The 2016 call for proposals for buffer capacities refers to action 2.9 of the Work Programme 2016, aimed at addressing temporary shortcomings of response capacities in extraordinary disasters.
Decision No 1313/2013/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 establishes a European Emergency Response Capacity (EERC) in the form a voluntary pool of pre-committed response capacities of the Participating States and sets out the eligibility for financial assistance for developing the EERC. Specifically, it opens the possibility for financial assistance to make available capacities additional to Participating States' existing capacities (hereafter "buffer capacities"), which would contribute to addressing temporary shortcomings of response capacities in extraordinary disaster situations. These buffer capacities would be registered in the voluntary pool and would be available for Union Mechanism deployments under the same general terms as other capacities registered in the voluntary pool.
Up to a maximum of 40% of the eligible costs of ensuring rapid access to buffer capacities may be covered through the EU grant. In addition, 100% of total eligible costs of designing, preparing, negotiating, concluding and managing the contracts or arrangements, as well as the costs of developing standard operating procedures and exercises to ensure the effective use of buffer capacities may be covered under the EU grant.
The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of buffer capacities is EUR 2 700 000.
The buffer capacities should be available for the period of at least one year between January 2017 and December 2018.
The objective is:
To contribute to addressing temporary shortcomings in extraordinary disasters
The expected result is:
To establish stand-by availability of certain response capacities and rapid access to these capacities, in accordance with Article 21(2)(d) of the Decision No 1313/2013/EU.
Types of activities expected are:
A maximum of two response capacities of any of the following types(s):
are proposed as priorities for buffer capacities.
As detailed in the Work Programme 2016 the expected activities related to response capacities may include:
THE DEADLINE FOR THE SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS IS 02 June 2016
The detailed criteria for applying for funding under this call, i.e. the Grant application guide for buffer capacities 2016 , the Grant application Administrative and Technical , and Financial Forms 2016, the Statement and Model Mono-beneficiary Grant Agreement or Model Multi-beneficiary Grant Agreement are available by clicking on the corresponding links.
Please click on the following links for further documents in relation to grant agreements to be funded under this Call for proposals: Financial Statement + Guidelines for completing financial statement , Audit Certificate , Guidelines for technical report and Financial viability form, Questions and Answers.