EU support for prevention, preparedness and response to floods in the Western Balkans and Turkey

On 1 January 2015, the implementation of the Programme for Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Floods in the Western Balkans and Turkey (IPA FLOODS) – a regional initiative funded by the European Commission Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO) in the amount of almost €6 million, has started. IPA FLOODS initiative is implemented by the Civil Protection Department of the Presidency of the Italian Council of Ministers, together with the Civil Protection Authorities of Croatia, Slovenia, Germany, Sweden, CIMA Research Foundation (Italy) and Studiare Sviluppo S.r.l, (Italy).

The goal of this Programme is to increase flood risk management capacities at national, regional and EU levels in eight beneficiary countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo [1], Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey.

Under the Lot 1 of this Programme (worth almost €2 million), key activities will include capacity building for flood rescue using boats as well as activities aimed at supporting the alignment of national legislation with the EU Floods Directive and the implementation of an integrated approach to flood risk management. Lot 2 - whose grant contract between implementing Consortium and EC DG ECHO is to be signed - will reinforce capacity building for flood preparedness and response through establishment of multinational High Capacity Pumping (HCP) and Flood Containment (FC) Modules. For more detailed information about specific activities under both Lot 1 and 2 of the Programme, please click here.

At the moment, representatives of the IPA FLOODS implementing Consortium are conducting visits to all beneficiary countries to prepare ground for successful cooperation. The visit to Montenegro's Directorate for Emergency Management of the Ministry of Interior is taking place today, 4 March 2015.

For more information about this project, please contact the IPA FLOODS Technical Secretariat at:

[1]This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/99 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence