The role of the EUCPT, the European Union Civil Protection Team

The UCPM aims at assisting and supporting the affected country to receive international assistance most effectively and efficiently, in the disaster response and recovery phases. For the EU HNS TTX in Moldova, the EUCPT and a TAST, skeleton and virtual modules, other response capacities, and experts from as many different participating states have participated. 

When it comes to responding to disasters, the EUCP Team’s mandate is to support affected countries by facilitating the effective provision and integration of assistance from Participating States through the UCPM, provide updated information to ERCC, assess the situation and needs, and when necessary, liaise with authorities, ECHO Field Office, EU Delegation and UN. 

The EUCPT at the TTX in Moldova was led by the team leader, Vigier Corinna, and assisted by a deputy and two more coordination and assessment experts. They were supported by a Liaison Officer from the ERCC, Adrien Eric and a TAST team. 

Aid from the European Union takes the form of in-kind assistance, deployment of specially-equiped teams, or experts assessing and coordinating support right in the field. When a disaster overwhelms a country’s ability to contain it, other participating states step in and provide assistance. All EU Member States, as well as Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, and Türkiye, are taking part in the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.