The 2015 call for proposals for buffer capacities refers to action 2.9 of the Work Programme 2015, aimed at addressing temporary shortcomings of response capacities in extraordinary disasters.
Decision No 1313/2013/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 establishes a European Emergency Response Capacity (EERC) in the form a voluntary pool of pre-committed response capacities of the Participating States and sets out the eligibility for European financial assistance for developing the EERC. Specifically, it opens the possibility for European financial assistance to make available capacities (hereafter "buffer capacities"), which would contribute to addressing temporary shortcomings of response capacities in extraordinary disaster situations. These buffer capacities would be registered in the voluntary pool and would be available for Union Mechanism deployments under the same general terms as other capacities registered in the voluntary pool.
Up to a maximum of 40% of the eligible costs of ensuring rapid access to buffer capacities may be covered through the EU grant. In addition, 100% of total eligible costs of designing, preparing, negotiating, concluding and managing the contracts or arrangements, as well as the costs of developing standard operating procedures and exercises to ensure the effective use of buffer capacities may be covered under the EU grant.
The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of buffer capacities is EUR 3 800 000.
The buffer capacities should be available for the period from 15 June 2016 to 15 September 2016.
The objective is:
To contribute to addressing temporary shortcomings in extraordinary disasters.
The expected result is:
To establish stand-by availability of certain response capacities and rapid access to these capacities, in accordance with Article 21(2)(d) of the Decision No 1313/2013/EU.
Types of activities expected are:
Maximum of two modules (or equivalent) of aerial forest fire fighting using planes stationed/ on stand-by in Southern Europe are priorities for buffer capacities.
The two modules (or equivalent) of aerial forest fire fighting using planes should be strategically positioned to allow for quick and effective deployment to different parts of the risk prone area in Southern Europe.
The expected activities related to the two modules (or equivalent) of aerial forest fire fighting using planes may include:
- preparatory work on the design, preparation, negotiation, conclusion and management of contracts or arrangements to ensure the stand-by availability of the necessary response capacities;
- grant agreements, framework contracts, framework partnership ensuring the stand-by availability of these capacities; and
- development of standard operational procedures to ensure the effective use of these capacities, agreements or similar arrangements.
THE DEADLINE FOR THE SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS IS 25 SEPTEMBER 2015
(DEADLINE EXTENDED; ORIGINAL DEADLINE WAS 4 SEPTEMBER 2015)
The detailed criteria for applying for funding under this call, i.e. the Grant application guide for buffer capacities 2015, the Grant application Administrative and Technical, and Financial Forms 2015, the Statement and Model Mono-beneficiary Grant Agreement or Model Multi-beneficiary Grant Agreement are available by clicking on the corresponding links.
Please click on the following links for further documents in relation to grant agreements to be funded under this Call for proposals: Financial Statement + Guidelines for completing financial statement, Audit Certificate, Guidelines for technical report, Questions and Answers.
An information session on the re-published call has taken place on Thursday 9 July 2015, 10:00 – 11:00 at DG ECHO, ERCC, Rue Joseph II 79 (visitors' entrance), 1049 Brussels, Belgium.