The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has become the 32nd member of the European Union’s Civil Protection Mechanism which facilitates European cooperation in disaster response.
Joining the EU Civil Protection Mechanism connects a country to a Europe-wide disaster management network and gives it access to a pool of resources for dealing with a wide spectrum of disasters. Candidate countries can enjoy the benefits of full participation in the Mechanism even before joining the EU. The Mechanism’s Participating States benefit from the exchange of knowledge, best practices and flows of information when responding to major emergencies in Europe and elsewhere.
With coordination from the Commission, they help each other and other countries in disaster response.
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has already benefitted from this cooperation in the summer of 2007, when it requested assistance through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism to cope with the outbreak of forest fires.
From now on the country is also eligible to apply for EU financial support for transportation of assistance and to participate in EU training programmes and exercises.