RescEU’s budget to be reinforced with 2 billion euros over 2021-2027

The Crisis Management Commissioner Janez Lenarcic announced on June 2 that the budget of rescEU - part of the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism - will be significantly reinforced with €2 billion over 2021-2027 to create reserves of strategic equipment to cover health emergencies, forest fire outbreaks, chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear incidents or other major emergencies. As such the total budget for the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism will top €3,1 billion

“When the coronavirus hit Europe, there was a lack of many kinds of medical equipment across Member States. Yet the EU did not have the power or the means to offer equipment; we could only encourage cooperation. Citizens expect the EU to act during a crisis. We all need to be better prepared and learn the lessons. rescEU will be massively strengthened to leave no EU country behind during a crisis,” said Lenarcic.

Under the Commission’s proposal:

  • The EU will create a reserve of crisis response capacities (including medical equipment, medical evacuation planes, field hospitals, firefighting planes and helicopters) at EU level that can be mobilised quickly for use in all Member States.
  • The EU will, for the first time, be able to directly procure equipment, ensuring a safety net of emergency response assets that can support Member States in overwhelming crisis situations. 
  • The EU will fully finance the development and operational costs of rescEU capabilities.
  • The Commission has also proposed a substantial boost of its global humanitarian budget by €5 billion, allocating in total €14,8 billion to better respond to growing needs worldwide in the next EU long-term budget 2021-2027.

Webinar: Funding Opportunities for Disaster Resilience, May 20th

On May 20th, don’t miss PSCE’s president David Lund and PSCE’s Secretary-General Marie-Christine Bonnamour presenting the webinar “Pre-normative research and demonstration for disaster-resilient societies. Sub-topic 3: First aids vehicles deployment, training, maintenance, logistic and remote centralized coordination means”, organised by the project SEREN4.

The webinar, from 14h until 15h, will cover important aspects that will help proposal developers to better design their bids and in line with the current needs of the safety and security sector in the area of disaster resilience.

SEREN4 consortium is gathering the national points of contact for secure societies. You can register for the webinar here.

PSCE Webinars

20 November 2020 - Use Cases and Scenarios for Good Practitioner-led innovation in PPDR

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30 June 2020 - Managing COVID-19: What were the challenges for European PPDR Organisations?

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23 June 2020 - Crisis Management, Surveillance, and Digital Ethics in the COVID-19 Era

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07 May 2020 - Phasing out of confinement measures: How can IT Tools help make the transition?

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PSCE’s successful social tracing webinar!

Public Safety Communications Europe (PSCE) is happy to announce that the webinar “Phasing out of the confinement measures – How can IT tools help make the transition?” on May 7, was a big success!

Our speakers - Ms Martina Karl, from the Technical University of Munich, Mr Gerry Foitik, from the Austrian Red Cross, and Mr Peter Eberl, Deputy Head of Cybersecurity and Digital Privacy, DG CONNECT - were very eloquent and articulated, allowing the public to be more informed about the social tracing topic, in particular regarding privacy issues related to the mobile applications used to tackle the corona virus. Besides principles and general features, details were also provided on the implementation of the STOPP CORONA app set-up by the Austrian Red Cross that went live on March 25.

Overall, we welcomed nearly 100 enthusiastic participants - amongst them18 Member States were represented - who stated the webinar as being “very useful and informative”. During the webinar and after each speaker finished presenting, PSCE moderated a small forum of Q&A. 

In the meantime, stay tuned for our second webinar, we will shortly announce more details!

PSCE Webinar - 7 May 2020

Phasing out of confinement measures: How can IT Tools help make the transition? 


When: 7 May 2020 at 11am CET (duration: 1h)


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about the Webinar

Mobile apps have potential to enhance contact tracing strategies to contain and reverse the spread of COVID-19. EU Member States are converging towards effective app solutions that minimise the processing of personal data, and recognise that interoperability between these apps can support public health authorities and support the reopening of the EU’s internal borders. PSCE is organising a webinar to provide an overview on this topic and to show examples of apps designed and implemented at national level.


11.00: Welcome by PSCE
11.05: Introduction on the EU guidance (Peter Eberl Deputy Head of Cybersecurity and Digital Privacy Unit in DG CNECT)
11.20: Preserving Privacy with a decentralized digital contact tracing service (Martina Karl - Technical University of Munich)
11.35: First results of the implementation of STOPP CORONA app in Austria (Gerry Foitik - Austrian Red Cross)
11.50: Q&A
12.00: Closing

The WEBINAR is free of charge and will take place on WEBEX. You will be provided with the link once you register.

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