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Kick-off: Technical Assistance for DRM Projects Starting in 2024

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On 14 March 2024, DG ECHO organised a kick-off event for the Technical Assistance for Disaster Risk Management (DRM) projects starting in 2024. The event was designed to bring together representatives from projects from across Member States and Participating States (MS/PS) to share good practice and build networks. Participants were taken through the financial and legal aspects.

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Erwan Marteil, Head of Unit B3 (Prevention and Preparedness Capacity Building), welcomed participants by highlighting the need for projects to collaborate beyond their own PS/MS:

‘We all need to contribute to a broader goal that goes beyond our borders to the wider EU community’.

The projects launching in 2024

A total of 15 projects start their implementation under the Technical Assistance for DRM in 2024 with a total EU contribution of EUR 7.6 million. The countries that received the grants are Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Portugal, and Türkiye. 

The following 15 projects were ‘kicked-off’ during the event:

The Next Steps

Project beneficiaries were enthusiastic about the months ahead and very keen to continue to share feedback and lessons learnt with other projects and the wider UCPM community. 

The UCP Knowledge Network Platform and the upcoming European Civil Protection Forum (4-5 June 2024) were also mentioned as relevant tools and opportunities for learning and exchange between the projects. 

Further information

To find out more about the funding go to the official Technical Assistance for Disaster Risk Management page or contact ECHO Civil Protection Prevention & Preparedness <>

Discover the highlights of the event through these photos

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