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) which coordinates European response for Civil Protection. Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, visited the MIC operation room this afternoon to follow in site the evolution of the situation.
Member States have reacted rapidly. France, Germany and Spain offered pump equipment in response of the Polish Request. A multinational High Capacity Pumping module of Estonia/Latvia/Lithuania has also been mobilised in the framework of the Preparatory Action on an EU Rapid Response Capability. "The EU is founded on the principle of solidarity. In crisis like the one Poland is facing currently is when Member States support can make the best of this European value. I call on all the participants of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism that have the equipment requested by Poland to respond generously", said Kristalina Georgieva, Commissioner responsible for Crisis Response.