Study Tour to the Emergency Response Coordination Centre

On November 25-26, 2013 three representatives of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine visited the EU Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) within the framework of the PPRD East Programme. The main goal of the ERCC Study tour was to provide a first-hand experience and familiarise disaster management and civil protection specialists from the PPRD East Partner Countries with the operational heart of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.

The Emergency Response Coordination Centre, operated within the DG ECHO, has been set up to support a coordinated and quicker response to disasters both inside and outside Europe, using resources from 32 countries participating in the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. The ERCC replaces and upgrades the functions of the previous EU Monitoring and Information Centre. It collects and analyses real-time information on disasters, monitors hazards, prepares plans for the deployment of experts, teams and equipment, and works with EU Member States to map available assets and coordinate the EU's disaster response efforts by matching offers of assistance to the needs of the disaster-stricken country. The ERCC also supports a wide range of prevention and preparedness activities, from awareness raising to field exercises simulating emergency response. More about ERCC is available at:


During the PPRD East Programme Study tour participants had the opportunity to learn more about the ERCC, its Early Warning Systems, monitoring tools and portal, ERCC satellite and mapping services, to familiarize themselves with the new EU Civil Protection legislation, its main innovations and opportunities for the Eastern Partnership countries, etc. (the Study tour Agenda).


The Study tour presentations are available at:

EU CP Mechanism in action video is available at:


Event report