The 2017 call for proposals for buffer capacities refers to action 2.9 of the Work Programme 2017, aimed at addressing temporary shortcomings of response capacities in extraordinary disasters.
Decision No 1313/2013/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 establishes a European Emergency Response Capacity (EERC) in the form a voluntary pool of pre-committed response capacities of the Participating States and sets out the eligibility for financial assistance for developing the EERC. Specifically, it opens the possibility for financial assistance to make available capacities additional to Participating States' existing capacities (hereafter "buffer capacities"), which would contribute to addressing temporary shortcomings of response capacities in extraordinary disaster situations. These buffer capacities would be registered in the voluntary pool and would be available for Union Mechanism deployments under the same general terms as other capacities registered in the voluntary pool.
Up to a maximum of 40% of the eligible costs of ensuring rapid access to buffer capacities may be covered through the EU grant. In addition, 100% of total eligible costs of designing, preparing, negotiating, concluding and managing the contracts or arrangements, as well as the costs of developing standard operating procedures and exercises to ensure the effective use of buffer capacities may be covered under the EU grant.
The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of buffer capacities is EUR 2 400 000.
The objective is:
To contribute to addressing temporary shortcomings in extraordinary disasters
The expected result is:
To establish stand-by availability of certain response capacities and rapid access to these capacities, in accordance with Article 21(2)(d) of the Decision No 1313/2013/EU.
Types of activity: expected are:
A maximum of three response capacities of any of the following types:
As detailed in the Work Programme 2017 the expected activities related to response capacities may include:
THE DEADLINE FOR THE SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS IS 6 February 2017