The call for proposals for Civil Protection Mechanism Exercises 2013 refers to action 2.1.2 of the Work Programme 2013 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 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 :
(a) Improving the response capacity and providing the necessary practice of the teams meeting the criteria for participation in civil protection assistance interventions;
(b) Improving and verifying the procedures and establishing a common language for the coordination of civil protection assistance interventions and reducing the response time in major emergencies;
(c) Enhancing operational cooperation between the civil protection services of the participating States;
(d) Sharing lessons learned."
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.
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.
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 DEADLINE FOR THE SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS IS 24 JUNE 2013
The recording of 2013 Information Day is available on the webcast portal.
The detailed criteria for applying for funding under this call, i.e. the Grant application guide for Exercises 2013 , Exercise Concept and the Grant application Administrative, Technical , Financial Forms 2013 and Model 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: Annex VII (Financial Statement + Guidelines for completing financial statement ), Annex IV (Audit Certificate , Guidelines and Template Audit Certificate ), Annex V Guidelines for technical report .