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Projects on prevention and preparedness

ECHO, Civil Protection Financial Instrument The Call for Proposal: Projects on prevention and preparedness was published in the framework of the Civil Protection Financial Instrument of the European Union.

The objective of the Civil Protection Financial Instrument is to support the efforts of Member States to protect primarily people, but also the environment and property, including cultural heritage, in the event of natural and man-made disasters, acts of terrorism and technological, radiological or environmental accidents including accidental marine pollution. It also aims to encourage more cooperation between the Member States on civil protection and marine pollution.

The priorities of the current Call for Proposals of the Civil Protection Financial Instrument are:

(A) Prevention Projects

(B) Preparedness Projects

The target groups for the results of this Civil Protection Financial Instrument’s call for proposal are people, environments, properties and cultural heritages living or dwelling in the EU.

Eligible participants within this Civil Protection Financial Instrument’s call for proposal are legal persons (public or private) from one of the 27 EU Member States, the three EFTA/EEA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

The eligible actions that can be funded within this Civil Protection Financial Instrument’s call for proposal are:

For prevention projects:
• Actions assessing the costs and benefits of risk prevention measures.
• Actions developing risk assessments, hazard identification and risk modelling, including actions linked to the development of risk management plans.                 
• Actions developing innovative solutions for financing disaster prevention.
For preparedness projects:

• Actions aimed at cross-border civil protection and marine pollution cooperation for direct response to natural and man-made disasters, which may affect critical cross-border infrastructures between two participating countries or which require specific technical skills or know-how;
• Actions aimed at enhancing operational cooperation in the European Civil  Protection Mechanism, enabling participating states to develop, exercise and register multinational modules (composed of personnel from at least two Participating States);
• Actions aimed at increasing the participating states preparedness for the coastal consequences of marine pollution accidents.
• Actions aimed at increasing the Participating States' preparedness for receiving assistance.
• Actions aimed at using and developing e-learning tools for spreading knowledge     about civil protection and marine pollution in Participating States.
• Actions aimed at limiting the consequences of emergencies through sharing experience and best practices on developing and making use of situational reports.

The total budget available for this Civil Protection Financial Instrument’s call for proposal amounts to EUR 2 000 000. The maximum co-funding rate is 75 % of total eligible costs, with a maximum of € 500 000 of EU contribution for each proposal financed

The deadline for submitting proposals in the framework of the current Call for Proposals in the framework of the Civil Protection Financial Instrument is 31 May 2012.

Further information on the current Call for Proposals of the Civil Protection Financial Instrument is available at: http://ec.europa.eu/echo/funding/opportunities/calls/proposals_cpfi_popp_en.htm

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