CMDR COE turns 8

CMDR COE turns 8

Date: (31-03-2023)

The Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence (CMDR COE) celebrates the eighth anniversary of its formal accreditation as an international military organisation – on March 31. The Centre gives a reception every year on this day.


The reception in the premises of CMDR COE was honoured by the presence of Ambassadors, Defence Attachés and Embassies’ representatives accredited in the Republic of Bulgaria as well as representatives from the Presidency of the Republic of Bulgaria, Ministry of Defence and the Defence Staff.


"A significant amount of time and efforts have been exerted to establish the CMDR COE as an institution meeting NATO’s high standards and requirements for a hub of expertise in the CMDR domain. Importantly, bringing added value to the process of the Alliance’s transformation and adaptation. The CMDR COE is continuously improving its products and performance, which deserves us the appreciation of the CMDR community of interest. Our capacity to act as a catalyst for transformation in the crisis and disaster management domain is closely contingent upon the ability to forge fruitful partnerships. Therefore, we seek to build a common ground for collaboration and exchange with relevant stakeholders. Excellence more than a mission for us – it is a firm conviction in the benefits of hard work and constructive cooperation, and we spare no effort on the way forward. We will continue to grow, improve and seek to contribute to a better and more inclusive crisis and disaster management", stated the CMDR COE Director Colonel Orlin Nikolov in his address to the ceremony .


The Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence (CMDR COE) was found on August 28, 2013.

CMDR COE received accreditation as the 21st NATO COE on March 31, 2015 upon a NAC silence procedure and was activated as a NATO Military Body with an international status under Article 14 of the Paris Protocol.

Located in Sofia, Bulgaria, the Centre is established upon Memoranda of Understanding (MOU): the Operational MOU between the Participating Nations and the Functional MOU between the Participating Nations and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation Headquarters (HQ SACT).

The Centre is a multi-nationally sponsored organization, which offers recognized expertise and experience to the benefit of the Alliance, especially in support of transformation. CMDR COE is part of NATO COE's Network but outside the Command Structure (NCS), while forms a part of the wider NATO Command Arrangements (NCA). CMDR COE is a member of the European Security and Defence College (ESDC).

The provided expertise from the Centre is respected and welcomed at various conferences, seminars, workshops and courses not only among military audience, as well desired and appreciated widely in civilian organizations and partners. Throughout the years, the CMDR COE has steadily affirmed its place in the field of CMDR and has earned the trust and respect of stakeholders across NATO’s board.




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