Coordination Meeting of County Operational Centers

May 4, 2022

For the fourth year in a row, ATRAC brought together the County Operations Centres (COCs) and the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure at the Coordination of COCs. This year’s Coordination was held in cooperation with the Dubrovnik-Neretva County in the city of Orebic from 27 to 28 April 2022. The representatives of the COCs of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar, Lika-Senj, Zadar, Sibenik-Knin, Split-Dalmatia, and Dubrovnik-Neretva counties were present. The coordination, like the previous three, was supported by the Ministry of the Sea, Transport, and Infrastructure with the active participation of representatives of the Maritime Safety Directorate.

Coordination began with short reports from COCs on activities and events undertaken in 2021. There were no major pollutions, only a few minor ones that were successfully dealt with. The director of the center then presented the FIRESPILL project as part of the project partners are from the counties that participated in the Coordination and therefore the participants were informed about current activities, as well as those that must be completed by the end of the project. The mission in Syria, in which ATRAC participated in December last year, was also presented. The representative of the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure presented the RETOS tool, which was used to analyze the National Contingency Plan, with the cooperation of REMPEC, ITOPF, and ATRAC, while the representative of the Public Institution “Priroda” of Dubrovnik-Neretva County presented sensitive areas in the county. On the second day of the Coordination, the participants visited sensitive areas on the island of Korcula, as well as those in the area between Peljesac and Korcula. Once again, the main goal of the Coordination was successfully fulfilled, which is to recognize the diversity of existing county response systems, exchange experiences of various COCs, and define standards of preparedness and response.