Civil Protection Financial Instruments 2014 - 2020

  • External Relations and Foreign Affairs
  • Justice, Fundamental Rights and Home Affairs
BUDGET: € 144,65 million (current prices); € 128,4 million (2011 prices)

The Union Civil Protection Mechanism aims to support, coordinate and supplement the actions of the Member States in the field of civil protection in improving the effectiveness of systems for preventing, preparing for and responding to natural and man-made disasters. The protection to be ensured by the Mechanism covers primarily people, but also the environment and property, including cultural heritage, against all natural and man-made disasters, including acts of terrorism, technological, radiological or environmental accidents, marine pollution and acute health emergencies, occurring inside or outside the Union. The Union intervention enhances prevention, preparedness and response capacity of Member States to face major disasters minimising human and material loss. The objective of this Decision cannot be sufficiently achieved by Member States operating alone and can be better achieved at Union level by reason of the scale or effects of the proposed action.

  • To achieve a high level of protection against disasters by preventing or reducing their effects and by fostering a culture of prevention;
  • To enhance the Union’s state of preparedness to respond to disasters;
  • To facilitate rapid and efficient emergency response interventions in the event of major disasters of their imminence.

This Decision shall apply to preventive and preparedness measures for all kinds of disasters inside the Union and in third countries such as:

  • European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries which are members of the European Economic Area (EEA);
  • Acceding countries, candidate countries and potential candidates in accordance with the general principles and general terms and conditions for the participation of those countries in Union's programmes established in the respective Framework Agreements and Association Council Decisions, or similar arrangements.
  • Studies, surveys, modeling and scenario building to facilitate the sharing of knowledge, best practices and information;
  • Training, exercises, workshops, exchange of staff and experts, creation of networks, demonstration projects and technology transfer;
  • Monitoring, assessment and evaluation actions
  • Public information, education and awareness raising and associated dissemination actions, so as to minimize the effects of disasters on Union citizens and to help Union citizens to protect themselves more effectively;
  • Establishment of a programme of lessons learnt from interventions and exercises in the context of the Mechanism, including on areas relevant to prevention and preparedness;
  • Communication actions and measures to promote the visibility of the European civil protection work in the areas of prevention, preparedness and response.

The provisions relating to the support for transport under the current Instrument are amended and simplified and introduce revised conditions for financing increasing the co-financing rates up to 85% of the total eligible cost and up to 100% in limited cases when certain criteria are met.

RESPONSIBLE BODY: Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO)
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