The EU Court of Auditors Examines the EU Civil Protection Mechanism

The EU Court of Auditors examined the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and published a report, concluding that the EU’s emergency response tool is generally well-coordinated, broadly effective and timely activated. The report evaluated three recent international disasters for which the Mechanism had been activated: the 2014 floods in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa between 2014 and 2016, and the Nepal earthquake in 2015. Notably, the report underlined that the Mechanism’s work had been made more effective by the widespread sharing of information, that the coordination it enables had been inclusive, that it respected the UN overall lead in disaster management, and that it had taken steps to ensure a smooth transition into the recovery phase of the disasters.