- The context and the birth of EU Civil Protection Mechanism
Europe and its neighbors face a wide range of disaster risks, such as floods,
forest fires, earthquakes, and various technological, radiological and
environmental accidents, resulting in loss of life, destruction of property,
environment and cultural heritage. These challenges are further exacerbated
by climate change which contributes to the increasing frequency and intensity
of weather-related disasters across Europe.
No country alone can be fully prepared for all kinds of disasters. In this context, the EU Civil
Protection Mechanism (UCPM) was established to strengthen the
cooperation and coordination between the European Union and the Member
States in the field of civil protection.
- The objective of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and Be-Ready project
The Mechanism supports the efforts of Participating States to protect primarily
people, but also the environment and property, including cultural heritage,
against all kinds of natural and man-made disasters, including the
consequences of acts of terrorism, technological, radiological, or environmental
disasters, marine pollution, and health emergencies occurring inside and
outside the Union.
In particular, EU action aims to support, complement, and facilitate
coordination of Member States’ action to:
a) achieve a high level of protection against disasters by preventing or
reducing their potential effects
b) enhance preparedness at Member State and Union level to respond to
c) increase public awareness and preparedness for disasters.
Be-Ready project is financed by the European Commission under the Civil Protection
Mechanism since it has the general objective of fighting marine pollution, especially oil spills
and chemical spills and HNS, by developing a unified platform that covers OIL and HNS and
the implementation of an Environmental Decision Support System.