On 19 January 2016, the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) held an Information Day in Brussels, Belgium focusing on its work programme for civil protection.
The aim of the Information Day is to familiarise organisations and authorities interested in applying for funding opportunities with the "Civil Protection Work Programme 2016". Useful guidance on the preparation of applications for proposals and tenders to be published in 2016 is also given.
Funding opportunities for a number of activities such as projects on prevention and preparedness, exercises on modules and buffer capacities are available via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.
Some Mechanism activities are now extended to the Eastern and Southern Neighbourhood countries and to EU candidate and potential candidate countries which are not yet members of the Mechanism. The new initiatives should provide for direct cooperation between the Mechanism's Participating States and the neighbouring countries in the field of disaster management, and should complement the activities financed by the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) and the European Neighbourhood Policy Instrument (ENPI).
In order to ensure that the proposals and tenders comply with the required quality standards and to increase their success rate, the Commission informs potential applicants on the technical and administrative requirements and criteria applicable at the Information Day.
Supporting relevant, innovative and cost-effective proposals is essential to allow a successful implementation of the Commission's policy objectives.
The Information Day is intended for representatives of stakeholders in the field of civil protection (national administrations, regional and local authorities, private sector, non-governmental organizations, academies, research institutes).