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Call: Buffer capacities for addressing temporary shortcomings in extraordinary disasters

Union Civil Protection Mechanism
Acronym UCPM
Type of Fund Action programme
Description of programme
"Union Civil Protection Mechanism"

The Civil Protection Mechanism facilitates coordination in the field of civil protection in order to improve the effectiveness of systems for preventing, preparing for and responding to natural and man-made disasters. The Mechanism should protect primarily people, but also the environment and property, including cultural heritage.

The objective is to support and complement the efforts of Member States in the field of disaster prevention, focusing on areas where cooperation provides added value and complement existing cooperation frameworks/instruments provided by relevant EU macro - regional strategies.

Buffer capacities for addressing temporary shortcomings in extraordinary disasters
Description of call
"Buffer capacities for addressing temporary shortcomings in extraordinary disasters"

The objective of this call is to contribute to addressing temporary shortcomings in extraordinary disasters by establishing stand-by availability of response capacities and Participating States' rapid access to these capacities in the area of

  • Flood Containment
  • Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems
  • Aerial forest fire fighting using planes
Thematic Focus Disaster Prevention, Security
Funding area EU Member States
Iceland / Ísland
Norway / Norge
Select Origin of Applicant EU Member States
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia / поранешна југословенска Република Македонија
Iceland / Ísland
Montenegro / Crna Gora/Црна Гора
Norway / Norge
Serbia / Сpбија
Turkey / Türkiye
Eligible applicants Federal State / Region / City / Municipality / Local Authority, National Government, Public Services, Other, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees)
Applicant details

Private entities may only be eligible, provided that they have been authorised by the Member State pre-committing the response capacity to the EERC to request and receive financial support from the Commission on behalf of that Member State.

Recurring Call Yes
Project duration min 12 months
Further info

The buffer capacities should be available for the period of at least one year between January 2019 and December 2020.

Type of Funding Grant
Financial details

total budget: call: 2 Mio. €

Up to a maximum of 40% of the costs of ensuring rapid access to buffer capacities may be covered through the EU grant.

In addition, 100% of total costs of designing, preparing, negotiating, concluding and managing the contracts or arrangements, as well as the costs of developing standard operating procedures and exercises to ensure the effective use of buffer capacities may be covered under the EU grant. 


Applicants shall submit proposals to

European Commission

ECHO A.4 "Civil Protection Policy Unit"

L-86 04/23

BE-1049 Brussels

The outer envelope must bear the title of the Call for Proposals: "Call for Proposals for Buffer Capacities for addressing temporary shortcomings in extraordinary disasters in the framework of the Union Civil Protection Mechanism", and the words "Not to be opened before the opening session". Applications sent by fax or e-mail will not be accepted. Applications may not be hand-written.

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