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Coordinated EU operation to tackle forest fires in Greece and Albania

26/08/2011 - Greece has activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, requesting urgent aerial assistance to fight forest fires raging in Alexandroupolis (in the north-east of the country). This was followed by a request for assistance from Albania. Within a few hours, (...)

A destroyed Vasiliko Power Station in Mari, Cyprus, on 12 July 2011, one day after the huge explosion © EPA/KATIA CHRISTODOULOU

The EU Civil Protection Mechanism to help Cyprus cope with blast damage

14/07/2011 - Cyprus has requested assistance through the European Civil Protection Mechanism after the devastating explosion at a naval base near Larnaca. (...)

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), (...)

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 in Bad Godesberg © EU

Commissioner Georgieva attends the 6th European Congress on Civil Protection and Disaster Management

08/09/2010 - On September 8th, the European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva delivered a keynote presentation on the opening session of the 6th European Congress on Civil Protection and Disaster Management that took place in City Hall Bad Godesberg of the former German federal capital, Bonn. The main subject of the conference was "Enhancing European and National Networks for a successful Civil Protection"(...)

Cargo planes at an airport © EU

The Commission and Member States join efforts to transport large relief aid to Pakistan

01/09/2010 - An Antonov AN-124 cargo aircraft is leaving for Pakistan today with 100 tons of assistance provided in a joint effort by Germany, Italy, Austria and the Czech Republic, which is offering the plane on a cost-free basis. This shipment is coordinated by the Commission's Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC) which currently has a team of civil protection experts in Pakistan to monitor the distribution of EU in-kind assistance, (...)