Snapshot: Participants to the workshop discuss the European Solidarity Fund and its use in Romania
On 23 October 2014, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA, Austria) and the Bucharest University of Economic Studies (ASE, Romania), partners of the ENHANCE project, organised a workshop on the case study: “Testing the Solidarity Fund for Romania and Eastern Europe”. Organised at ASE, this workshop brought together academics, researchers, specialists from insurance companies and experts from public authorities. The workshop was honoured by the participation of PhD Attila György, Minister Secretary of State from the Ministry of Public Finance.
The participants to the workshop addressed different topics such as the main tools for protection against natural hazards, the role of public authority in fighting them, the role of insurance companies in preventing and/or rebuilding after natural catastrophes, as well as the role of the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) can play in coping with natural hazard situations.
Professor PhD Nicolae ISTUDOR, ASE Vice-rector, underlined that there are a multitude of specialisations required to prevent natural catastrophes and ensure reconstruction after calamities. In this regard, he highlighted the importance of mixed teams, formed of specialists in various domains.
Minister Secretary of State PhD Attila György, of the Ministry of Public Finance, presented the financial tools used by the State to rebuild following disasters, the complex internal and international financing modalities, as well as the situation of the aid granted to Romania from the EUSF for the reconstruction after disasters. His clear presentation was of a real interest to the audience.
From IIASA, PhD Stefan HOCHRAINER-STIGLER and Anna LORANT participated. PhD Stefan Hochrainer – Stigler presented the goals of the ENHANCE project, the different scales of risk bearers, the focus on three levels: global level: EUSF, country level: Government and regional/individual level: insurance.
Silvia NEAMȚU, Senior Adviser, of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change described and explained in a paper written with Simona-Olimpia NEGRU, Director Flood risk Management and Dam Safety Directorate, Department for Waters, Forests and Fisheries, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change the system of flood risk management in Romania.
The importance of continuity management of public authorities in case of hazards in Romania was highlighted in the presentation of Professor PhD Dumitru-George BADEA and PhD Paul DUMITRU, MBA, FInsSMM, CPCU (candidate member).
Professor, PhD Ștefan BOBOC analysed the implications of solidarity and Associate Professor PhD. Laura Elly NAGHI presented the present status of Romanian insurance industry in case of disaster. The issues and practical aspects faced by the insurance industry in Romania (e.g. aspects related to mandatory home insurance and payment of damages) have come out of the discussions with specialists from insurance companies and PAID, present at the workshop.
Professor, PhD Maria IONCICĂ and Professor, PhD Eva-Cristina PETRESCU thank the participants for sharing their ideas and specified that this kind of workshop is key in achieving common understanding and objective to fight disasters.
Note to readers:
This workshop was organised on October 23rd, 2014 in ASE in the framework of the ENHANCE project and its case study 10 “Testing the Solidarity Fund for Romania and Eastern Europe”.
Further information on the workshop are available on ENHANCE private partners area