For the first time, the EU's Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) and 22 countries participating in the Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM) will join forces with other European and UN institutions to assess their joint crisis response capabilities at the national, European and international level.
The ATHENA consortium's aim is to utilize media communications and develop software tools to enhance the ability of citizens and first responders in crisis situations. CRISMART has contributed with its expertise in crisis mangement in order to improve the system. The project has received funding from the European Commission. Launched in December 2013, the three year research project is nearing completion.