The overall objectives of the BTSF Training Programme/Course on Inter-sectoral simulation exercises on crisis management coordination in Plant Health are to prepare, hold and evaluate inter-sectorial table top simulation exercises on outbreak coordination and crisis response involving agri-food chain authorities, and where needed, public health authorities, as well as crisis coordinators:

  • improving preparedness and response planning for crisis situations through testing procedures in place at national (contingency plans) and EU level (e.g. the crisis general plan);
  • ensuring coherence, interoperability and coordination between the local, national and EU level;
  • ensuring interaction between Member States and with international partners concerned by using the appropriate channels;
  • ensuring coordination between competent authorities and other stakeholders at national level;
  • guaranteeing coordination of risk communication at local, national and EU level;
  • improving preparedness to communication and decision-making challenges in crisis situations, such as e.g. deciding when to communicate, how to handle uncertainty when communicating and how to balance scientific assessments vs political evaluation, trade, economic impact, consumer confidence and public health.

The course addresses the following topics:

  • 01. Exercise Introduction : Background, Aims & Objectives
  • 02. Crisis management coordination and response in the plant health sector: institutional and legal framework
  • 03. General and specific contingency plans
  • 04. IMSOC/EUROPHYT and multi-country outbreaks
  • 05. Experience with Popillia japonica Newman outbreak
  • Simulation Exercise Injects
  • 08. Recap on the simulation exercise (hot wash and elements of SimEx Report)
  • 09. Exercise debrief: Lessons identified, actions required to ensure lessons learned (Improvement Plan)

This Training Programme has been designed for the profiles and positions described below. Please verify compliance with the selection criteria before submitting or validating applications.

The training is addressed to officials from competent authorities involved in crisis preparedness and management (preferably at central and/or regional level) in the chosen field coming from Member States only, subject to Commission approval and who have committed to disseminating training material within their organisations.

Session  Start Date End Date City Country
1  11/10/2022 13/10/2022 Brussels Belgium
2  03/10/2023 05/10/2023 CANCELLED CANCELLED
3  29/11/2023 01/12/2023 CANCELLED CANCELLED
4   27/05/2024  29/05/2024  Warsaw  Poland
5   01/07/2024  03/07/2024  Bratislava  Slovakia
6   28/10/2024  30/10/2024  Rome  Italy
Inter-sectoral simulation exercises on crisis management coordination in Plant Health