of the activities that have been made possible by the EUAV Initiative. The aim is to ensure that sustainable processes of exploitation of positive results can be put into play and to reinforce and extend as much as possible the project benefits.

*This designation is without prejudice to position on status, and is in line with UN Security Council Resolution 1244/99 and the International Court of Justice Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence

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