Answer given by Ms Georgieva on behalf of the Commission
At the end of 2009, the Commission launched an external study to provide the Commission with a critical analysis of the current practices and methodologies in risk assessment, including hazard identification and risk mapping, used in a representative sample of Member States.
To this end, the study will aim, in particular, to provide the Commission with an analytical framework to compare the methodologies and approaches that may be applied both to multiple and single hazard assessments.
The six-month study report is due to be completed by the end of June 2010.
On this basis, as requested by the Council Conclusions on a Community framework on disaster prevention within the EU(1), the Commission will, before the end of 2010, develop guidelines, taking into account work carried out at national level on methods of hazard and risk mapping, assessment, and analyses.
In 2010, the Commission will present an evaluation of European civil protection policy and implementation, covering both the response to and prevention of disasters. This will be the opportunity to identify in detail the areas for improvement of disaster management and will be followed, if appropriate, by legislative proposals.
The Commission's expert group on forest fires supports the voluntary UNECE recommendations for forest fire prevention published in 2006 by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
Furthermore, on 1 March 2010, the Commission adopted a Green Paper on Forest Protection and Information in the EU: Preparing forests for climate change(2). The Green Paper sets out options for a European Union approach to the protection of forests and to information about forest resources and their condition (including challenges resulting from droughts, desertification, fires or storms). Responses to the Green Paper from the public, Member States, EU institutions and other stakeholders will guide the Commission on whether additional action is needed at EU level.