March 31, 2021, marked the completion of the ROHU-84 Project “CROSSRISKS – Integrated cross-border approach for improving the cooperation and joint preparedness on risk prevention and disaster management at the level of Bihor Hajdu-Bihar Euroregion”, which is the 37th completed project, funded under the Interreg VA Romania-Hungary Program.
Implemented between 01.04.2018-31.03.2021 by the Association Service for Assistance in Special Situations – SARTISS (as a lead beneficiary and the Hajdu-Bihar County’s Directorate for Disasters’ Management as a project partner, the ROHU-84 CROSSRISKS project benefited from a total budget of 1,207,339 euros, out of which 1,026,238.15 euros represented the financing from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
The project addressed the problems identified, in Bihor and Hajdú Bihar counties, in the field of risk prevention and disaster management, given the evolution of risk types. The success of the project is based on the integrated cross-border approach, combining investment policies and instruments and thus contributing significantly to the development of cooperation.
The main results of the project are:
- extension, modernization and joint management of two complementary regional cross-border training centres for integrated intervention training, located in Borș (Romania) and Hajdúszoboszló (Hungary);
- elaboration of the Cross-border Strategy for risk prevention and disaster management and elaboration of common protocols to facilitate specific interventions;
- elaboration of a joint training program for volunteer and professional staff;
- organizing language courses (English and Hungarian, respectively English and Romanian), for 80 people involved in the field of disaster management, on both sides of the border;
- purchase of equipment for the development of a Virtual Training Platform for professional and volunteer firefighters.
In this context, following the implementation of the ROHU-84 CROSSRISKS project, the population in the cross-border area benefits from improved safeguard measures. Relevant actors involved in risk prevention and disaster management are trained in the two regional training centres to address cross-border emergencies in the region and will be able to act more effectively based on the Joint Strategy and Protocols developed through the project. All this will significantly contribute to increasing security in the cross-border area.