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Commissioner Georgieva nominated as “Disaster Risk Reduction Champion”

Commissioner Georgieva nominated as “Disaster Risk Reduction Champion”

24/10/2014 - On the occasion of United Nations Day, Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva was nominated as Disaster Risk Reduction Champion by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction Margareta Wahlström. (...)

European Union helps fight forest fires in Greece

European Union helps fight forest fires in Greece

26/08/2014 - Greece is receiving support through the European Union's Civil Protection Mechanism to fight the forest fires raging in the central part of the country (...)

Central African Republic: Raising the alarm at ECOSOC on a regional crisis

Central African Republic: Raising the alarm at ECOSOC on a regional crisis

23/06/2014 - Commissioner Georgieva is in New York where she is participating in the humanitarian segment of the United Nations Economic and Social (...)

More EU humanitarian aid to Iraqis fleeing from violence

More EU humanitarian aid to Iraqis fleeing from violence

19/06/2014 - The European Commission will increase its humanitarian assistance to Iraq by €5 million following the displacement of hundreds of thousands (...)

Ukraine: All parties must protect civilians

Sudan: bombing of a hospital is unacceptable

18/06/2014 - "I am deeply disturbed by the bombing and partial destruction of a hospital during an aerial attack on the Sudanese village of Farandalla (...)"

Ukraine: All parties must protect civilians

Ukraine: All parties must protect civilians

14/06/2014 - "I am gravely concerned by recent developments in the eastern region of Ukraine, especially when innocent civilians, including (...)"

Iraq: another humanitarian crisis in the Middle East

Iraq: another humanitarian crisis in the Middle East

12/06/2014 - A major humanitarian crisis is underway in Iraq as a result of fierce fighting between the Iraqi Security Forces and armed opposition groups. (...)

Kristalina Georgieva meeting with the inhabitants of Tacloban who queue to receive aid brought by the B-Fast (Belgian First Aid and Support Team)

TYPHOON YOLANDA/HAIYAN – Commissioner Georgieva returns to Tacloban

04/06/2014 - Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva is back in Tacloban where, seven months ago, the world's most powerful typhoon ever recorded making landfall devastated a large region of the Philippines. (...)

The EU's support to Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina after the floods

The EU's support to Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina after the floods

23/05/2014 - The European Union has been showing solidarity with Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina which are struggling with overwhelming floods. (...)

EU assistance underway for flood victims in Serbia and in Bosnia and Herzegovina

EU assistance underway for flood victims in Serbia and in Bosnia and Herzegovina

17/05/2014 - The European Union is providing coordinated assistance through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism which has been activated upon the request of Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina due to severe flooding in both countries. (...)

Solomon Islands: EU provides expertise and financial aid

Solomon Islands: EU provides expertise and financial aid

22/04/2014 - The European Union is mobilising resources to assist those affected by the recent floods and earthquakes in the Solomon Islands. (...)

Chile disaster: European Commission follows developments

Chile disaster: European Commission follows developments

02/04/2014 - The European Commission is closely monitoring the situation in Chile, where a strong earthquake and several aftershocks struck yesterday. (...)

Small scale, big impact: EU renews support to victims of small-scale disasters

Small scale, big impact: EU renews support to victims of small-scale disasters

26/03/2014 - Not all emergencies make headlines or affect large areas – small-scale disasters receive little publicity, but their victims still suffer and need help getting water, food, shelter and basic health care. (...)

The European Commission's support to Ukraine

The European Commission's support to Ukraine

05/03/2014 - 05/03/2014 – The European Commission agreed today a package of support to Ukraine(...)

New study strengthens the case for boosting flood protection

New study strengthens the case for boosting flood protection

03/03/2014 - 03/03/2014 – Environmental policy can spur economic growth by boosting flood protection, shows a study published by the European Commission today(...)

Typhoon Haiyan: European Commission increases aid to €40 million

Typhoon Haiyan: European Commission increases aid to €40 million

17/12/2013 - The European Commission is making available an additional €20 million in emergency aid for the worst-hit communities in the Philippines still suffering from the massive destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan. (...)

Bulgaria gets EU support to face refugee crisis

Bulgaria gets EU support to face refugee crisis

23/10/2013 - Support is being delivered to Bulgaria to help the national authorities cope with the influx of Syrian refugees. The assistance is provided by (...)

European aid on its way to Cyclone Phailin survivors

European aid on its way to Cyclone Phailin survivors

22/10/2013 - Almost 15 000 vulnerable families affected by Cyclone Phailin in India will receive much-needed relief (...)

Kristalina Georgieva is in Salzburg where she is taking part in an EU co-financed disaster exercise focusing on landslides - a major risk in Austria.

Commissioner Georgieva participates in major flooding and landslide simulation exercise

28/06/2013 - Kristalina Georgieva is in Salzburg where she is taking part in an EU co-financed disaster exercise focusing on landslides - a major risk in Austria.  (...)

Princess Marie of Denmark visits Emergency Response Centre

Princess Marie of Denmark visits Emergency Response Centre

19/06/2013 - The new European Emergency Response Centre is welcoming another high-level guest – Her Royal Highness Princess Marie of Denmark is going to visit there tomorrow (...)

Commissioner Georgieva attends civil protection exercise in France

Commissioner Georgieva attends civil protection exercise in France

12/06/2013 - Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva is attending a large-scale, two-day European exercise in civil protection near Lyon, France, together with Manuel Valls, the French Minister of the Interior. (...)

Emergency Response Centre supporting Member States ravaged by floods

Emergency Response Centre supporting Member States ravaged by floods

07/06/2013 - 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) (...)

Kristalina Georgieva

The EU and Japan to forge closer cooperation in disaster management

25/03/2013 - Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva and Akihiro Ohta, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan have exchanged letters providing a framework to further enhance EU-Japan cooperation in disaster management(...)

Speaking up on silent disasters © EU

Speaking up on silent disasters

18/02/2013 - Many of the disasters and emergencies where people die and suffer go underreported and end up forgotten(...)

Disaster preparedness in Haiti - Photo credits: EC/ECHO/François Duboc

Three years after disastrous earthquake, Commission reaffirms long-term commitment to Haiti

08/01/2013 - This week marks the third anniversary of the earthquake that hit Haiti on the 12 January 2010(...)

Filipino survivors of Typhoon Bopha took to rafts to escape the floods © EU

European Commission provides €3 million in rapid aid to victims of Typhoon Bopha

11/12/2012 - Following the five-day passage of Typhoon Bopha across the Philippines last week, the European Commission today released €3 million to (...)

EU humanitarian experts zoom in on humanitarian needs in flood-hit Nigeria

15/11/2012 - The European Commission is mobilising to help get aid to Nigeria, where record floods and heavy rains have affected 7.7 million people (...)

European emergency aid to help Cuba and Haiti recover from Hurricane Sandy

08/11/2012 - In response to serious damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, the European Commission is giving €6 million to those worst-hit in the Caribbean for immediate relief (...)

People look at destruction in  South Street Seaport  October 30, 2012 as New Yorkers  clean up the morning after Hurricane Sandy made landfall.  The storm left large parts of New York City without power and transportation © AFP

Statement by Commissioner Georgieva on the passage of Hurricane Sandy through the US east coast

30/10/2012 - I am following with concern the devastating passage of Hurricane Sandy through the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Virginia in the United States (...)

The European Commission monitors closely the passage of Hurricane Sandy

28/10/2012 - Today Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva issued a joint statement with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (...)

Supporting resilience at the Sendai Dialogue

10/10/2012 - Commissioner Georgieva is in Sendai, Japan, to present the EU's new strategy on building resilience and making vulnerable populations better able to cope with natural disasters (...)

EU puts resilience at the heart of its work on fighting hunger and poverty

03/10/2012 - Today the European Commissioners for Development and Humanitarian Aid – Andris Piebalgs and (...)

More European aid for the victims of humanitarian crises in Bangladesh and Pakistan

01/10/2012 - The European Commission is providing new funding of €4 million for emergency aid to the (...)

EU Civil Protection Mechanism supports Portugal to fight forest fires

03/09/2012 - The European Commission is supporting the efforts to tackle the serious forest fires in Portugal. The authorities in Lisbon requested (...)

Slovenia helps Albania fight forest fires through EU mechanism for civil protection

31/08/2012 - Slovenia has sent a fire-fighting helicopter to help Albania deal with the forest fires in the prefecture of (...)

Tropical storm Isaac: The Commission stands ready to help

27/08/2012 - The European Commission has been monitoring the passage of the fierce tropical storm Isaac through (...)

Emergency aid for flood victims in the Philippines

14/08/2012 - An emergency operation is underway in the Philippines, where floods have affected more than 3.5 million people (...)

