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Call: Prevention and preparedness projects in the field of civil protection and marine pollution

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.

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Prevention and preparedness projects in the field of civil protection and marine pollution
Description of call
"Prevention and preparedness projects in the field of civil protection and marine pollution"

The objective of the Call is to select projects which support and complement the efforts of participating states and eligible third countries in prevention and preparedness in civil protection and marine pollution focusing on areas where a common European approach is more appropriate. It is open also to IPA II countries not yet participating in the mechanism and the European Neighbourhood Policy countries. Projects can be financed from two separate budget items, internal and external budget item.

Funds from the internal budget item can be allocated to projects where main beneficiaries are Participating States only, whereas funds from the external budget item can be allocated to projects addressing the needs in enlargement countries (IPA II) and European Neighbourhood Policy countries (ENP).


The Call covers two separate policy areas, prevention and preparedness, each with its specific objectives and budget.


Prevention Projects:


The UCPM aims at achieving a higher level of protection and resilience against disasters by preventing or reducing their potential effects, by fostering a culture of prevention and by improving cooperation among civil protection actors as well as with other relevant services.



  1. Action-oriented projects focusing on "risk-proofing" of public and/or private investments and development and testing of tools and methodologies for tracking of resilient investments
  2. Pilot and demonstrative projects with replication capacity focusing on urban resilience to disasters.
  3. Technical cooperation projects with the objective of implementing at all levels of government methodologies aiming at developing multi-hazard assessments of risks and risk management capabilities and risk management planning, including cross border dimension.
  4. Technical cooperation projects aimed at developing networks at regional and cross border level that will facilitate enhanced uptake of innovation and research
  5. Projects focused on elaboration of methodology and running of public information campaigns in the field of prevention of common daily accidents with cumulative severe impact.


Preparedness Projects:


Objective of this Call for the preparedness policy area is to create better prerequisites for and improve preparedness, as well as enhance awareness of civil protection and/or marine pollution professionals and volunteers.



  1. Actions aimed at improving cross border civil protection and marine pollution cooperation, including regional cooperation, regarding interoperability and preparedness for, direct response to and reducing impacts of natural and man-made disasters
  2. Actions aimed at enhancing operational cooperation in the framework of the Mechanism, including across sectors, enabling countries to develop, exercise and register multinational assests


For priorities 1 and 2, specific focus areas include:

  • Actions aimed at increasing the countries’ preparedness for receiving international assistance in the context of the EU Host Nation Support Guidelines,
  • Enhancing cooperation between  civil protection and humanitarian aid actors,
  • Needs  of  vulnerable  people  including  people  with  disabilities  in disaster management,
  • Actions  aimed  enhancing  the  implementation  of  the  reserve pool  of medical teams (e.g. development of multinational medical teams, such as Foreign Medical Teams)
  • Better planning,
  • Preparing for CBRN events,
  • Mass evacuation,
  • Mine accidents,
  • Making infrastructure more disaster resilient,
  • Spills   of   hazardous   and   noxious   substances   into   the   marine environment,  and  major  emergencies  requiring  search  and  rescue  at sea including aerial surveillance for marine pollution and detection of illegal discharges.
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Thematic Focus Disaster Prevention, Security
Funding area EU Member States
EEA Countries
Candidate Countries
Origin of Applicant EU Member States
Iceland / Ísland
Montenegro / Crna Gora/Црна Гора
North Macedonia / Северна Македонија
Norway / Norge
Serbia / Сpбија
Turkey / Türkiye
Eligible applicants Federal State / Region / City / Municipality / Local Authority, International Organization, NGO / NPO, Public Services
Applicant details

Internal budget item: Private entities, public entities, international organizations established in one of the UCPM Participating States

External budget item: Entities established in eligible third countries (IPA II beneficiaries not participating in UCPM or ENP countries) can participate but cannot act as the coordinator.

Project Partner Yes
Project Partner Details

Internal budget item (entities from participating states): Min. 3 partners, max. 2 international organizations.

External budget item: Min. 3 partners, incl. a min. of 1 IPA II beneficiary/ 1 ENP country as well as at least one Participating State or an International Organisation as the Coordinator.

Recurring Call Yes
Project starts 01.01.2017
Project duration max 24 months
Type of Funding Grant
Financial details

Max. quota: 75%

Max grant: 800 000 €


By post:

European Commission

ECHO A.5 "Civil protection policy, Prevention, Preparedness and Disaster Risk Reduction Unit"

L-86 07/05

BE-1049 Brussels


By hand:

European Commission

Central Mail Service


Avenue du Bourget, 1

BE. 1140 Brussels

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