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Montenegro receives European assistance to fight forest fires

The remains of a forest after a fire © EU
16/07/2012  - 

The European Civil Protection Mechanism is coordinating fire-fighting assistance to Montenegro, which requested help on Saturday to deal with serious forest fires in the northern part of the country. The European Commission's Monitoring and Information Centre communicated Montenegro's request to the 32 European countries collaborating in civil protection, as well as securing assistance from Croatia. It sent two helicopters with a crew of eight people to the zone of the fire.

The risk of forest fires remains high across Europe, due to the continuing heat wave and low precipitation. The EU Civil Protection Mechanism remains at the disposal of its participating states to coordinate the provision of assistance if needed. The Commission's civil protection experts are constantly monitoring the risks for and evolution of forest fires in Europe and are in regular contact with their national counterparts so that a fast and coordinated reaction can be provided should new emergencies arise.

The European Civil Protection Mechanism facilitates cooperation in disaster response among 32 European states (EU-27 plus Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway). The participating countries pool resources that can then be made available to disaster-stricken countries all over the world. The European Commission manages the Mechanism through the Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC).