On 8 November 2012, Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, gave a speech at the High Level Conference of the Programme for the Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Natural and Man-Made
Disasters (PPRD) in the Southern Mediterranean, in Brussels. On this occasion, the European Commission announced the launching of a new civil protection programme in the Mediterranean region, building on the achievements of the successful PPRD South Programme. The new programme will start in the spring of 2013 and will run until 2016.
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