The CMDR COE Fourth Anniversary

The CMDR COE Fourth Anniversary

Date: (03-04-2019)

On April 2, 2019, the Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence (CMDR COE) celebrated the fourth anniversary of its formal accreditation as an international military organisation – the first of its kind in the Republic of Bulgaria.

“Our main activities are aimed at the interagency interaction as well as cooperation with governmental and non-governmental organizations, academia and the industry for enhancing, while where missing – creating, capabilities for the effective use of expertise in crisis management and disaster response.”, stated the CMDR COE Director Colonel Orlin Nikolov in his address to the ceremony .

The reception in the newly opened premises of CMDR COE was honoured by the presence of ambassadors and military attaches of diplomatic missions accredited to the Republic of Bulgaria, commanders of the armed forces, representatives of ministries and departments, academia.

The event was attended by Mr. Atanas Zapryanov, Deputy Minister of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria. In his turn, he pointed that such a centre is a serious asset for improving cooperation inbetween NATO Member States.

The process of the CMDR COE establishment started by ratification of the Memorandum of Understanding between the defence ministries of Bulgaria, Greece and Poland and HQ Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), signed on 28 August 2013 in Norfolk, USA.

On 31 March 2015, upon a NAC silence procedure, the Centre received accreditation as the 21st NATO COE and was activated as a NATO Military Body with an international status under Article 14 of the Paris Protocol. The CMDR COE is an accredited, fully operational NATO COE, focusing its work on one of the Alliance’s core tasks – Crisis Management. The Centre’s concept of operations has been crafted as to ensure its complementarity role and to avoid duplications with existing NATO or other COEs’ activities.

In support of NATO transformation, Nations create a network of Centres of Excellence (COEs). They are nationally or multinationally managed and funded entities. The COEs provide subject matter expertise in support of capability building, improving interoperability and support of capability development with education and training for NATO and partner leaders and units, testing doctrines, developing and validating concepts through experimentation, providing lessons learned, evaluations and assessments.




2024 Centres of Excellence Marketplace

Representatives from CMDR COE are participating to the 2024 COE Marketplace at NATO HQ in Brussels, 22-23 May 2024.

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Second Course Iteration for 2024

Gender Focal Point course, 13-16 May 2024

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Revisiting Dimension on Crisis Diplomacy

Revisiting Crisis Diplomacy: Civilian/Political and Military Dimension Workshop

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Disaster Response and Consequence Management for a Radiological Incident Course

CMDR COE in conjunction with the United States Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Incident Policy and Cooperation (NIPC), the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and the NATO Joint CBRN Defence COE will conduct the Disaster Response and Consequence Management for a Radiological Incident Course from 22 APR to 26 APR 2024 in Sofia, Bulgaria. 

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Cooperation with The Royal Institute for International Relations, Belgium

Representatives from CMDR COE delivered online lectures at the organized by the Egmont Institute a 4-day training activity in Brussels (22-25 April) to facilitate the operationalization of the newly adopted EU HRDDP (Human Rights and Due Diligence Policy on security sector support to third parties). 

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Mark momentous occasion

20 Years of Bulgaria in NATO

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Advancing NATO′s Resilience: Uniting Expertise for Strategic Migration Management

Insights from the MSG-221 Initiative: Integrating Science, Security, and Society for Enhanced Crisis Response

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In support to CCOE

Resilience through Civil Preparedness Course by Civil-Military Cooperation COE

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Building Resilient Forces: Enhancing Crisis Management Skills at BALTDEFCOL

METT Training Bolsters Military Preparedness Across 14 Nations

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Exercise in Moldova

Coherent Resilience 2024 Moldova (CORE-24 M)

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General Lavigne formal visit

CMDR COE welcomed the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation

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Visit of representatives from the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Distinguished visit from the Slovenian MFA was paid on the 6th March.

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Participation in the Bulgaria-Japan-Western Balkans Workshop

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Research Papers on focus

Internship term Sep 2023 - Feb 2024

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Official Appointment of CMDR COE as Department Head for the NATO Business Continuity Management

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CMDR COE in the Industrial Day at Tech Park

Participation in a high-level conference at Tech Park Sofia

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Broader Initiative to Fortify Resilience

Resilience workshop focused on Public Private Partnership

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Navigating Resilience: A Journey through CMDR COE Internship with Ms. Tsveti Monova

Exploring the Interplay of Strategic Communications and Resilience in the Military Context

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Strategic Collaboration and Future Synergies: A Diplomatic Dialogue at CMDR COE

Exploring Partnerships for Crisis Management and Disaster Response between Denmark and the Republic of Bulgaria.

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Participation in I/ITSEC 2023

CMDR COE delivered an article on the subject “Refugee Flow Management and Resilience Implications”

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Kick-off meeting for MSG-221 Project

MSG – 221: M&S in Support of Building Resilience and Management of People Mass Movement 

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Annual CMDR COE Academic Advisory Board and Steering Committee meetings

From 24 to 26 October 2023 in Sofia, Bulgaria was conducted the 4th CMDR COE AAB and the 11th CMDR COE SC meetings.

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