When a disaster strikes, every minute counts. An immediate, coordinated and pre-planned response saves lives. The Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) enables the EU and its Member States to respond to overwhelming natural and man-made disasters in a timely and efficient manner.
The ERCC collects and analyses real-time information on disasters, monitors hazards, prepares plans for the deployment of experts, teams and equipment, works with Member States to map available assets and coordinates the EU's disaster response efforts.
The ERCC can deal simultaneous with several emergencies in different time zones, around-the-clock (24/7).
The ERCC is the operational heart of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. It plays a key role as a coordination hub to facilitate a coherent European response during emergencies inside and outside Europe. In case of invocation of the Solidarity Clause, the ERCC shall act as the central 24/7 contact point whereby it would coordinate with other EU services and bodies in ensuring the EU's response (Article 222 of the TFEU).
The ERCC and the EU Civil Protection Mechanism improve joint planning and response coordination in Europe, complementing the role of the Member States.
The ERCC enables better advanced planning of joint European assistance, i.e. to move from an ad-hoc response to a pre-planned response.
The Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) was established in 2013. The main goal of the Mechanism is to facilitate co-operation in civil protection assistance interventions in the event of major emergencies. Apart from the 28 EU Member States, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Montenegro, Norway and Serbia participate in the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. Turkey has recently signed the agreements to join the Mechanism. The participating states pool resources that can be made available to disaster-hit countries and share best practices in disaster management. The ERCC provides a one-stop-shop of civil protection means made available by the participating states. It acts as a coordination hub between Participating States, the affected country and dispatched field experts. Any country inside or outside the EU affected by a major disaster can make an appeal for assistance through the ERCC. In response, the ERCC matches offers of assistance with the needs of the disaster-stricken country.
More information can be found in the official website of the ERCC.