Kristalina Georgieva is in Salzburg where she is taking part in an EU co-financed disaster exercise focusing on landslides - a major risk in Austria.
Nearly a thousand rescue workers will be involved in the simulated disaster, called "EU Taranis 2013". More than half are from Austria's national organisations, with expertise in fire-fighting and water, cave and mountain rescue. Teams will also be provided by Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Croatia, Netherlands, Romania and the Czech Republic.
Two years in the planning, the exercise mirrors the recent record flooding in Central Europe. This makes the simulation even more relevant to improving the cooperation between EU Member States and members of the Civil Protection Mechanism.
The scenario for the exercise is that long-lasting massive rainfalls in the western parts of Austria, especially in the Province of Salzburg, lead to regional floods, landslides, mudslides, rock-falls, combining with an extreme flood caused by mountain melt-water.