In 1999, the coalition agreement concerning the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, External Trade, Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid, announced the establishment of a civilian unit composed of volunteers and in charge of responding to crises situations, as well as in regions of ethnic conflicts.
During the European summit conference in December 1999 in Helsinki (Finland) an in 2000 in Feira (Portugal), the member states of the European Union (EU) decided to reinforce their Civil Protection capacities in dealing with crises. In this context the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs established a Team under the umbrella of the Rescue Services Agency called “Humanitarian Intervention Team“ (HIT).
In June 2004, a new law establishing the Rescue Services Agency became effective. This law includes the Humanitarian Intervention Team as part of the civil protection division.
The Humanitarian Intervention Team’s mission is to protect and save lives in danger as well as to protect goods in case of disasters, accidents, fires or floods which happen outboards of the territory of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg.