A number of past and ongoing EU Framework 7 supported research projects deal with the diverse impacts of emergencies on a cross-border basis in Europe. It is worthwhile exploring these projects for the cutting-edge learning that they provide for those charged with emergency planning responsibilities, particularly in relation to ICT. The projects include:
Cross-border Reciprocal Assistance in Emergency Matters
Spain & Portugal
The ARIEM 112 project comprised partners in Galicia, Castilla y León (Spain) and the North of Portugal and was aimed at consolidating mechanisms for collaboration on emergency management and further progressing a framework for fast and efficient cross-border cooperation and mutual assistance in the area The project resulted in the development of Mutual Aid Agreements and Joint Action Protocols, a computer application for the management of emergency incidents, and the establishment of joint training activities on a cross-border basis. Further information on the ARIEM 112 project can be found on its website and in this explanatory leaflet
Framework Agreement on Civil Protection
Spain & Portugal
The Spanish and Portuguese governments concluded a framework agreement and Protocol in 1992 addressing Technical Co-Operation and Mutual Material Assistance regarding Civil Protection. The Protocol sets out the basis upon which mutual assistance is provided by both parties in the event of an emergency or disaster situation occurring, including Articles concerning Requests for Help, Assistance and Emergency (Article 3), Attendance Costs (Article 4), and the establishment of a joint Commission to ensure implementation (Article 7). The Protocol is available to read in full thanks to its translation into English by Dr Brendan O’Keeffe, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.