Helping the victims of the Indian monsoon floods

06/08/2012 - The European Commission is providing €2 million to assist the around 80 000 people who have been most affected by (...)

Montenegro receives European assistance to fight forest fires

16/07/2012 - The European Civil Protection Mechanism is coordinating fire-fighting assistance to Montenegro, which requested help on (...)

High-level international figures focus on building disaster-resilient societies

01/07/2012 - Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva is in Japan, where she will attend a high-level international conference on large-scale natural disasters. The event focuses on building resilient societies. (...)

Preventing, managing and responding to crises: Commissioner Georgieva at the Sofia Security Forum

17/05/2012 - How should we protect citizens from disasters caused by nature and men? How should we organise Europe's disaster response capacities in a coherent, efficient and cost-effective way? And how can we prevent crises from happening in the first place? (...)

More aid for victims of Pakistan's floods and conflicts

30/04/2012 - The European Commission is giving an additional €20 million to help the victims of Pakistan's humanitarian crises: monsoon floods and recent military interventions. The funding will provide shelter, food, healthcare, clean water and sanitation. (...)

Commission launches major emergency procedure after strong earthquake off Sumatra

11/04/2012 - The European Commission is monitoring closely the risks of tsunami, after-shocks and potential damage, after two strong earthquakes (magnitude 8.6 and 8.3) struck in the Indian Ocean off the Indonesian island of Sumatra. (...)

Ban on aid agencies likely to fuel new exodus of Somali refugees

29/11/2011 - The European Commission strongly condemns the Al Shabaab announcement of the expulsion of 16 humanitarian aid agencies working in Somalia. This action will have disastrous effects on the capacity of humanitarian agencies to respond to the current emergency fuelled by prolonged conflict and drought. (...)

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

28/11/2011 - Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, stated : "On this day in 1947 the UN Assembly adopted the resolution on the partition of Palestine (...)

The EU and Chile intensify cooperation in disaster management

24/11/2011 - Reinforcing cooperation in disaster management was the theme for today's meeting between Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva and Fernando Schmidt, Deputy Minister for External Relations in Chile (...)

Commissioner Georgieva visits Berlin

24/11/2011 - Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva is in Berlin for high-level meetings with ministers and civil protection officials, and to update the Government on her work in strengthening the European Union's disaster-response mechanisms, for which she has received strong support from the German capital (...)

Commissioner Georgieva receives President Ouattara of Cote d'Ivoire

23/11/2011 - Moving from humanitarian needs to development, and from bringing relief to supporting recovery and stability – these were the topics for today's discussion between Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva and President Alassane Ouattara of Cote d'Ivoire. (...)

Looming hunger crisis in Sahel: Commission acts to save lives

21/11/2011 - EU Commissioners Kristalina Georgieva (International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response) and Connie Hedegaard (Climate Action) made a joint statement to mark the publication of the IPCC Special Report: Managing the risks of extreme events and disasters to (...)

Extreme weather events will intensify, according to the world's leading climate scientists

21/11/2011 - EU Commissioners Kristalina Georgieva (International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response) and Connie Hedegaard (Climate Action) made a joint statement to mark the publication of the IPCC Special Report: Managing the risks of extreme events and disasters to (...)

European countries and Commission offer swift aid to Turkey in coordinated solidarity gesture

28/10/2011 - Fourteen European Union countries have responded to the call for assistance to Turkey that was transmitted by the European Commission on Wednesday night. After the strong earthquakes that inflicted massive damage in the Turkish province of Van, (...)

Europe moves to help victims of Central America floods

28/10/2011 - The European Commission intends to give €4 million of humanitarian aid to assist people affected by floods in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua. The region is grappling with heavy rains and the resulting mudslides and floods. (...)

Europe works with Turkey to help quake survivors

27/10/2011 - The Commission's emergency response centre is coordinating European support for Turkey after the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck the country's Van province. Turkey has requested family-type tents and pre-fabricated housing to shelter those made homeless. (...)

Commission reaches out to victims of South East Asian floods

21/10/2011 - In response to the typhoons and flooding that are seriously affecting South East Asia, the European Commission has allocated €10 million to support emergency operations and provide relief to between 500 000 and 1 million of people in the flood-hit countries. (...)

Commission responds to desperate needs triggered by floods in India

14/10/2011 - The European Commission will provide emergency funding of €3 million for the victims of the monsoon floods in India. The disaster has displaced between 200 000 and 300 000 people, who are in urgent need of humanitarian relief. (...)

