Council adopts new Union Civil Protection Mechanism
EU News 522/2013
COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
Brussels, 16 December 2013
The Council adopted today a decision on a Union Civil Protection Mechanism (PE-CONS 97/13).
The new legal instrument, based for the first time on Article 196 TFEU relating to civil protection, will improve the effectiveness of systems preventing, preparing for and responding to natural and man-made disasters of all kinds within and outside the EU. The Union Mechanism is a visible expression of European solidarity, supporting, complementing and facilitating the coordination of member states' actions in the field of civil protection. It will bring better predictability and quality of assistance, and increased cost-efficiency by means of scale and complementarity. The decision guarantees funding for the Union Civil Protection Mechanism for the next seven years.
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