PSCE reacts to the new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change!

In line with its long-standing commitment to provide critical insight into Public Safety and Disaster Response (PPDR) since 2009 and following its very recent support to the European Commission (EC)’s «Green Deal » as well as its decision to take action accordingly, Public Safety Communication Europe (PSCE) reacts today to the EC’s « Forging a climate-resilient Europe - the new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change ».
PSCE fully supports the general ambition of the new EU Strategy on Adaptation to climate change and builds its position mainly in relation to the «forging a climate-resilient union» section – its expertise area – and on these specific points:

  • a) Knowledge on climate change and adaptation
  • b) Improvement of adaptation strategies and plans
  • c) Local, individual and just resilience fostering
  • d) Reduction of climate-related risk

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Council adopts new rules to strengthen disaster response

On 10 May, the Council adopted new rules to strengthen the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, following the Parliament’s endorsement on 27 April.  

In light of the impact caused by COVID-19, the EU Civil Protection Mechanism will benefit from an enhanced European response underpinned by the rescEU and faster coordination of disaster response.  

The EU will strengthen the EU’s Emergency Response Coordination Centre — the EU's hub for crisis management — with enhanced operational, analytical, monitoring, information management and communication capabilities. As for prevention and preparedness, the EU is set to define Union-wide resilience goals and scenario plans together with Member States as well as improving disaster loss data collection to support evidence-based scenario building. 

The EU’s Civil Protection improvements will enjoy an additional financial support of €1,26 billion from the Multiannual Financial Framework and another €2,05 billion via the NextGenerationEU. 

survey conducted by the EU revealed that 84% of Europeans agree that coordinated EU action should be increased to respond more effectively to future disasters and crises.  

Parliament approves new space agency based in Prague

The new iteration of the EU Space Programme, adopted April 27, will improve flagship initiatives such as Galileo, Copernicus and the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS)

The 2021-2027 EU space programme, adopted by Parliament on Tuesday evening, will fund projects that provide high-quality space-related data as well as services with key socio-economic benefits and potential to create jobs. It also aims to strengthen Europe’s strategic autonomy, its security and its role in the space sector.

The bulk of the €14.8 billion budget will be allocated to Galileo and EGNOS, the EU's global and regional satellite navigation systems, as well as Copernicus, the EU's Earth Observation programme.

The programme will also finance space security, such as the Space and Situational Awareness (SSA) programme and the new Governmental Satellite Communication initiative (GOVSATCOM) to support border protection, civil protection and humanitarian interventions.

The programme upgrades the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) Agency by expanding its tasks and transforming it into the new EU Agency for the Space Programme, based in Prague, Czech Republic.