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Commissioner Georgieva presents the disaster response strategy © EU

Faster, better, cost-efficient EU response to disasters proposed today by Commissioner Georgieva

26/10/2010 - The European Commission made an important step today, towards reinforcing the EU's capacity to react to disasters with speed and efficiency. The new strategy, proposed by Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva, aims to secure the mobilisation and fast deployment of EU assets where needed, when needed and as quickly as needed in disaster situations, (...)

Commissioner Georgieva in Ajka (Hungary) © EU

Facing the aftermath of a disaster – Commissioner Georgieva visits Hungary

18/10/2010 - Kristalina Georgieva saw and discussed the emergency measures taken after the substantial spill of industrial mud in Western Hungary. Today the Commissioner visited Ajka, the site of the incident, and the affected nearby villages, (...)

Commissioner Georgieva on board of the ‘Ria do Vigo’ © EU

Working to prevent pollution at sea - Commissioner Georgieva visits the European Maritime Safety Agency

14/10/2010 - Closer cooperation and better preparedness to respond to maritime pollution - those were the themes of today's visit by Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva to the European Maritime Safety Agency ( EMSA), (...)

Disaster simulation exercise in Haiti © EU

Measures to reduce disaster risk to be integrated into European Commission’s worldwide humanitarian actions

13/10/2010 - Just in the first half of 2010, over 160 natural disasters occurred worldwide, killing over 230 000 people and affecting 107 million others. Better preparedness saves lives, speeds up recovery and reduces the impact of future hazards. Today Commissioner Georgieva therefore reiterated the commitment of the European Commission to improve its global humanitarian and development actions, (...)

Rescuers on a street covered in red sludge in Devecser (Hungary) © AFP PHOTO/SAMUEL KUBANI

Hungary accident: European team of five experts to start working on the ground

11/10/2010 - A European civil protection team of five experts from France, Belgium, Sweden, Austria and Germany has arrived in Hungary this morinng (11/10) to support the Hungarian authorities in their efforts to combat the pollution caused by the break of a sludge depository in the city of Ajka. The experts will start working immediately in the place of the accident, (...)

A rescue worker searching for victims in the polluted village of Kolontar © PHOTOPQR/LE PARISIEN/Philippe de Poulpiquet

Hungary activates the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and requests technical expertise to combat mud pollution

08/10/2010 - At 19h36 of 07 October, Hungary activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism for urgent international assistance in response to the pollution caused by the breakdown of a sludge depository in the city of Ajka. The Hungarian authorities have identified an immediate need for three to five experts with strong field experience in handling toxic sludge, (...)

Map of the affected area in Hungary © EU

Pollution in Hungary - MIC follows developments and remains in contact with Hungarian authorities

07/10/2010 - 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, (...)

Commissioner Georgieva announces the increase in funding © EU

Pakistan: Commissioner Georgieva announces the doubling the funding for flood victims

01/10/2010 - As millions of people in Pakistan remain in dire need of urgent humanitarian assistance, the Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, announced last Friday (01/10) that the European Commission will be more than doubling its funds for relief assistance, bringing the total to €150 million. In total, the European Union (Commission and Member States together) is providing flood victims with relief assistance worth €320 million. A more comprehensive package will be discussed at the Friends of Democratic Pakistan meeting to be hosted on 14/15 October by the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Vice President of the European Commission, Catherine Ashton, (...)