Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection

Service tools

Legal framework

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:

 

Legislation

03/04/2014

Regulation No 375/2014 of the European Parliament and the Council on establishing the European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps (‘EU Aid Volunteers initiative’)

17/12/2013

Decision No 1313/2013/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on a Union Civil Protection Mechanism

20/06/1996

Regulation (EC) No 1257/96 concerning humanitarian aid

Implementing rules

16/10/2014
Commission Decision, laying down rules for the implementation of Decision No 1313/2013/EU of the EuropeanParliament and of the Council on a Union Civil Protection Mechanism and repealing Commission Decisions 2004/277/EC, Euratom and 2007/606/EC, Euratom : en - fr - de
Annexes: en - fr - de
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29/07/2010
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

20/12/2007
Commission Decision 2008/73/EC,Euratom amending Decision 2004/277/EC, Euratom as regards rules for the implementation of the Mechanism

08/08/2007
Commission Decision 2007/606/EC,Euratom laying down rules for the implementation of the provisions on transport

29/12/2003
Commission Decision 2004/277/EC laying down rules for the implementation of Council Decision 2001/792/EC

 

Council Conclusions

09/06/2011
Council conclusions on the development of the external dimension of the European Programme for Critical Infrastructure Protection Pdf file

12/05/2011
Council conclusions on Integrated Flood Management within the European Union Pdf file

11/04/2011
Council conclusions on Further Developing Risk Assessment for Disaster Management within the European Union Pdf file

02/12/2010
Council Conclusions on Host Nation Support Pdf file

08/11/2010
Conclusions on Innovative Solutions for Financing Disaster Prevention Pdf file

21/05/2010
Council conclusion on Psychosocial support Pdf file

30/11/2009
Council Conclusions on a Community framework on disaster prevention within the EU Pdf file

28/11/2008
Council Conclusions calling for civil protection capabilities to be enhanced by a European mutual assistance system building on the civil protection modular approach (16474/08) Pdf file

16/06/2008
Council Conclusions on Reinforcing the Union's Disaster Response Capacity – towards an integrated approach to managing disasters Pdf file

 

European Parliament resolutions

21/09/2010
EP resolution on Community approach on the prevention of natural and man-made disasters

19/06/2008
European Parliament resolution on stepping up the Union's disaster response capacity

 

Other documents

01/06/2012
Commission Staff Working Document on EU Host Nation Support Guidelines Pdf file

21/12/2010
Commission Staff Working Paper on Risk Assessment and Mapping Guidelines for Disaster Management Pdf file

26/10/2010
COM(2010)600 Communication Towards a stronger European disaster response: the role of civil protection and humanitarian assistance

23/02/2009
COM(2009)82 Communication on a Community approach on the prevention of natural and man-made disasters

05/03/2008
COM(2008)130 Communication on Reinforcing the Union's Disaster Response Capacity Pdf file

14/12/2007
Commission Staff Working Document SEC(2007)1721 Towards Better Protecting Citizens against Disaster Risks: Strengthening Early Warning Systems in Europe Pdf file