Civil Protection refers to all the activities aiming at the protection of the lives and properties of citizens from the risks stemming from natural, man-made and environmental disasters by decreasing their effects at a European level in accordance with the national policies on the basis of the principle of subsidiarity.
Commission Decision of 29 July 2010 amending Decision 2004/277/EC, Euratom as regards rules for the implementation of Council Decision 2007/779/EC, Euratom establishing a Community civil protection mechanism (2010/481/EU, Euratom)
The Civil Emergency Planning Committee (CEPC) is operating within the context of the political pillar of NATO; all the countries of the alliance are represented in it. The Euro Atlantic Partnership Countries (EAPC) are also participating in CEPC.
In the context of CEPC are operating four sub-committees, which have been recently merged into each other and are the following:
The General Secretariat for Civil Protection (GSCP) is representing our country in the Council of Europe (CoE) and more specifically in the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement.
BSEC initially started as an informal Intergovernmental Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation and was transformed into an international financial organization on May 1, 1999; on the same date the Charter of the United Nations, which was signed in June 1998 in Yalta (4-5/6/1998) entered into force.
The Adriatic & Ionian Initiative (AII) was presented from Italy during the works of the European Council, under Finnish Presidency, in October 1999 and was supported by the EU and Greece. Its aims and fields of cooperation were defined in Ancona in 2000 with the participation of coastal countries of the Adriatic and Ionian Sea.
Hellenic – France Joint Working Group for Civil Protection
The General Secretariat for Civil Protection has the exclusive competence for international assistance call submission in Greece according to Article 27, paragraph 2 of Law 3536/2007.