10/11/2011 — In view of the forthcoming new legislation on civil protection, DG ECHO has carried out an evaluation of its actions undertaken between 2007 and 2009 in the field of prevention, preparedness and response to disasters.
The Commission concludes, among other things, that the European cooperation and coordination in the field of civil protection has been successful and has made substantial progress over the years. Nevertheless, there is still unused potential. Disaster prevention policy, for example, should be further strengthened in order to address the cross-cutting disaster prevention aspects in different EU policy fields (environment, security, health) and facilitate co-operation among Participating States in the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.
The evaluation also concludes that the current ad hoc nature of the EU disaster response needs to shift to a more predictable system, where advance planning allows core assets to be available for immediate deployment.
Finally, further simplification of the transport co-financing provisions and considerations on improving the access to transport assets were identified in the evaluation document.