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UCPM – Prevention and Preparedness for Marine Pollution at Sea and Shore – 2021

To enhance prevention of and protection from the effects of maritime disasters.

1.75 million euros

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Beneficiaries All beneficiaries
Regions Candidate countries, European Union, Mediterranean countries
  • Participating States in the UCPM including : Iceland, Montenegro, The Republic of North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia and Turkey.
  • European Neighbourhood Policy countries : East (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine) and South (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia).

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Priorities and funded actions


  • To develop response capacity for marine pollution incidents;
  • To enhance regional and cross-sectoral coordination;


  • To increase capacity of responders, including development of advanced methodologies supporting training and exercises as well as improving technology and tools for better monitoring, detection and response to at-sea and coastal pollution;
  • To strengthen joint prevention and preparedness actions within the European regional sea areas as well as inter-regional initiatives when more efficiency or effectiveness can be achieved;

Among finances actions:

  • Advanced training and/or exercising capacities are developed;
  • System(s) or methods for detection of and response to various pollutants are developed or improved;
  • Innovative response capacities are tested through exercises;
  • Coordination within or between European regional sea conventions is enhanced;
  • Communication and operational coordination between at-sea and shoreline preparedness and response is enhanced;
  • A (sub-)regional approach to significant acute pollution, in particular with regard to spill impact/effect monitoring and assessment is established;

Additional information:

  • This call proposal is an open call for proposal.
  • Initial duration of the action: the project cannot exceed 24 months.


  • Be legal entities (public or private bodies);
  • Be established in one of the eligible countries

Lot 1 – Internal action : 1.2 million euros for projects targeing Member States and Participating States ;

Lot 2 – External action : 550 000 euros for project targeting beneficiaries not participating in the Mechanism, European Neighbourhood Policy countries, Member States and Participating countries

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