From 3 to 7 September, the Mission to Skopje implemented the second phase of the project activity on crisis management, focusing on supporting security providers to plan for crises and establish proper risk analysis. The planning exercise targeted police chiefs, crisis inspectors and representatives from the Ministry of the Interior (MoIA), with a total of 30 participants including representatives of the Crisis Management Center, the Protection and Rescue Directorate, the Skopje Firefighting Brigade, the Ministry of Health, and the Radiation Safety Directorate.
During the workshop, the Mission organized a table-top exercise to provide participants with planning tools for different crisis situations, and to discuss communication among them in preparing for crises. The workshop was part of the Mission’s overall support to the professionalization of the MoIA, focusing on the critical incident concept, which includes the establishment of a command and control structure, risk matrices, data collection and ensuing analysis. This second phase of the activity on concrete planning for crises built upon the first phase of the workshop in 2017, which was focused on management and response to a crisis for police at the local and central levels.