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Commissioner visits Serbia to discuss cooperation in disaster management

Boats in Sava port, Belgrade © EU
17/11/2011  - 

Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva is on her way to Serbia, where she will attend a ministerial conference on closer regional cooperation on the prevention of natural and man-made disasters.

The Commissioner will present the European Union's approach to disaster prevention and risk reduction; she will outline the advantages of closer cooperation between candidate and potential candidate countries and the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.

‘The Commission is a determined supporter of cooperation on civil protection among South East European countries. Such regional cooperation helps bring them closer to the European Union and to the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. Only by working together we can strenghten our capacity to respond to disasters, our resilience to disaster risks and our ability to ensure adequate prevention in Europe,’ said Commissioner Georgieva.

‘It is important that national and regional projects in this area are consistent with our collective activities at the EU level. Particularly in the current environment of austerity, coordinated European action is the only way to ensure the best use of our resources, avoid duplication and take full advantage of the compatibility of our assets,’ she underlined.

In Belgrade, the EU Crisis Response Commissioner will meet the Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic, Minister of the Interior Ivica Dacic, and Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council Hido Biscevic. The Commissioner will also visit to the Belgrade City Operational Centre for Information, part of the Ministry of Interior's Sector for Emergency Management.