The European Parliament on Wednesday called for the EU civil protection mechanism to be strengthened and for more resources to be allocated to prepare for future crises, including the next waves of the coronavirus.
The European Parliament, by 617 votes in favor, 52 against, 23 abstentions, called for substantial funds to purchase new equipment, materials and other resources needed to better serve countries when national capacities are at the limit are higher. The text of the law is now being negotiated by the Council of the EU.
This would make it possible to respond quickly and effectively to major emergencies or events that rarely occur but have a large impact, including medical emergencies like the current one.
MEPs are also calling for greater transparency into their management, and therefore proposing to define how the money will be distributed across the three pillars of the mechanism: prevention, preparation and response.