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EU offers special oil recovery equipment to support the US in combating the environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico

28/05/2010 - On 27th of May in the late afternoon, the European Commission’s Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC) received a request for assistance from the United States Coast Guard to provide specific types of oil recovery equipment. Within a few hours, the MIC was able to put together a consolidated European offer (...)

The Monitoring and Information Center © EU

Generous response to the Hungarian request for sandbags to combat floods

27/05/2010 - At 20h00 on 25 May, Hungary activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism for urgent assistance in the response to the flood situation in the country. Hungary identified an immediate need for up to 2 million sandbags to strengthen its flood containment capacity. In response to the call send by the Monitoring and Information Center, (...)

Commissioner Georgieva and the Minister of the Interior, Thomas de Maizière - Photo by: BMI/Hans-Joachim M. Rickel

Official visit of Commissioner Georgieva to Berlin

20/05/2010 - As part of her tour of EU capitals, Kristalina Georgieva, the Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, visited Berlin on 20 May 2010. The Commissioner presented the new portfolio and her political and operational priorities to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Guido Westerwelle, the Minister of the Interior, Thomas de Maizière, the Minister of Defense, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, the Minister for Economic Cooperation and Develpment, Dirk Niebel, and the Minister of State in the Federal Chancellery, Eckart von Klaeden. (...)

Kristalina Georgieva in the MIC operation room © EU

EU Civil Protection Mechanism activated to support Poland in managing severe floods

19/05/2010 - On 19th of May, at 05:30 Brussels time, Poland activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism requesting support in addressing the severe floods currently affecting large areas of the country. The request for high capacity pumping equipment and teams was immediately communicated to all Participating States through the Commission's Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC) (...)

Margot Wallström on the left and Commissioner Georgieva © EU

Commissioner Georgieva meets Margot Wallström, the UN Secretary General's Special Representative on sexual violence in conflict

19/05/2010 - Commissioner Georgieva has held a meeting on 19th of May with former Vice-President of the Commissioner Margot Wallström who is currently the UN Secretary General's Special Representative on sexual violence in conflict. Commissioner Georgieva and Ms. Wallström have discussed her new responsibilities in the UN and the role of the Commission when deploying Humanitarian Aid in conflict zones. (...)

Commissioner Georgieva, Commissioner Oettinger and a member of the Oettinger cabinet © EU

Commissioner Georgieva discusses with Energy Commissioner Öttinger and leaders of oil and gas production industry how to better prevent and react to oil pollution crisis

11/05/2010 - The meeting with high level representatives of major oil and gas companies focussed on obtaining assurances from the industry that they fully manage all risks to avoid disasters similar to the one currently witnessed in the Gulf of Mexico. (...)

The extraordinary meeting of the Commission with Commissioner Georgieva on the video link © EU

Commissioner Georgieva participates in the extraordinary Commission meeting (on the European Stabilisation Mechanism)

09/05/2010 - On Sunday, Commissioner Georgieva participated (via video link) in the extraordinary meeting of the Commission that was called to finalise the proposal to set up a European Stabilisation Mechanism (...)

Commissioner Georgieva in Stockholm © EU

Visit of Commissioner Georgieva to Stockholm - meetings with the Swedish authorities

06/05/2010 - Commissioner Georgieva visited Stockholm for a series of meetings with the Swedish authorities to discuss topical issues related to humanitarian assistance and disaster response. (...)

Palestinian child between heaps of rubble © EU

Commissioner Georgieva and UNRWA Commissioner-General discuss humanitarian aid in the Middle East

05/05/2010 - Today, Kristalina Georgieva, Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, received UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi. During their first meeting they underlined the importance of the strong and enduring partnership between the Commission and UNRWA in working effectively together to improve the conditions of Palestinian refugees throughout the region. (...)

UN peacekeeping forces in action © EU

Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva meets Alain Le Roy, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations

05/05/2010 - Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva has met today with Alain Le Roy, who leads the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) in the UN. Commissioner Georgieva and Under-Secretary Le Roy discussed on the Cooperation between military and humanitarian actors on the ground and the respective roles of each one.