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Preparedness in civil protection and marine pollution (UCPM-2017-PP-PREP-AG)



Specific Challenge:The present call for proposals aims at funding projects in the area of prevention, preparedness and awareness-raising in civil protection and marine pollution.

Preparedness Projects

The term preparedness means a state of readiness and capability of human and material means, structures, communities and organisations enabling them to ensure an effective rapid response to a disaster, obtained as a result of action taken in advance.[1]

Preparedness is essential in the management of disasters - being well prepared can save lives and reduce the impact of disasters. In order to enhance European civil protection preparedness, this Call will fund primarily preparedness projects which build on the Decision No 1313/2013/EU.

The Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM) is intended to improve the level of preparedness of civil protection systems, their personnel and population. When natural or man-made disasters strike a country, within the European Union or outside, the Mechanism allows for the necessary operational resources to be mobilised to assist and provide a prompt response.

As such, a project may very well be used to develop new concepts or models within the framework of the UCPM training programmes, or to identify ways of increasing efficiency with regard to deployment and/or plans for deployment of operational assets and modules to disaster stricken areas. This could include the establishment and/or development of multi-national modules. Such a project could also be used to develop new and more efficient ways of conducting UCPM exercises, of drawing up lessons following disasters, of planning emergency operations, etc.


Improve the preparedness of the Union Civil Protection Mechanism to respond to disaster risks.

Develop cooperation across countries on challenges in the field of civil protection and/or marine pollution and enhance the awareness of professionals and volunteers.

Complement existing cooperation frameworks/instruments provided by relevant EU macro-regional strategies.

Support a closer partnership between the Union Civil Protection Mechanism and enlargement and Neighbourhood countries.


A) Internal budget item: EUR 2 800 000 for projects benefitting Participating States in the UCPM.

B) External budget item: EUR 1 400 000 for projects benefitting countries of the European Neighbourhood Policy and IPA II beneficiaries, not yet participating in the UCPM.


In order to be eligible for a grant, the applicants must be:

a) legal persons; applications from natural persons are not eligible;

b) belong to one of the following categories: private entities, public entities, or international organisations as defined by Article 43 of the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1268/2012 of 29 October 2012 on the rules of application of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union ('Rules of Application').

c) be established in one of the UCPM Participating States

d) for projects under the external budget item, be established in eligible thirdcountries which are:- IPA II beneficiaries not participating in the mechanism: Albania, Bosnia andHerzegovina, Kosovo12;- European Neighbourhood Policy countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus,Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine;- Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia.Important: eligible entities from third countries can participate in the

implementation of projects under the external budget item but cannot act as the Coordinator. Therefore, applications submitted by third countries which are not Participating States to the Mechanism will be considered ineligible.

e) be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the project with other beneficiaries, i.e. not acting as an intermediary;

f) notify their national competent authority (applicable only to the lead applicant, coordinator of the consortium) of their proposal in order to ensure consistency between activities financed at EU level and national civil protection and marine pollution policies. With the proposal, the coordinator must enclose supporting documents (Notification form signed by the competent authority) showing that the relevant national authority has been notified in writing before submitting the proposal to the Commission. This does not apply to applicants which themselves are the nationalcompetent authority.


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