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Floods in Romania: A new example of European solidarity

Map of Romania © Collins Bartholomew
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). Some of these offers have been accepted by Romania and are on their way to the flooded area.

"Once again Europe has witnessed new examples of solidarity when disaster strikes. I would like to convey my appreciation to the countries that have come to the aid of Romania, and my solidarity to the Romanian people suffering the consequences of the flood. I will use the lessons learnt during recent disasters in Central and Eastern Europe to find ways to improve and reinforce our disaster response capacity in the future", said Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response.