It ensures that decisions are taken as closely as possible to the citizen and that constant checks are made to verify that action at EU level is justified in light of the possibilities available at
On 20 November 2014, the European Commission, in cooperation with the Belgian Civil Protection and Federal Police, is organising a field exercise close to Antwerp in Belgium. "ARETE 2014" simulates a complex chemical and terrorism emergency including hostage-taking. It will enhance each Member States' capability to deal with major crises and coordinate with each other. ARETE 2014 will also test the coordination between EU crisis management instruments to respond efficiently to disasters. The field exercise will be overseen by Christos Stylianides, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Dimitris Avramopoulos, EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship and Jan Jambon, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of Belgium.