Since the beginning of the floods that have struck the countries of Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, the newly inaugurated Emergency Response Centre (ERC) of the European Commission based in DG ECHO, has been monitoring the situation continuously and supporting these Member States in their response.
The ERC has already provided satellite imagery to Germany, Czech republic and Hungary to help map out disaster hit regions around the Elbe and Danube. It has also facilitated communications between Member States affected by the floods so they can coordinate their own response actions more effectively and swiftly. Should the need arise for the EU Civil Protection Mechanism to be activated, the ERC can request all countries within the Civil Protection Mechanism to send specialised response teams to support the flood-affected regions.
Although river water levels have begun to recede in a number of Member States, the river Danube has yet to reach its peak in Slovakia, and protection works are still ongoing in Hungary. The ERC will continue to monitor the situation and support Member States as best as it can, while also being ready to call on Member States in solidarity to support each other through the Civil Protection Mechanism.