Euro-Mediterranean cooperation in the field of Civil Protection (CP) started in 1998, under the umbrella of the Barcelona Process, with two EU-funded programmes: a 5-year Pilot Programme which aimed at improving cooperation in the area of civil protection between EU Member States and the 12 Mediterranean Partners, and the “Bridge” programme, whose objective was to improve the reciprocal knowledge of and strengthen political confidence among the regional Civil Protection partners.
Building on the experience of the previous programmes, with a budget of 5 million Euro, the new 3-year EU-funded Euromed Programme for Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Natural and Man-made Disasters (PPRD South) aims at further improving and building on the results achieved by the previous two programmes by contributing, in particular, to the development in the Mediterranean region of a civil protection culture based on prevention rather than response.
Following a tender procedure, in December 2008 the 36 months service contract for the implementation of the “Euromed Programme on Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Natural and Man-made Disasters” (PPRD South) was signed between EuropeAid and the Consortium established by the Italian Civil Protection Department, as leader, jointly with the Civil Protection Authorities of Egypt and France and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). The Algerian Civil Protection Authority which acted as an associate to the Consortium during the tender procedure, following the signature of the contract, become an official partner in the Consortium.
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