Regulation 2016/369 - Provision of emergency support within the Union

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This regulation has been published on March 16, 2016 and entered into force on the same day.


Key information

official title

Council Regulation (EU) 2016/369 of 15 March 2016 on the provision of emergency support within the Union
Legal instrument Regulation
Number legal act Regulation 2016/369
Original proposal COM(2016)115 EN
CELEX number i 32016R0369


Key dates

Document 15-03-2016; Date of adoption
Publication in Official Journal 16-03-2016; OJ L 70 p. 1-6
Effect 16-03-2016; Entry into force Date pub. See Art 9.1
End of validity 31-12-9999


Legislative text



Official Journal of the European Union

L 70/1



of 15 March 2016

on the provision of emergency support within the Union


Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular Article 122(1) thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the European Commission,




Mutual assistance and support in the face of disasters is both a fundamental expression of the universal value of solidarity between people and a moral imperative, as such disasters may lead to a significant number of people being unable to meet their basic needs, with potential severe adverse effects on their health and lives.



The impact of both man-made and natural disasters within the Union is increasingly severe. This is linked to a number of factors, such as climate change, but also to other contributing external factors and circumstances which are unfolding in the Union's neighbourhood. The migration and refugee situation currently affecting the Union is a notable example of a situation where, despite the efforts undertaken by the Union to address the root causes located in third countries, the economic situation of Member States may be directly affected.



This situation led the European Council, on 19 February 2016, to call upon the Commission to put in place the capacity to provide humanitarian assistance internally, in order to support countries facing large numbers of refugees and migrants.



Man-made or natural disasters may be of such a scale and impact that they can give rise to severe economic difficulties in one or several Member States. They can also occur in one or several Member States already facing severe economic difficulties for other reasons, with the result of exacerbating and aggravating even further the overall economic situation of the Member States concerned. In either case, the response capacity of the Member States concerned would be adversely affected, and the assistance and support being provided to people in need would, in turn, be negatively affected.



While the Union is already in a position to grant support of a macro-financial nature to Member States, and to express European solidarity to disaster-stricken regions through the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) established by Council Regulation (EC) No 2012/2002 (1), there is currently no appropriate instrument available at Union level to address on a sufficiently predictable and independent basis the humanitarian needs of disaster-stricken people within the Union, such as food assistance, emergency healthcare, shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene, protection and education. Mutual assistance can be offered under the Union Civil Protection Mechanism pursuant to Decision No 1313/2013/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council (2), but the operation of that Mechanism is based on voluntary contributions from Member States. There could also be assistance and support provided through existing Union policy and financing instruments, such as those aimed at establishing an area of freedom, security and justice in the Union. Any such assistance and support would, however, be accessory and ancillary to the pursuit of the principal policy objectives of those instruments and, therefore, be limited in its scope and scale.



It therefore seems appropriate for the Union to act in a spirit of solidarity to address the basic needs of disaster-stricken people within the Union, and to contribute to reducing the economic impact of those disasters on the Member States concerned.



Given the similarities in addressing the basic needs of disaster-stricken people within the Union through the provision of emergency support and in providing humanitarian aid to people...


This text has been adopted from EUR-Lex.


Original proposal



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