EU Civil Protection Mechanism

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In 2001, the EU Civil Protection Mechanism was established, fostering cooperation among national civil protection authorities across Europe. The initial EU budget for humanitarian and civil protection actions amounts to €1 billion per year.

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Geographic focus

EU 28 + Iceland, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey

Who can apply?

EU funded humanitarian assistance is implemented through humanitarian organisations. These are European NGOs, UN agencies and International organisations.

Objectives and activities

Objective: 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.

Activities: Since its launch in 2001, the EU Civil Protection Mechanism has monitored over 300 disasters and has received more than 180 requests for assistance. It intervened in some of the most devastating disasters the world has faced.

The Mechanism helps in marine pollution emergencies, where it works closely with the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). When the crisis occurs in developing countries, civil protection assistance typically goes hand in hand with EU humanitarian aid.

Type and level of funding

The budget for 2014-2020 is €368.4 million of which €223.7 million shall be used for prevention, preparedness and response actions inside the EU and €144.6 million for actions outside the EU. The EU civil protection budget can only offer limited incentives in the form of grants. The EU Structural Funds can support with more substantial funding.