CP for International Aid
Red Cross Societies and IFRC Secreteriat Relations with European Union Civil Protection Actors for International Activities
The general trend towards the multiplication of actors involved in international humanitarian response poses both opportunities and challenges to principled humanitarian action. The international role that European countries are playing in the provision of civil protection assistance is growing and EU institutions and EU member states are working together to pool resources for the provision of civil protection assistance. In this context, the components of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement are seeking to manage the risks and opportunities that present themselves when working with or alongside civil protection actors, while maintaining the Movement’s identity as a neutral and impartial provider of assistance.
The purpose of this note is to clarify how Red Cross National Societies may engage with EU member states in civil protection initiatives outside of the EU. This note is based on "Civil Protection Guidance for National Societies and Federation Secretariat relations with European Union Actors”, prepared together with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Secreteriat in consultation with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and adopted in 2013 by European Union Red Cross Societies.
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