Support of the UCPM

The strengths of the European Civil Protection Mechanism

Following their involvement in the PPRD South 3 project, the partner countries of the programme have the option of requesting certain terms of the European Civil Protection Mechanism.

Given the increase in disasters in recent years, it is in the common interest to promote cooperation on risk management, information sharing, to reduce the destructive effects of such events. This is what is at stake in the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM), which is activated in the event of an emergency when the response capabilities of the affected country are exceeded. The UCPM brings together the civil protection capacities and competences of all Member States to enhance and optimise disaster preparedness, risk forecasting and emergency assistance.



The year of its creation

1 coordination center

emergency response (ERCC)

34 Member States

of which 28 EU countries and 6 participating States (Iceland, Norway, Serbia, Northern Macedonia, Montenegro, Turkey)

A status of “associated country”

As Southern Neighborhood States of Europe, the PPRD South 3 partner countries cannot be an integral part of the UCPM.  Since 2013, however, they have been able to participate in a special collaboration with Europe and its Mechanism: participation in joint exercises or projects, exchange of experts, etc. Their engagement with PPRD South 3 allows them to access a number of UCPM utilities.

MEPC-related activities in European neighbourhood countries in 2019 (daily update)

ERCC (European Emergency Response Coordination Centre)

Coordination platform between UCPM Member States, the affected country and experts in civil protection and humanitarian aid.  Some of the utilities implemented by UCPM are available to PPRD South 3 partner countries on the ERCC Internet portal:

EFFIS (European Forest Fire Information System)

Information and forecasting system on forest fires in Europe: weather indicator, risk areas, location of hotspots, rapid assessment of damage, pooling of human forces and means of control, etc.

EFAS (European Flood Awareness System)

Early warning and awareness system to anticipate floods throughout Europe, especially in large national and transnational river basins: meteorological and hydrological data, predictive scenarios, etc.


Weather warning system to anticipate the occurrence of potentially dangerous phenomena in Europe: heavy rain, severe thunderstorms, stormy winds, heat waves, snow, extreme cold…

CECIS (Common Emergency Communication and Information System) Marine Pollution

Common information system in the event of accidental marine pollution in the Mediterranean. It improves the coordination of requests and offers for assistance in emergency situations.

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