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Press trip to Civil Protection Exercise in Sweden

25 April - 26 April 2017, Sweden (DG ECHO)

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The European Journalism Centre (EJC), in cooperation with the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), organises a press visit to a Civil Protection Exercise in Sweden on 25-26 April for a group of eight EU28 journalists.

The EU Civil Protection Mechanism runs an active and comprehensive training programme offering experts from all over Europe a deeper knowledge of the requirements of civil protection missions. These trainings foster cooperation among national civil protection authorities and ultimately improve the interoperability of the different Member States' teams on the ground.

This media trip aims to raise awareness on the complexity of setting up an effective crisis response and on the procedures that the EU has in place to ensure the delivering of a response that is efficient, effective and deployed in the shortest possible time after a disaster occurs. It will be the 4th episode of the 2016-2017 Modex designed and organised by Falck on behalf the European Union and the simulated scenario will be the aftermath of flooding and landslides, and will involve medical teams from four EU countries: Belgium, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Participating journalists will join part of the Civil Protection Exercise that is taking place in Revingeby, Sweden. They will have the chance to observe different phases of the execution of the exercise and to interact with the parties involved. They will also take part in a short briefing with representatives from ECHO and from the organisers of the exercise as well as in the simulation of a press conference integrated in the programme of the exercise.

More details of the programme will be made available in the coming weeks.

Arrival in Revingeby is planned on Monday 24 April and departure on Thursday 27 April.

Journalists specialised in covering humanitarian crisis, medical aid and disasters control will be given priority in the selection process. Journalists from Belgium, Germany, Italy and Spain are especially encouraged to apply.

The organisers will cover travel, accommodation and meals throughout the trip.

Interested journalists should apply before Wednesday 12 April via the EJC seminars website.

* Please insert in your application a few lines on your motivation to join this trip and links to stories you might have already published on the subject.

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