Finland takes part in fostering cooperation within the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and other international cooperation in the field of civil protection. In addition to the EU, Finland cooperates with the other Nordic and neighbouring countries, as well as the UN and its suborganisations. Finland is also involved in NATO’s Partnership for Peace programme. Finland may, at the request of another state or an international organisation and by the Ministry of the Interior’s decision, send rescue and other assistance units and civil protection experts abroad in the event of disasters. Such situations include natural disasters, environmental emergencies, politico-military conflicts and terrorist damage. Finland may, where necessary, request international civil protection assistance from the European Union, another state or an international organisation.