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Commissioner Georgieva in Ajka (Hungary) © EU

Facing the aftermath of a disaster – Commissioner Georgieva visits Hungary

18/10/2010 - Kristalina Georgieva saw and discussed the emergency measures taken after the substantial spill of industrial mud in Western Hungary. Today the Commissioner visited Ajka, the site of the incident, and the affected nearby villages, (...)

Rescuers on a street covered in red sludge in Devecser (Hungary) © AFP PHOTO/SAMUEL KUBANI

Hungary accident: European team of five experts to start working on the ground

11/10/2010 - A European civil protection team of five experts from France, Belgium, Sweden, Austria and Germany has arrived in Hungary this morinng (11/10) to support the Hungarian authorities in their efforts to combat the pollution caused by the break of a sludge depository in the city of Ajka. The experts will start working immediately in the place of the accident, (...)

A rescue worker searching for victims in the polluted village of Kolontar © PHOTOPQR/LE PARISIEN/Philippe de Poulpiquet

Hungary activates the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and requests technical expertise to combat mud pollution

08/10/2010 - At 19h36 of 07 October, Hungary activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism for urgent international assistance in response to the pollution caused by the breakdown of a sludge depository in the city of Ajka. The Hungarian authorities have identified an immediate need for three to five experts with strong field experience in handling toxic sludge, (...)

Map of the affected area in Hungary © EU

Pollution in Hungary - MIC follows developments and remains in contact with Hungarian authorities

07/10/2010 - The ongoing emergency in Hungary is being followed closely by the EU's Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC), which stands ready to provide assistance to the Hungarian authorities. Commissioner Georgieva has been in telephone contact with the Hungarian Minister of Interior, Sándor Pintér, to express her support to the Hungarian authorities, (...)

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, (...)