The Treaty of Lisbon underpins the commitment of the EU to provide assistance, relief, and protection to victims of natural or man-made disasters around the world (art. 214), and to support and coordinate the civil protection systems of its Member States (art. 196). It further mandates the European institutions to define the necessary measures for such actions to be carried out.
The following is an overview of the legal framework which has been established to-date:
Commission Decision 2010/481/EU, Euratom amending Decision 2004/277/EC, Euratom as regards rules for the implementation of Council Decision 2007/779/EC, Euratom establishing a Community civil protection mechanism
European Parliament resolutions