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Civil Protection

Civil protection is now high on the EU agenda and the subject merits its own legal basis; Article 196, in the Lisbon Treaty. This legal basis aims at creating a comprehensive and effective Disaster Management System, as set out in the Stockholm Programme, based on two fundamental principles; on Member States' responsibility for protecting their citizens, as well as on their expression of solidarity towards one another, in the case when national abilities are overwhelmed or when a disaster strikes more than one Member State. The European Council has clearly stated its intention to develop a strategic approach to disaster prevention, while further improving preparedness and response.

During recent years, the world faced major natural and man-made disasters and the EU Member States have been affected. Infrastructure interdependencies and complex emergencies have shown that, without international and regional cooperation, risks cannot be effectively addressed. The Cyprus Presidency will seek to promote closer cooperation among Member States, particularly among those facing common dangers, in order to reduce response time, maximise the effectiveness of EU actions, and cover gaps at the national level. In this respect, special attention should be given to the implementation of the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality, in order to ensure that EU actions relate to the real needs and gaps present at the national level.

Additionally, the Cyprus Presidency, fully recognizing the great value and usefulness of volunteers in relief operations and in the work of rehabilitation, following major disasters and humanitarian crises, intends to put special emphasis on promoting volunteerism.