Meeting between Kristalina Georgieva, and the B-fast team, in Strasbourg
Strasbourg - EP/Louise Weiss
On 10 December 2013, Kristalina Georgieva, Member of the EC in charge of International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, met with B-Fast Representatives in Strasbourg.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the EP building in Strasbourg
||General views of B-Fast tents (10 shots)
||Soundbite (in FRENCH) by Gilles du Bois d'Aische, Logistics Manager at B-Fast saying that what was particularly difficult in this mission was the degree of disaster, the chaos that they were confronted and the local governments tried to make things return to orders. But it was very difficult, because the local government had itself sustained important damages.
||Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by Koenraad Schwagten, Surgeon at B-Fast saying that when they stop working and look at around them they see brave people who survived and still keep the smile even if they had lost everything. Saying that it is completely amazing and he feels very touched by that.
||Kristalina Georgieva, Member of the EC in charge of International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, visiting the camp, and talking with Representatives of B-Fast (17 shots)
||Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by Kristalina Georgieva: It is a great day for Europe because we have just adopted the new legislation of the civil protection which would make our citizens here in Europe safer, and it would make it easier for us to help others who are in moments of great stress because of natural disasters somewhere in the world. We have just deployed our civil protection capabilities in the Philippines to help the population most affected by the typhoon. And I'm proud that it was a European team, a Belgian team that was the first to provide medical services in clean water to the population of Tacloban virtually three days after the disaster hit.
||Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by Elisabetta Gardini, Member of the EP: We're building, through the civil protection, a friendlier European Union. Our citizens want more, more Europe when they are affected by a natural disaster. And they will feel safer and they will feel in a common house. So I think today is a very great day.