Civil protection

Ongoing projects: 6
Completed projects: 0

About Sector

On the level of the EU, the main mission of the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations is to preserve lives, prevent and alleviate human suffering and safeguard the populations affected by natural disasters and man-made crises. Headquartered in Brussels Directorate-General with a global network of field offices, ensures rapid and effective delivery of EU relief assistance.

Civil protection assistance consists of aid delivered in preparation for or immediate aftermath of a disaster in Europe and worldwide. Aid takes the form of in-kind assistance, deployment of specially-equipped teams, or experts assessing support right in the field. When a disaster overwhelms a country’s ability to contain it, other participating states step in and provide assistance. All EU Member States, as well as Serbia are taking part in the Union Civil Protection Mechanism. When extreme floods hit Serbia on May 2014 affecting and displacing thousands of people EU Civil Protection Teams were deployed to Serbia to assist authorities in to the wide scale flooding and to coordinate the incoming EU assistance. It is estimated that over 3 million people were affected by the floods, hundreds of thousands of people lost their livelihoods and were evacuated from their homes.

In the emergency phase, Serbia requested assistance in provision of clean water, health and sanitation. Key infrastructure, including bridges and roads as well as health and educational facilities, were damaged in many affected areas. These projects provide the story on EU Civil Protection and EU Humanitarian Aid when it was the hardest. Serbia has also benefitted from support via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism in 2015 in an effective response to the refugee crisis. The EU has been a leading provider of humanitarian aid for refugees in Serbia. A total of more than €80 million have been provided to the country in EU migration-related funding since 2015 enabling projects related to food distribution in reception centres, the protection of the most vulnerable groups in affected populations, and education-related activities. 


List of key local partners/organisations

  • Public Investment Management Office
  • Ministry of Interior

The support from the EU to civic protection in Serbia has amounted to more EUR 250 million from 2014 up to now. During the great floods of 2014, the EU helped with more than EUR 140 million and, since the beginning of the refugee crisis in 2015, with more than EUR 80 million. When the COVID-19 crisis in Europe started, the EU has established and put in motion the mechanisms of solidarity in which Serbia was included as well. Emergency aid to Serbia for the recovery from the COVID-19 crisis in the amount of more than EUR 93 million was secured as well.

Beside the member states, Serbia is one of the countries included in the EU’s civic society protection mechanism.

Within the frames of the EU, the main mission of the European civic protection and the operation of humanitarian aid is the preservation of life, prevention and lessening of human suffering and the protection of the population stricken by catastrophe and crisis. 

The support from the European Union is implemented in cooperation with the Serbian Government. The European Union is the biggest donor out of all other international donors put together. The donations from the European Union are used for Serbia`s development.

EU institutions/bodies

Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO)

Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO)

Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC)

Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC)

Enhanced Response Capacity (ERC)

Enhanced Response Capacity (ERC)

NOHA (Network on humanitarian action)

NOHA (Network on humanitarian action)

Last updated: April 10, 2021, 21:50