Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia becomes the 32nd member of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism
10 February 2012 – The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has become the 32nd member of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.
Becoming a Participating State in the Mechanism means a country is plugged into Europe-wide disaster management network and a pool of resources equipped to deal with the full spectrum of disasters.
EU candidate countries can enjoy the benefits of full participation in the Mechanism without being an EU Member State. After Croatia, which became a member of the Mechanism in September 2009, the country is now set to join the Mechanism and enhance its cooperation in disaster management with the EU.
Becoming a Participating State to the Mechanism implies, among others:
Connecting the national civil protection authority with the Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC) of the Commission and with the civil protection authorities in all other Participating States through the Common emergency communication and information system (CECIS);
Cooperation with the European Union and the Mechanism’s Participating States in civil protection assistance intervention in the event of major emergencies;
Involvement in the preparation and execution of programmes and projects of common interest for the Mechanism’s Participating States (transport funding, training, exercises, exchange of experts, etc.).