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Floods following the tsunami in Japan © Belga

European Civil Protection Mechanism activated to help Japan cope with earthquake/tsunami destruction

11/03/2011 - At the request of Japan, the European Commission has activated the European Civil Protection Mechanism to provide assistance in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck the country earlier today. Japan has requested search and rescue teams and search dogs for ongoing operations. (...)

Participants at the Ministerial Meeting on the Bonn Agreement © EU

A step forward in the fight against marine pollution

26/11/2010 - Commissioner Georgieva visited Dublin on Wednesday 24 November to co-chair the first Ministerial Meeting of the Bonn Agreement. The meeting agreed on an ambitious strategy for improving the protection of the North Sea’s coastal and marine environment from pollution. (...)

Commissioner Georgieva in Ajka (Hungary) © EU

Facing the aftermath of a disaster – Commissioner Georgieva visits Hungary

18/10/2010 - Kristalina Georgieva saw and discussed the emergency measures taken after the substantial spill of industrial mud in Western Hungary. Today the Commissioner visited Ajka, the site of the incident, and the affected nearby villages, (...)

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), (...)

Rescuers on a street covered in red sludge in Devecser (Hungary) © AFP PHOTO/SAMUEL KUBANI

Hungary accident: European team of five experts to start working on the ground

11/10/2010 - A European civil protection team of five experts from France, Belgium, Sweden, Austria and Germany has arrived in Hungary this morinng (11/10) to support the Hungarian authorities in their efforts to combat the pollution caused by the break of a sludge depository in the city of Ajka. The experts will start working immediately in the place of the accident, (...)

A rescue worker searching for victims in the polluted village of Kolontar © PHOTOPQR/LE PARISIEN/Philippe de Poulpiquet

Hungary activates the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and requests technical expertise to combat mud pollution

08/10/2010 - At 19h36 of 07 October, Hungary activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism for urgent international assistance in response to the pollution caused by the breakdown of a sludge depository in the city of Ajka. The Hungarian authorities have identified an immediate need for three to five experts with strong field experience in handling toxic sludge, (...)

View of the meeting room © EU

Commissioner Georgieva participates in a meeting with representatives of Gas and Oil Companies and national surveillance authorities

15/07/2010 - Commissioner Georgieva together with the Energy Commissioner Günther Öttinger, the Commissioner for Environment Janez Potočnik and the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki held a meeting with representatives of Gas and Oil Companies and national surveillance authorities. This is the second meeting of that kind and is aimed at obtaining assurances both from industry and national regulatory authorities that everything is being done to avoid disasters (...)

Koseq Sweeping arm © Koseq

EU offers special oil recovery equipment to support the US in combating the environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico

28/05/2010 - On 27th of May in the late afternoon, the European Commission’s Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC) received a request for assistance from the United States Coast Guard to provide specific types of oil recovery equipment. Within a few hours, the MIC was able to put together a consolidated European offer (...)

Commissioner Georgieva, Commissioner Oettinger and a member of the Oettinger cabinet © EU

Commissioner Georgieva discusses with Energy Commissioner Öttinger and leaders of oil and gas production industry how to better prevent and react to oil pollution crisis

11/05/2010 - The meeting with high level representatives of major oil and gas companies focussed on obtaining assurances from the industry that they fully manage all risks to avoid disasters similar to the one currently witnessed in the Gulf of Mexico. (...)