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.
Unfortunately, these natural disasters will become more frequent as climate change leads to more extreme weather events. When faced with disasters of this magnitude the national capacity to respond can be overwhelmed and in such cases European solidarity can make all the difference in saving and protecting lives as well as critical infrastructures. Romania activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism on 2 July and the member states reacted very quickly. Assistance from Belgium, Austria and Hungary has already been delivered to the Galati area and Germany is sending tarpaulins - 5.000 m2 (geotextile material). Many other offers were made available by France, Bulgaria, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, but were not needed by the Romanian authorities as the situation had evolved.