EU Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM)

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Standard Eligibility Conditions;  

Usually calls are required transnational partnerships involving a minimum of three entities from three different Participating States. There is no indication for the duration of the projects. Pre-Financing option is valid depending on the duration of the project unless otherwise it is stated in project proposal (Please refer “Financial Guidelines for Applicants). 


Level of Financing: 

Calls for Proposal define the details in details but in general, The EU co-funding rate amounts to 75 % of total eligible costs in the programme, with a maximum EU contribution of EUR 800.000, whereby the EU contributes to the eligible cost of each beneficiary at a 75% rate in Prevention Projects. The beneficiaries need to guarantee that the remaining 25% of the total eligible cost come from sources other than the EU grant, whereby each beneficiary must guarantee that 25% of its eligible cost is funded from sources other than the Union.

In Civil Protection Mechanism Exercises Maximum co-funding rate: 85 % of eligible costs of proposals, with a maximum EU contribution of EUR 1 000 000 for each proposal financed.

For The European Emergency Response Capacity Projects Up to 100% of eligible costs will be covered, provided this does not exceed 30% of the average cost of developing the capacity.


For Preparedness Projects Maximum co-funding rate: 75% of eligible costs, with a maximum EU contribution of EUR 800 000 for each proposal financed.

 

Programme Details

The overall objective of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism is to strengthen cooperation between Participating States in the field of civil protection, with a view to improving prevention, preparedness and response to disasters. Through the Mechanism, the European Commission plays a key role in coordinating the response to disasters in Europe and beyond.

When the scale of an emergency overwhelms the response capabilities of a country, it can request assistance via the Mechanism. Once activated, the Mechanism coordinates assistance made available by its Participating States.

Program aims to foster cooperation among national civil protection authorities across Europe. The Mechanism was set up to enable coordinated assistance from the participating states to victims of natural and man-made disasters in Europe and elsewhere. The Mechanism currently includes all 28 EU Member States in addition to Iceland, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Any country in the world can call on the EU Civil Protection Mechanism for help. Since its launch in 2001, the EU Civil Protection Mechanism has monitored over 300 disasters and has received more than 200 requests for assistance. It intervened in some of the most devastating disasters the world has faced, like the earthquake in Haiti (2010), the triple-disaster in Japan (2011), typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philip­pines (2013), the floods in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina (2014), the Ebola outbreak (2014), the conflict in Ukraine (2014), the earthquake in Nepal (2015), and the refugee crisis in Europe.

Civil protection assistance consists of governmental aid delivered in preparation for or immediate aftermath of a disaster in Europe and worldwide. Aid takes the form of in-kind assistance, deployment of specially-equipped teams, or experts assessing and coordinating support right in the field.

Expected results;

1. Progress in implementing the disaster prevention framework: measured by the number of Member States that have made available to the Commission a summary of their risk assessments and an assessment of their risk management capability

2. Progress in increasing the level of readiness for disasters: measured by the quantity of response capacities included in the voluntary pool in relation to the capacity goals referred to in Art. 11 and the number of modules registered in the CECIS;

3. Progress in improving the response to disasters: measured by the speed of interventions under the Union Mechanism and the extent to which the assistance contributes to the needs on the ground; and

4. Progress in increasing public awareness and preparedness for disasters: measured by the level of awareness of Union citizens and private sector of the risks in their region.

Grants will be awarded under different headings in the programme. Headings and activities as follow;

PREVENTION PROJECTS;

Track I – single country grants: Supporting Member States with activities aiming to improve disaster risk management at national/sub-national level while promoting coherence between national and European programmes. ;

Track II – cross-border grants: developing tools to assess and/or communicate on EU key risks (e.g. forest fires, floods, Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) which are relevant to the needs of national/regional civil protection or marine pollution authorities of Member States. This includes: data collection/analysis, support tools for decision-makers, feasibility studies, risk maps and other science-based communication tools.

UNION CIVIL PROTECTION MECHANISM EXERCISES;

In due coordination with national civil protection authorities, design, planning, conduct and evaluation of exercises with scenarios; design, planning, conduct and evaluation of exercises enhancing Host Nation Support. ; Design, planning, conduct and evaluation of exercises with scenarios addressing the cooperation with non-civil protection actors.; Member States will participate, through the ERCC, following established procedures (e.g. use of CECIS and activation of the Mechanism).

THE EUROPEAN EMERGENCY RESPONSE CAPACITY (EERC) – VOLUNTARY POOL

Financing of adaptation costs of response capacities, so as to make them deployable as part of the EERC, through direct grants, or framework partnership agreements with Member States' authorities. Up to 100% of eligible costs will be covered, provided this does not exceed 30% of the average cost of developing the capacity.

PREPAREDNESS PROJECTS

Projects and studies, which may include: technical specifications and feasibility studies for multi-country response capacities; small scale exercises and training courses aimed at testing innovative disaster preparedness approaches/methodologies, including those supported by other EU-funded projects

PREPAREDNESS ACTION FOR EUROPEAN NEIGHBORHOOD POLICY COUNTRIES

Capacity building activities including the strengthening of situation rooms. Consultation with relevant EU services and international organisations will be ensured throughout planning and implementation of the above activities in order to pursue, where possible, sinergies and efficiencies.


Work Programme; https://ec.europa.eu/echo/sites/echo-site/files/work_programme_2019.pdf

Regulation: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=OJ:L:2019:077I:FULL


Examples of UCPM Programme in Action;

Any country in the world can call on the EU Civil Protection Mechanism for help and it has intervened in some of the most devastating disasters and complex emergencies. Examples include the Ebola outbreak in West Africa (2014) and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (2018), the conflict in Ukraine (2014), the earthquake in Nepal (2015), the refugee and migration crisis in Europe (2015) and forest fires in the Mediterranean region (2017) and Sweden (2018).

Participating States commit national resources for emergency response to the European Civil Protection Pool. This pool allows for better planning and coordination of response activities at European and national levels and thereby contributes to a faster and reliable EU response to disasters.

 

Examples of Calls;