Sweden and Lithuania support Armenia in a new EU-funded project on Civil Protection
The project builds on a long tradition of relationships between the countries and gives a certain association for MSB. In 1988, MSB did our first international rescue mission ever to Armenia after the devastating earthquake in Spitak that hit the country hard. Now, 32 years later, MSB is back together with Lithuania to continue the cooperation and strengthen the relationship further.
The Twinning project “Enhancing Civil Protection in Armenia” is financed by the European Union and implemented by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) and the Fire and Rescue Department under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania (FRD). The overall objective of the project is to make Armenia disaster resilient and ensure significant reduction of various disaster risks to human lives, country’s economy and communities.
– It is symbolic to announce the launch of this new Twinning project in the sphere of Civil Protection and Disaster Risk Management at this very day of commemoration of the Spitak earthquake. We highly evaluate this collaboration opportunity with our Swedish and Lithuanian colleagues towards resilience building and better preparedness to emergencies in Armenia, says Colonel Hovhannes Yemishyan, Deputy Director of the Rescue Service of MES.
The Twinning project consists of three components:
- Enhanced civil protection legal and policy framework.
- Improved effectiveness and efficiency of the comprehensive civil protection system.
- Improved capacity to ensure effective human resource management and development.
– I am proud to be part of this mission. Our partner in Armenia, MES, has requested this project, which is an important part for its possibilities to succeed. I am looking forward to this process of mutual learning and development within the important area of Civil Protection, says Jon Andersen, Resident Twinning Adviser, deployed by MSB to lead the implementation of the project for two years.
The project will run for two years
The project kicked off in October this year. During the two years of implementation, Swedish and Lithuanian experts within the field will cooperate with the Armenian colleagues, to carry out activities aimed to enhance Civil Protection in Armenia. Some of the activities planned are support in implementing the legal framework on civil protection, strengthening of the volunteer system, crisis awareness and the Human Resources system within MES and the Armenian Rescue Services.