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Call for proposals for buffer capacities for addressing temporary shortcomings in extraordinary disasters

The 2018 call for proposals for buffer capacities refers to action 2.9 of the Work Programme 2018, aimed at addressing temporary shortcomings of response capacities in extraordinary disasters.

Decision No 1313/2013/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 establishes a European Emergency Response Capacity (EERC) in the form a voluntary pool of pre-committed response capacities of the Participating States and sets out the eligibility for financial assistance for developing the EERC. Specifically, it opens the possibility for financial assistance to make available capacities additional to Participating States' existing capacities (hereafter "buffer capacities"), which would contribute to addressing temporary shortcomings of response capacities in extraordinary disaster situations. These buffer capacities would be registered in the voluntary pool and would be available for Union Mechanism deployments under the same general terms as other capacities registered in the voluntary pool.

Up to a maximum of 40% of the eligible costs of ensuring rapid access to buffer capacities may be covered through the EU grant. In addition, 100% of total eligible costs of designing, preparing, negotiating, concluding and managing the contracts or arrangements, as well as the costs of developing standard operating procedures and exercises to ensure the effective use of buffer capacities may be covered under the EU grant.

The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of buffer capacities is EUR 2 000 000.

The objective is:

To contribute to addressing temporary shortcomings in extraordinary disasters

The expected result is:

To establish stand-by availability of certain response capacities and rapid access to these capacities, in accordance with Article 21(2)(d) of the Decision No 1313/2013/EU.

Types of activity:

A maximum of three response capacities of any of the following types:

  • Flood Containment
  • Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS)
  • Aerial forest fire fighting using planes

As detailed in the Work Programme 2018 the expected activities related to response capacities may include:

i.    preparatory work on the design, preparation, negotiation, conclusion and management of contracts or arrangements to ensure the stand-by availability of the necessary response capacities;

ii.    development of standard operational procedures and exercises to ensure the effective use of these capacities agreements or similar arrangements.

THE DEADLINE FOR THE SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS IS 20 February 2018

The detailed criteria for applying for funding under this call, 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:

Last updated 19/12/2017