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Prevention and preparedness projects in civil protection and marine pollution



EU Member States are facing a wide range of disasters every year, including floods, forest fires, earthquakes and various technological, radiological and environmental accidents. One way to protect the EU from the effects of disasters is to enhance prevention and preparedness in European civil protection. This Call for proposals will help to fund activities aimed at closer cooperation in prevention, preparedness and awareness-raising in civil protection and marine pollution .  Prevention means any action aimed at reducing risks or mitigating adverse consequences of disasters for people, the environment and property, including cultural heritage.  Prevention projects support and complement the efforts of participating states in the field of disaster prevention, focusing on areas where cooperation provides added value.Prevention projects also support the EU candidate countries and potential candidates not participating in the Mechanism  and the European Neighbourhood Policy countries  in the field of disaster prevention within the Union Civil Protection Mechanism and its participating states.Prevention priorities1. Actions on the economics of investing in disaster risk prevention, including costs and benefits of risk prevention measures, and the “risk-proofing" of public and/or private investments and strategies.2. Actions (guidelines, studies, workshops, and  exchange of experience) on the development of urban resilience strategies, including community and local-based disaster risk reduction actions and tools and guidelines for urban risk assessment, taking into account existing international initiatives in this field (e.g. UNISDR resilient cities campaign) and climate change adaptation strategies.3. Actions on the governance of risk management practices, including the integration of disaster risk assessments into the planning process and cross-border and cross-sectorial risk management practices for sustainable development.  Preparedness projectsCreate better prerequisites for, and improve preparedness, as well as enhance awareness of, civil protection and/or marine pollution professionals and volunteers. Support and complement the efforts of the participating states for the protection of citizens, environment and property in the event of natural and man-made disasters, technical, radiological or environmental incidents and dealing with the consequences of acts of terrorism and facilitate reinforced cooperation between the participating states in the field of preparedness in civil protection and/or marine pollution.Exchange of information, experience, good practice and knowledge aimed at improving the performance of parties involved in civil protection (both private and public professionals and volunteers.)Support the EU candidate countries and potential candidates not participating in the Mechanism  and European Neighbourhood Policy  countries in the field of disaster preparedness and enhance their cooperation within the Union Civil Protection Mechanism and its participating states. Priorities1. Actions aimed at improving cross border civil protection and marine pollution cooperation, including regional cooperation, regarding interoperability and preparedness for, direct response to and reducing impacts of natural and man-made disasters. Specific focus areas include better planning, preparing for CBRN events and mass evacuation. 2. Actions aimed at enhancing operational cooperation in the framework of the Mechanism, enabling countries to develop, exercise and register multinational assets.  3. Actions aimed at increasing the countries’ preparedness for reception of international assistance in the context of the EU Host Nation Support Guidelines .


Budget preventionA) Internal Budget item: EUR 3 600 000 B) External Budget item:  EUR 1 000 000 for projects covering the European Neighbourhood Policy countries and EU candidate countries and potential candidates not participating in the Mechanism The maximum EU co-funding rate (percentage of the eligible costs according to the project budget) is up to 75 % of total eligible costs per proposal with a maximum EU contribution of EUR 500 000 for each proposal financed.  Budget preparednessA) Internal Budget item: EUR 3 600 000 B) External Budget item: EUR 1 000 000 for projects covering the European Neighbourhood Policy countries and EU candidate countries and potential candidates not participating in the Mechanism  


 In order to be eligible for a grant, applicants must:1. be legal persons, 2. belong to one of the following categories: private entities, public entities, or international organisations as defined by Article 43 of the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1268/2012 of 29 October 2012 on the rules of application of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union ('Rules of Application'). If the successful applicant is an international organisation, the grant agreement template may be adjusted where need be;3. be legal entities having a legal or capital link with applicants, which is neither limited to the action nor established for the sole purpose of the implementation of the action, may take part in the action as affiliated entities, and may declare eligible costs as specified in chapter 17.2 for that purpose, applicants shall identify such affiliated entities in the application form);4. be established in one of the 28 EU Member States or in one of the two eligible EFTA/EEA countries (Iceland and Norway); 5. for projects under the External budget item , be established in eligible third countries which are:- The EU candidate countries and potential candidates which are not yet participating states to the Mechanism: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia,  Kosovo , Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey;- Eastern Neighbourhood countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine;- Southern Neighbourhood countries : Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia.Important: eligible third countries can participate in the consortium implementing project proposals under the External budget item but cannot be the entity submitting the application to the European Commission and cannot be the project coordinator as defined below. Applications submitted by third countries which are not participating states to the Mechanism will be therefore disqualified and will not be evaluated.6. be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the project with their partners organisations (beneficiaries), i.e. not acting as an intermediary;7. notify their national competent authority (applies only to the coordinator) of their proposal in order to ensure consistency between activities financed at EU level and national civil protection and marine pollution policies. With their proposals, applicants must enclose supporting documents (Form A8) showing that they notified the national authority in writing before submitting the proposal to the Commission. This does not apply to international organisations.cEuropean Commission, see: http://ec.europa.eu/echo/civil_protection/civil/vademecum/menu/5.html#n… 

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Questions of clarification may be sent by e-mail no later than 26/05/ 2014 to ECHO-A5@ec.europa.eu. Proposals submitted to the Commission remain the property of the Commission and will not be returned. The Commission has no obligation to provide further clarifications after this date. Replies will be given no later than 28/05/2014. In the interest of equal treatment of applicants, the Commission cannot give a prior opinion on the eligibility of an applicant, a partner, a project or specific activities. Questions that may be relevant to other applicants, together with the answers (Q&A), will be published on the internet at http://ec.europa.eu/echo/funding/opportunities/proposals_en.htm. It is therefore highly recommended to regularly consult the abovementioned website in order to be informed of the questions and answers published.  Alle info op http://ec.europa.eu/echo/funding/opportunities/calls/2014_call_prevprep…

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