Parliament adopts European Solidarity Corps: volunteering abroad reached general consensus

On March 12, the European Parliament adopted its position on the European Solidarity Corps (ESC), a new European Union initiative that seeks to create opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in another EU country. It will now be possible for disadvantaged young people to take part in the programme also in their home country on projects that benefit communities and people around Europe.

Actions covered include activities such as helping children and the elderly, assisting in centres for asylum seekers or helping to prevent natural disasters or rebuild afterwards. By integrating the former separate EU Aid Volunteers initiative into the European Solidarity Corps, a new field of action was created for the ESC, namely the support of humanitarian aid activities in third countries. This leads to additional organizational synergies and cost savings.

The programme will provide opportunities for over 350,000 participants between 2021 and 2027, and builds on the successful pilot launched in 2016. It aims to strengthen the spirit of solidarity among participants and encourage them to continue expressing their solidarity throughout their entire lives.

The overall budget available for the implementation of the European Solidarity Corps is set at €1.3 billion for the period 2021-2027. 86% of the budget for activities will be dedicated to volunteering, the rest for jobs and traineeships and volunteering in humanitarian aid.

The European Solidarity Corps is merging several EU volunteering and solidarity traineeships/jobs schemes into one single programme acting as a "one stop shop" for all solidarity related opportunities for young people.”

As for next steps, the final text must be negotiated and agreed with the Council under the next parliamentary term. 

PSCE is pleased to announce its Spring Conference in Lancaster

After the success from our Conference in Bled, Slovenia, we are delighted to announce the 20th edition of the PSCE Conference. Taking place in the charming city of Lancaster, United Kingdom, this Conference will be held in collaboration with the University of Lancaster, on 4-6 June 2019.

As PSCE pledges to keep up-to-date with current tendencies within the safety and security industry, this year’s Spring Conference will cover topics such as Internet of Things (IoT), Flash Flooding, Cybersecurity and many other subjects which will be announced shortly, along with the publication of the agenda.

Following the fashion of our past events, the Lancaster Conference will provide a selective stage for experts to share experiences and challenges facing the security and safety industry today, but also solutions to address possible concerns.

Overall, our Conference in Lancaster will offer unparalleled intelligence and networking opportunities for professionals across the industry, and also the occasion to showcase products and services that will contribute to better respond to disasters and preparedness within a community. Finally, PSCE will also organise a market place in order to enhance discussions and cooperation between the three PSCE communities – industry, research and users. The goal is to organise discussions around topics and ideas that could potentially lead to business developments or project ideas (funded projects).

Council adopts rescEU, strengthening emergency support to Member States  

After the green light from the European Parliament, on March 7, the Council adopted a decision to amend the EU civil protection mechanism. The act foresees the setting-up of an additional pool of resources, rescEU, to provide assistance in situations where overall existing capacities are insufficient.

Overall, rescEU will include in particular aerial means to combat forest fires, as well as resources to respond to medical emergencies and to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incidents. The decision will also strengthen the existing voluntary pool of national capacities.

As for next steps, the decision will be formally signed by the Council and the European Parliament this week. The signed text will then be published in the EU Official Journal and will enter into force the following day.

The decision includes a number of new provisions that will help Member States boost existing capacities and contribute more to the European Civil Protection Pool such as: co-financing 75% to upgrade their national capacities, co-financing the costs incurred for the deployment of assets, the implementation of the European Union Civil Protection Network, The Commission will work with Member States to ensure that investments undertaken with Structural Funds are "disaster proof". This means that they will have to take into account the risk assessments that Member States provide.

According to the February's  press release from the Parliament, “the law also sets up, upon Parliament’s request, a “RescEU” reserve of resources, such as forest fire-fighting planes, high-capacity pumps, field hospitals and emergency medical teams, for use in all kinds of emergencies.” Additionally, MEPs also succeeded in strengthening the European Union Civil Protection Knowledge Network, allowing all disaster response actors to stay up-to-date and to speak "the same technical language".

The Union Civil Protection Mechanism ('the Union Mechanism') governed by Decision No 1313/2013/EU of the European Parliament and the Council strengthens cooperation between the Union and the Member States and facilitates coordination in the field of civil protection in order to improve the Union's response to natural and man-made disasters.

The budgetary impact of rescEU is estimated at an additional €280 million for the remaining Multiannual Financial Framework period (2018-2020).

Second Public Warning Workshop in Helsinki

HOW TO IMPLEMENT ARTICLE 110 OF THE ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS CODE

GETTING IT RIGHT FIRST TIME

2nd Workshop

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What: 1 Day Workshop

When: 8 October 2019

Where: Finnish Ministry of Interior - Kirkkokatu 12, HELSINKI (Meeting room Kruunu)

Entry fee: 300€ (incl VAT, if number available) or 363€ (without VAT number) 

This second workshop will build towards a proven, successful approach that takes participants through the process of design to delivery of their own PWS. We offer a total package that shows delegates how to manage the essential combination of technical and non-technical. In the first workshop we explained the structured approach to design assurance. This upcoming workshop will demonstrate:

  • the critical steps needed for Ministerial approval in terms of project implementation governance
  • legal liabilities
  • political risk
  • operational performance standards
  • options for sustainable funding

    The purpose of this workshop series is to help national project teams with advancing the process for design through to delivery of their Public Warning System to achieve full compliance with Article 110 EECC by June 2022. The first one was held on the 16th of May in Brussels. The workshops are based on the experience and learning from leading Australia's equivalent ("Emergency Alert") Public Warning System and focus on the benefits of an outcomes-driven and requirements-led approach against which to evaluate the best available different available technologies. We will explain how to create value for money and a greater return on investment by delivering a single architecture that provides a common platform for multiple operational requirements.

This workshop complements the PSCE White Paper "HOW TO IMPLEMENT ARTICLE 110 OF THE ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS CODE - GETTING IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME".

CiProVot’s newsletter announces report on the outcomes of the Civil Protection Volunteers’ skills on risk prevention and management

On its latest newsletter, CiProVot, the Civil Protection Volunteers Training, has recently launched its report delivering the results of the research carried out in Italy, Portugal, Greece, United Kingdom and Belgium on Civil Protection volunteers’ skills and needs about the prevention and management of natural disasters.

The objective of the report is to provide a summary of the various institutional and operational set-ups of the Civil Protection systems in Europe; to collect best practices existing in Europe in the field of Civil Protection and to investigate on the lacking competences and needs of Civil Protection Volunteers in order to develop a common approach to be used in Europe in case of emergency.

Training methodology for Civil Protection volunteers and interviews with experts

The project partners are now working on the creation of the training methodology, which will be the basis for the development of the content for the second international training (Foligno- Italy, June 2019) and the online training course (MOOC) for Civil Protection volunteers (September/December 2019).

A first draft of the methodology has already been shared among partners and at least 3 Civil Protection experts have been interviewed in each partner Country. They were asked to contribute/give feedback to the first draft of the training methodology in order to guarantee the quality and innovation of the training package that will be developed thanks to the project.

Next steps

In the next few months, the training content for the second international training and the CiProVoT online training platform will be developed. It will be accessible to all Civil Protection experts and volunteers, as well as those interested in this sector.

Should you be interested in participating in the second international training with other European volunteers or attending the online training course for Civil Protection volunteers and experts do not hesitate to get in touch with CiProVot through this link.