Participation of Kristalina Georgieva in a civil protection exercise in Austria
On 28 June 2013, Kristalina Georgieva, Member of the EC in charge of International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, was in Salzburg where she took part in an EU co-financed disaster exercise focusing on landslides - a major risk in Austria.
Nearly a thousand rescue workers were involved in the simulated disaster, called "EU Taranis 2013". More than half were from Austria's national organisations, with expertise in fire-fighting and water, cave and mountain rescue. Teams were provided by Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Croatia, Netherlands, Romania and the Czech Republic.
The scenario for the exercise was that long-lasting massive rainfalls in the western parts of Austria, especially in the Province of Salzburg, led to regional floods, landslides, mudslides, rock-falls, combining with an extreme flood caused by mountain melt-water.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||General views of the disaster exercise focusing on landslides: damaged car under tank full of poison, injured and dead victims, damaged train, burning barrel, Firemen working, Medical crew on action, Experts in protecting suits checking the barrels and damaged car (28 shots)
||Soundbite by Kristalina Georgieva, Member of the EC in charge of International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response (in ENGLISH): We live in a world with incredibly fast increasing of frequency and intensity of disasters. And with climate change, this trend will only go up.
||Soundbite by Johanna Mikl-Leitner, Austrian Federal Minister for the Interior (in GERMAN) saying that this exercise is important not only for Austrian Ministry for the Interior Affairs, which is responsible for organization, but for the whole Austria and for the whole Europe.
||Soundbite by Kristalina Georgieva (in ENGLISH): With more frequent and devastating disasters, we in Europe have to be better prepared. For this we need to bring teams from different countries to work together in an environment that is closest to reality maybe.
||Soundbite by Johanna Mikl-Leitner (in GERMAN) saying that they would get the experience of cooperation between national helping organizations and organizations from other EU Member States. And thanks to this experience with "Taranis 2013" they would prepare the strategy for the future.
||General view of the disaster exercise