The following proposals have been selected and will be financed by the civil protection financial instrument:
The call for proposals for Civil Protection Mechanism Exercises 2012 refers to action 2.1.2 of the Work Programme 2012 and aims to support exercises simulating the situation and conditions of major emergencies (due to natural, and man-made disasters) which will require the activation of the European Civil Protection Mechanism, and the involvement of Participating States through the MIC, mainly with deployment of intervention teams (including modules), teams of experts, national key contact point staff, officials of the Institutions and other intervention support.
Commission Decision 2004/277/EC, Euratom of 29 December 2003 defines the target group of the exercises (Article 22) and the Exercise aims (Article 24).
The target group, all individuals and teams that participate in civil protection assistance interventions, is stated explicitly in section 3.2.7 of the Grant Application Guide (see below).
The exercise aims (Article 24) are reproduced below:
"The exercises shall, in particular with regard to the target group set out in Article 22(a), aim at :
The financing of exercises is secured through the Civil Protection Financial Instrument established with Council Decision 2007/162/EC, Euratom; maximum co-funding rate is established in 85% of eligible costs, with a maximum of Euro 1.000.000 for each proposal financed.
The objectives are:
To improve civil protection preparedness and response to all kinds of emergencies, including marine pollution, chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear emergencies, as well as combined emergencies and emergencies simultaneously affecting a number of countries (inside or outside the EU) by providing a testing environment of established and/or new operational concepts and procedures of the Mechanism and a learning opportunity for all actors involved in civil protection assistance interventions under the Civil Protection Mechanism.
The expected results are:
The existing procedures for the various elements of the Civil Protection Mechanism are improved and new procedures, where needed, are established.
The interoperability of intervention teams is improved as the result of the exercise; in particular this will mean quicker dispatch time, improved cooperation arrangements, better communication between headquarters and field, identification of shortcomings in the existing structures.
Participating States are aware and prepared to receive and to provide assistance trough the Mechanism.
Types of exercises
Eligible projects to be co-financed under this call for proposals will comprise one of the following types of civil protection exercises:
In all types of the above exercises, at least two coordination levels [operational centre level (at EU and at Participating State level) and field level] should be exercised.
The general notice for the 2012 Call for Proposals was published in the Official Journal of the European Union of 25.05.2012, C 147/04 . The detailed criteria for applying for funding under this call, i.e. the Grant application guide for Exercises 2012 and the Grant application Administrative, Technical and Financial Forms 2012 are available by clicking on the corresponding links.
Please click on the following links for more information on the grant agreement governing the action grants funded under the Civil Protection Financial Instrument: Common Provisions , Grant Agreement and Special Provisions , and Annex II .
Please click on the following links for further documents in relation to grant agreements to be funded under this Call for proposals: Annex III (Financial Statement + Guidelines for completing the financial statement ), Annex IV (Audit Certificate - Guidelines + Model Certificate ), Guidelines to partnership agreement .
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