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What is the European Civil Protection Forum?

The European Civil Protection Forum is the largest recurring public event on European civil protection cooperation. It is organised every two years by the European Commission's Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department (ECHO).

The event brings together the European civil protection community to take stock of common achievements in the disaster risk management field, share best practices and ideas, and discuss ways of addressing new challenges together.

The Forum is also an important tool for strengthening cooperation with international partners and the European neighbourhood.

European Civil Protection Forum 2018

The 6th European Civil Protection Forum will be held in Brussels on 5-6 March 2018 and will bring together representatives from governments, academia, civil protection authorities, first responders, international organisations, European Institutions and other stakeholders to share experiences and formulate recommendations for strengthening the implementation of the Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM).

The central theme of the 2018 Forum is "Civil Protection in a Changing Risk Landscape" and will provide an opportunity to reflect on the current and future role of the UCPM at a time when changes in the global risk landscape are already affecting the mandate of civil protection authorities, at local, regional, national and European level.

The 2018 Civil Protection Forum will aim to:

  • Provide a space for discussing with the main stakeholders of the UCPM on pressing policy questions which are likely to shape future development of the UCPM
  • Serve as a sounding board for new ideas and developments in the sphere of civil protection and disaster risk management, including cooperation at EU level and with neighbouring countries beyond 2020
  • Facilitate networking, mutual learning and cooperation within the European civil protection community

The programme of the Forum and further information on the exhibition will be available on this website shortly.

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