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Provisional agreement made to create rescEU: a strengthened EU Civil Protection Mechanism

The European Union has moved closer to creating an EU-wide coordinated disaster response capability, called rescEU. rescEU will strengthen the existing EU Civil Protection Mechanism, providing standby resources to respond to floods, wildfires or other incidents which overwhelm national response resources.

On December 12th 2018 the European Parliament and the Council of the EU announced that provisional agreement had been reached to move forward with rescEU. This agreement will have to be formally approved by both institutions.

Under the provisional agreement the EU will:

  • Co-finance the operational costs of rescEU capacities when used for the EU's Civil Protection Mechanism operations;
  • Co-finance the development of rescEU capacities;
  • *Increase financial support for capacities registered in the European Civil Protection Pool, including for adaptation, repair, operational costs (inside the EU) and transport costs (outside the EU).

The EU will also step up support for Member States to improve their disaster risk management:

  • Establishing a simplified reporting framework, focusing on key risks of a cross-border nature and risks of low probability with high impact;
  • Providing support to Member States to increase their existing measures through consultation mechanism and, deployment of expert missions and follow-up recommendations;
  • Sharing knowledge and lessons through the setting up of a new EU Civil Protection Knowledge Network.

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