Europe dispatches new assistance to the victims of monsoon floods in Bangladesh

19/09/2011 - The European Commission has allocated €5 million in response to the urgent humanitarian needs of Bangladeshis affected by the severe floods of recent weeks. This emergency funding will provide for food assistance, clean drinking water, shelter, (...)

The Commission, ASEAN and Indonesia keen on more vigorous cooperation in disaster response and risk reduction

12/09/2011 - The European Commission and ASEAN will pursue closer cooperation in regional disaster management. The mutual commitment was confirmed in Jakarta by Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva and by representatives of the Indonesian government and the ASEAN Secretary General. (...)

Coordinated EU operation to tackle forest fires in Greece and Albania

26/08/2011 - Greece has activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, requesting urgent aerial assistance to fight forest fires raging in Alexandroupolis (in the north-east of the country). This was followed by a request for assistance from Albania. Within a few hours, (...)

Commissioner Georgieva on visit to the highly technical management centre of EMERCOM © EU

Commissioner Georgieva visited Russia's emergency management centre and discussed cooperation with Russian counterparts

19/05/2011 - Commissioner Georgieva is in Moscow, where she met with Russian government officials, attended an impressive exhibition of civil protection technologies, and visited Russia's state of the art emergency response centre. (...)

Kristalina Georgieva, (second from right) answers questions from Japanese reporters © EU

Commissioner Georgieva – in Tokyo – praises Japan for its impressive effort to save lives and contain disaster damage

25/03/2011 - Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva has become the first high-level international politician to visit Japan in the aftermath of its devastating multiple disaster. Upon arrival in Tokyo, the Commissioner met with the Japanese Minister for Disaster Management Ryu Matsumoto, (...)

Departure of the Monitoring and Information Center team for Japan © EU

Commissioner Georgieva to visit disaster-stricken Japan

23/03/2011 - Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva will travel to Japan tomorrow, 24 March. In Tokyo, she will discuss the ongoing relief operations with the Japanese authorities and aid providers, and will oversee the logistics of European assistance being delivered to those in need. (...)

A policeman walks through rubble in the devastated town of Rikuzentakata © AFP PHOTO / Nicholas KAMM

European civil protection team leaves for Japan to coordinate European assistance following earthquake and tsunami wave

18/03/2011 - 15 European experts, from 8 member states, left for Tokyo this afternoon. They will coordinate on the ground the European humanitarian assistance to the Japanese people struggling with the consequences of a devastating earthquake and tsunami wave. (...)

A family walk through the devastated remains of Kamaishi city © EPA/ Belga

EU Civil Protection Mechanism to coordinate European assistance to Japan following double disaster

15/03/2011 - Japan has requested assistance through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism to cope with the consequences of last week's massive earthquake and tsunami wave. The request triggered immediate offers from several Member States. (...)

Floods following the tsunami in Japan © Belga

European Civil Protection Mechanism activated to help Japan cope with earthquake/tsunami destruction

11/03/2011 - At the request of Japan, the European Commission has activated the European Civil Protection Mechanism to provide assistance in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck the country earlier today. Japan has requested search and rescue teams and search dogs for ongoing operations. (...)

Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva at the Bulgarian Parliament

Commissioner Georgieva discusses European agenda and global challenges with Bulgarian parliamentarians and aspiring politicians

04/02/2011 - Coordination between European and national institutions and the priorities of the Commission for 2011 – these were the topics of today’s discussion between Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva and members of the Bulgarian National Assembly. Mrs Georgieva visited the parliament in her native Sofia, where she presented the working programme of the Commission (...)

Commissioner Georgieva in Haiti, visiting the hospital with Handicap International - 02/03/2010 © EU

Commissioner Georgieva renews EU's commitment with Haiti one year after the earthquake

11/01/2011 - "One year after the terrible earthquake that struck Haiti and hurt more than one million people, we want to reaffirm that helping the country to recover remains a EU priority. We have been a steadfast partner in Haiti and we will continue to be fully committed in the long run to advancing the country's reconstruction and to helping its people build a better tomorrow". (...)

EU Civil Protection Mechanism fire fighting aircraft in action © EU

Israel receives European help to fight raging forest fires

03/12/2010 - The European Commission has moved quickly to help Israel put out the forest fires blazing in the north of the country. Last night, acting upon Israel's request for help, the Commission activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, (...)

