On 23 November 2017 the Report describing the results of the interim evaluation of the Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM), implemented by the Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO) and drafted by IFC, was officially presented. Specifically, the interim evaluation aimed to assess the relevance, coherence, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and EU added value of the UCPM between 2014 and 2016. Overall, the Report shows that various pillars and components of the UCPM are generally proving to be effective and efficient. This observation is made despite the difficulties experienced in measuring progress due to the limited monitoring systems in place. The Report presents recommendations for the prevention, preparedness and response pillars of the UCPM to address deficiencies. Several challenges are discussed: the need to build on the national risk assessments and present an EU-wide overview of risks; continuing to integrate research and science into prevention and preparedness activities; enhancing the value of the peer review programme and prevention and preparedness missions; improving the quality of the training programme; rationalising the growing pool of experts; improving the transparency of transport reimbursements; building on cooperation initiatives with other EU partners; and, further defining the role of the UCPM in responding to humanitarian emergencies.
The Report can be fully downloaded here.