European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, met today with Chinese State Councillor Ma Kai, to discuss cooperation in disaster risk management between China and the European Union. A joint project in this area was signed during the meeting. Commissioner Georgieva announced her intention to visit China in the near future. After the meeting, Commissioner Georgieva said, "We followed up on the commitment to strengthen cooperation in the field of emergency management, made in 2009 by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso. Enhanced cooperation will provide a platform for knowledge exchange and will ensure more efficient and cost-effective response and preparedness for disasters" .