Disaster simulation exercise in Haiti © EU

Measures to reduce disaster risk to be integrated into European Commission’s worldwide humanitarian actions

13/10/2010 - Just in the first half of 2010, over 160 natural disasters occurred worldwide, killing over 230 000 people and affecting 107 million others. Better preparedness saves lives, speeds up recovery and reduces the impact of future hazards. Today Commissioner Georgieva therefore reiterated the commitment of the European Commission to improve its global humanitarian and development actions, (...)

Commissioner Georgieva talking to flood victims © EU

Commissioner meets victims of the floods in Pakistan

26/08/2010 - On Wednesday 24 August 2010, Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response met with victims of the floods in Pakistan, during a two day visit to the country. The Commissioner saw for herself the plight of the people devastated by the worst disaster Pakistan has faced in decades, (...)

Flood damage in Pakistan © ACTED, 2010

Pakistan: Commissioner Georgieva proposes increasing Commission's funding to €70 million ahead of her visit to the area

18/08/2010 - In response to the ever increasing scale of the humanitarian crisis, the Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, announced today in a press conference that the Commission will request drawing an additional €30 million in urgent relief for Pakistan, (...)

Street covered in mud after the floods in Pakistan © Save the Children/S. A. Qureshi, 2010

Floods in Pakistan: Commission provides additional €10 million in emergency aid to address humanitarian needs

11/08/2010 - The European Commission adopted a €10 million emergency decision to further assist the most vulnerable people in Pakistan affected by the disastrous floods. The aid decision takes immediate effect and comes as an addition to the €30 million for humanitarian assistance allocated by the Commission on 30 July, (...)

Map of Romania © Collins Bartholomew

Floods in Romania: A new example of European solidarity

09/07/2010 - France, Estonia, Belgium and Austria have made their first offers for assistance to cope with Romanian floods, in response to the activation of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism by the Romanian authorities on 2nd of July. The request for assistance in form of inflatable dams, pumps, power generators, water purification systems, lighting kits and other material was immediately communicated to all Participating States through the Commission's Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC). (...)

Commissioner Georgieva in Romania © EU

Commissioner Georgieva on a visit to flood hit Romania

09/07/2010 - Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis response is in Romania to express her solidarity with the victims of the floods and to see for herself how Europe has helped and can still help the Romanian authorities cope with the on-going floods. The floods in Romania and the Republic of Moldova, as well as the recent floods in Central Europe (Poland, Hungary, Slovakia) are a dramatic reminder of Europe's vulnerability to natural disasters. (...)

Tropical storm Agatha © EU

The Commission allocates €3 million in humanitarian aid in response to the tropical storm Agatha in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras

01/06/2010 - The European Commission has announced today a humanitarian aid decision worth €3 million to cope with the consequences of tropical storm Agatha. Over 120 people are reported dead, and 160,000 people have been evacuated from the Pacific coast of Central America. Agatha is the first tropical storm of the Pacific hurricane season and has brought torrential rains to Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, provoking and floods and mudslides (...)

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, (...)

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) (...)

Commissioner Georgieva with aid workers © EU

Commissioner Georgieva addresses the European Parliament on the main humanitarian challenges that are faced in Haiti

20/04/2010 - Commissioner Georgieva told Parliament that the four main challenges are: - the continuation of humanitarian assistance in areas such as health, sanitation and shelter; (...)

Commissioner Georgieva in Chile © EU

In the field in Chile

12/03/2010 - Kristalina Georgieva has been to areas in Chile worst-affected by the recent earthquake. In her blog, she reports that while the damage is huge, the country's "disaster preparedness has been impressive." See also the video footage from her visit.

Commissioner Georgieva talking to victims of Haiti's earthquake © EU

Commissioner's blog: Haiti

03/03/2010 - Kristalina Georgieva has been in Haiti visiting EU-funded projects and meeting ministers, officials, aid workers and Haitians affected by the earthquake. Visit her blog to get her impressions from her first mission as European Commissioner reponsible for crisis response.

ECHO and its partner Solidarité monitoring the situation 2010 © EU/Susana Perez Diaz

Commissioner Georgieva leaving for Haiti on 28 February

26/02/2010 - Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva's first overseas mission in her new role as Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response will take her to Haiti. She leaves Brussels on 28 February, returning on 4 March. She will visit humanitarian projects (...)