Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Natural and Man-made Disasters in the Eastern Partnership Countries

EU-funded Flagship Initiative increasing disaster risk management capacities in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

Host Nation Support (HNS) is one of the key subjects of PPRD East 2 Programme, being included in all civil protection capacity building events organised by the Programme and being the object of six national table top exercises and one multi-country table top exercise.

The Host Nation Support stands at the crossroads of prevention, preparedness and response: the better we prepare ourselves for accepting, supporting and co-ordinating foreign assistance, the easier and more effective actual assistance operations will turn out to be; smoother coordination, better interoperability, less barriers, fewer burdens will help to save more lives in the end. The European Commission and states participating in the Union CP Mechanism acknowledged this need for more effective and efficient reception and use of international assistance, and developed and in January 2012 adopted the EU Host Nation Support Guidelines.

The Guidelines are intended to support countries affected by a disaster in receiving international assistance and they specifically target the facilitation of assistance operations under the Union Civil Protection Mechanism.

They highlight key actions to be taken in relation to emergency planning, emergency management and coordination, logistics, transport and legal and financial issues. A checklist helps countries consider and eventually remove all foreseeable potential obstacles to smooth relief operations on their territories.

Although they are non-binding, countries participating in the Union Civil Protection Mechanism are encouraged to adopt and implement these Guidelines both in the preparedness and the response phase.

The PPRD East 2 Programme actively supports efforts of Eastern Partnership countries that might request and receive assistance under the Union Civil Protection Mechanism to adopt these guidelines and integrate them into their national legislation.

A series of Table Top Exercises have been conducted in each Partner Country to promote the integration of the EU Host Nation Support Guidelines into the national civil protection system.