Union Civil Protection Mechanism

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Practical Information

  1. Composition of the study group
  2. Administrator / Assistant in charge: Conrad Ganslandt / Luca Pitrone
  3. Contact


The Union Civil Protection Mechanism currently relies totally on Member States’ resources. As shown in recent months, this system of mutual European solidarity tends to falter if all, or most, Member States are impacted by the same emergency simultaneously and are therefore unable to offer each other assistance.

When emergencies of such magnitude occur, the Union does not currently have sufficient response capacity to address these serious shortcomings. To ensure an effective overall Union response to large-scale emergencies, the Union Mechanism needs to operate in a more flexible and autonomous manner in order to be able to act at Union level, when Member States are overwhelmed and not able to do so.