The ongoing emergency in Hungary is being followed closely by the EU's Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC), which stands ready to provide assistance to the Hungarian authorities. Commissioner Georgieva has been in telephone contact with the Hungarian Minister of Interior, Sándor Pintér, to express her support to the Hungarian authorities, to learn more about the situation in Hungary and to reiterate the MIC's readiness to provide assistance when requested. Commissioner Georgieva was particularly interested in the pollution situation of the Danube River. The possibilities for help are pooled in the EU Civil Protection Mechanism that facilitates cooperation in disaster response among 31 countries. So far, Hungary has made no request for assistance to deal with the toxic chemicals released into the environment in the western part of the country. The resources deployable through the Civil Protection Mechanism can be made available to disaster-stricken countries all over the world. When activated, the Mechanism ensures the coordination of assistance interventions inside and outside the European Union. Such activities are coordinated by the European Commission. Since its creation in 2001, the Mechanism has been activated for disasters in Member States (like the forest fires in Southern Europe in 2009, or floods in Poland, Hungary and Romania in May 2010) but also worldwide, including recent catastrophes in Haiti, Chile and Pakistan.