Opinion Factsheet  

A reinforced Union civil protection mechanism

Opinion Number: CDR 3164/2020
Rapporteur: CIRIO Alberto
Commission: NAT
Status: Adopted
Date: 14/10/2020

The Union Civil Protection Mechanism has proven to be a useful tool to mobilise and coordinate the assistance provided by the Participating States, as tangible proof of European solidarity. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown the need for better European Union preparedness for future large-scale emergencies while highlighting the limitations of the current framework. Therefore, CoR:
calls for significant strengthening of the emergency and disaster response capacities of the EU, with the involvement of national, local and regional emergency response structures as well as for the full involvement of local and regional authorities in the EU decision-making process;
emphasises that swift agreement on and adoption of the EU budget is of the essence for the EU to be better equipped to prepare for and respond to any future large-scale emergencies;
stresses that a long-term commitment and reinforcement is needed to further reinforce the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and its instruments, such as rescEU and the European Medical Corps.