Union Civil Protection Mechanism


The general objective of the Union Civil Protection Mechanism (‘Mechanism’ or ‘UCPM’) is to strengthen the cooperation between the Union and the Member States and to facilitate coordination in the field of civil protection in order to improve the effectiveness of systems for preventing, preparing for and responding to natural and man-made disasters.

Programme Description

The Mechanism supports the efforts of the Member States and the Participating Countries for the protection of people, primarily, but also the environment and property, including cultural heritage, from all kinds of natural and man-made disasters, including the consequences of acts of terrorism, technological, radiological or environmental disasters, marine pollution and health emergencies, occurring inside or outside the Union.

The specific objectives of the program include the achievement of a high level of protection against disasters by preventing or reducing their potential effects, by fostering a culture of prevention as well as by improving cooperation between the civil protection and other relevant services. Furthermore, the program promotes the enhancement of preparing the Member State and Union to respond to disasters and additionally, to facilitate rapid and efficient response in the event of disasters or imminent disasters. Last but not least, the increase of public awareness and preparedness for disasters are of great importance.

Total Budget

€ 2,056 δισ.

Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan

50 – 95%

Thematic Categories

  • Education and training
  • Justice - Security
  • Public Administration
  • Social Affairs & Human Rights

Eligibility for Participation

  • Central Government
  • Educational Institutions
  • International Organisations
  • Large Enterprises
  • Local Authorities
  • NGOs
  • Non Profit Organisations
  • Private Bodies
  • Researchers/Research Centers/Institutions
  • Services Providers
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
  • State-owned Enterprises

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

Civil Defence, Ministry of Interior Affairs
Kyriakos Hadjigeorgiou, Senior Civil Defence Officer
Email: khadjigeorgiou@cd.moi.gov.cy
Contact Phone: +357 22 403448

Programme/Sub-programme/Plan Calls
  • Union Civil Protection Mechanism Exercises


    Code: 3719 | Programme name: Union Civil Protection Mechanism | | Start submission calls: 07/04/2021 | End submission calls: 08/06/2021

    This call supports exercise projects aiming to design, plan, prepare, implement, conduct and evaluate different civil protection activities including a full-scale exercise in a multi-national scenario as the main event of the project. The scenario can simulate the situation and conditions of all types of disasters calling for the activation of the Mechanism, including the main theme and cross-cutting issues.

    The call covers the following topics:

    • UCPM-2021-INT — Topic 1 Full-scale Internal
    • UCPM-2021-EXT — Topic 2 Full-scale External

  • Prevention and Preparedness Projects on Civil Protection and Marine Pollution


    Code: 3721 | Programme name: Union Civil Protection Mechanism | | Start submission calls: 11/03/2021 | End submission calls: 08/06/2021

    This is a call for EU action grants in the field of prevention and preparedness projects on civil protection and marine pollution under the Union Civil Protection Mechanism.

    The call covers the following topics:

    • UCPM-2021-PP-CBR — Prevention and preparedness for cross-border Risks.
    • UCPM-2021-PP-MARIPOL — Prevention and preparedness for marine pollution at-sea and on-shore

  • Network Partnership


    Code: 3723 | Programme name: Union Civil Protection Mechanism | | Start submission calls: 07/04/2021 | End submission calls: 01/06/2021

    The 2021 Call for Proposals on Knowledge Network Partnerships aims to directly contribute to the consolidation and operationalisation of the Union Civil Protection Knowledge Network through financing of projects that will directly support the development of key elements of the Knowledge Network’s governance structure.

    Therefore, projects under the Call for Proposals will establish thematic communities/centres of expertise that will generate, promote, test, exchange and disseminate knowledge, skills, expertise, innovation and scientific evidence in support of the Capacity-Development and Science Pillars of the Knowledge Network.