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Union Civil Protection Mechanism

ENVI 11-01-2019 - 11:32
A search and rescue team managed to rescue an earthquake survivor

On 23 November 2017 the European Commission presented its proposal introducing targeted changes to Decision 1313/2013/EU on a Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM). At the last trilogue of 12 December 2018, the EP, Council and Commission delegations reached agreement on the whole text after clearing the last remaining political issues - namely the budget for the mechanism in 2019 and 2020 (additional EUR 205.6 million) and transitional provisions in view of a rapid deployment of rescEU.

RescEU is the centrepiece of the new proposal: it would consist of a reserve of civil protection assets established to assist Member States hit by disasters when national capacities are overstretched. The voluntary nature of the current system showed that in a number of instances the UCPM could not provide assistance to Member States fast enough or with the required capacities. The system has been put under particular strain when large-scale emergencies have affected several Member States simultaneously. DEVE, BUDG, REGI and FEMM committees have contributed to the ENVI report with opinions.

Rapporteur: E. Gardini (EPP)

Shadows: N. Androulakis (S&D), A. Gericke (ECR), A. Jäätteenmäki (ALDE), E. Torres Martínez (GUE/NGL), B. Eickhout (GREENS/EFA), P. Pedicini (EFDD), J. Mélin (ENF)