The European Civil Protection Mechanism
- The European Civil Protection Mechanism
- How it works
- The Monitoring and Information Centre (Mic)
- Common Emergency Communication and Information Centre (Cecis)
- The training programme
The Monitoring and Information Centre (Mic)
The Monitoring and Information Centre, or MIC, is an operative unit offering 24/7 response.
It is the operational heart of the Mechanism, located in the Civil Protection Unit reporting to the European Commission Directorate-General for the Environment.
The centre is operational 24/7 and gives countries access to a community civil protection platform: the CECIS, Common Emergency Communication and Information Centre, for communication and exchange of information between the MIC and National Contact Points in Member States.
The Mechanism also:
- develops detection and rapid alert systems for catastrophes that may hit Member States, with a view to enabling rapid response by other countries;
- provides support for accessing equipment and transport resources;
- supports consular assistance to EU citizens in major emergencies in third countries if requested by the consular authorities of the Member States;
- integrates transport provided by Member States by financing additional transport resources necessary for ensuring a rapid response to major emergencies;
- develops civil protection modules, namely specialised operational teams comprising personnel, transport and equipment provided by Member States and “packaged” in accordance with the task in question, in line with specific criteria. See table.
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