European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations

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Civil protection

EU Civil Protection exercise in Austria: rescue teams looking for survivors of the disaster. © European Union/ECHO/Oerk

Civil protection assistance consists of governmental aid delivered in preparation for or immediate aftermath of a disaster in Europe and worldwide. Aid takes the form of in-kind assistance, deployment of specially-equipped teams, or experts assessing and coordinating support right in the field. When a disaster overwhelms a country’s ability to contain it, other participating states step in and provide assistance. All EU Member States, as well as Iceland, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia and Turkey are participating states to the Union Civil Protection Mechanism.

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Last updated
18/02/2019