Natural and man-made disasters can occur at any moment in time. They can cause not only economic and environmental damage, but more importantly loss of lives. Civil protection assistance consists of governmental aid delivered in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. This emergency relief can take the form of in-kind assistance, deployment of specially-equipped teams, or assessment and coordination by experts sent to the field.
Disasters know no borders and a well-coordinated response at European level is necessary to avoid duplication of relief efforts and ensure that assistance meets the real needs of the affected region.
When a country is hit by a disaster, which overwhelms its response capacity, European countries can provide assistance via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. The Mechanism was established in 2001 to foster cooperation among national civil protection authorities across Europe. It enables a more rapid and effective response to emergencies by coordinating the delivery of civil protection teams and assets to the affected country and population.
Via the Mechanism, the European Commission supports and complements the prevention and preparedness efforts of participating states, focusing on areas where a joint European approach is more effective than separate national actions.
In this context each year, the European Commission publishes calls for proposals to fund activities aimed at promoting and encouraging cooperation in prevention, preparedness and awareness-raising activities in civil protection and marine pollution.
Dearline for Prevention and Preparedness Calls: 04 April 2019 17:00:00 Brussels time
Deadline for Exercise Call: 15 May 2019 17:00:00 Brussels time