The Exchange of Experts Programme is open to all who:

  • Are active in the field of civil protection, and
  • Function in a professional or volunteer capacity within a civil protection institution or organization that:
      • has a recognized role in civil protection such as governmental departments, emergency services and scientific institutes;
      • is located in one of the participating states in the UCPM or eligible third countries.

The priority areas for exchanges in 2021 are:

  • Cross-border cooperation
  • Communication and awareness-raising
  • Fires, including forest fires, ground and aerial fire-fighting
  • Disaster management (such as prevention reporting obligations, operational coordination, capability development, international deployment)
  • New and emerging threats
  • Participation from EoE programme countries with lower participation rates


Please note:

NTC approval: Eligibility to participate in the Exchange of Experts Programme is dependent on gaining the approval of the National Training Coordinator (NTC) of your country.

Language requirements: experts must be have sufficient appropriate language skills (English and/or the language of the nation(s) visited) to ensure a successful exchange.

Equal opportunities: The programme explicitly encourages the participation of female experts.

Under certain circumstances, an interpreter may be provided if necessary for the successful completion of the exchange.