|Author (Corporate)||Council of the European Union, European Parliament|
|Series Title||Official Journal of the European Union|
|Series Details||L 77I|
Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council of the European Union - formally adopted on 13 March 2019 - which introduces targeted changes to Decision No 1313/2013/EU on the Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM).
Council Decision No 1313/2013/EU governs the EU Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM), aimed at supporting, coordinating and supplementing the action of Member States in the field of civil protection to prevent, prepare for and respond to natural and man-made disasters within and outside the European Union. The UCPM was first established in 2001.
Despite the understanding that the UCPM became a useful tool to mobilise and coordinate the assistance provided by the Participating Countries, different assessments also identified the need for improving the legislation in certain areas, in particular regarding operational experience. This was major factor leading to the targeted revision proposed by the European Commission in November 2017. The initiative aimed at achieving three objectives:
The draft law was published alongside a Communication on 'Strengthening EU Disaster Management'. The European Parliament adopted its position on 31 May 2018, followed by the Council of the European Union on 25 July. An informal agreement between the co-legislators on a compromise text was reached on 12 December. The Parliament formally endorsed the draft law on 12 February 2019, followed by the Council on on 7 March. The act was signed on 13 March by the co-legislators, published in the Official Journal on 20 March and applied from the following day.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Subject Tags||Civil Protection|
|Keywords||EU Civil Protection Mechanism
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|