Launched on 6th of April 2018 in Vilnius, Lithuania, the #EUSavesLives campaign consists of a virtual reality roadshow which will tour several countries between April and July 2018. The roadshow will stop in Bucharest, Berlin, Rome, Marseille, before ending in Madrid. Each stop will last for 10 days, allowing visitors to experience EU emergency response in immersive virtual reality.
Visitors will be able to choose from three virtual reality experiences based on EU emergency response in Europe and beyond. The first experience throws the participant into the midst of the Rohingya crisis where they can step inside a refugee camp in Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh to learn about the refugees' lives and the work of EU-funded projects.
In the second experience participants will visit an earthquake simulation during a civil protection exercise in Denmark. Visitors will experience first-hand how civil protection experts from different European countries prepare for emergency action.
Finally, participants have the opportunity to take control in the cockpit of a water bomber flying over a massive forest fire in Italy Participants are placed at the heart of an EU-coordinated response in an attempt to limit the damage ravaged by the fire.
Through its participatory elements, #EUSavesLives brings the EU closer to its citizens and showcases how the EU makes a positive contribution to the everyday life of European citizens and those in need worldwide.
On Friday, 29 June, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides opened the EU Saves Lives exhibition in Marseille in the presence of Mrs Frédérique Camilleri, Secretary General, Defence and Security, zone south, Mr Richard Mallié, Member of the Bouches-du-Rhône Departmental Council and President of the Departmental Fire and Rescue service and Mr Julien Ruas, Deputy Mayor of Marseille.
At the Marseille opening, Commissioner Stylianides said, "Natural disasters know no borders. We need to be prepared to respond when they hit and protect our citizens. This campaign brings the EU closer to its citizens and showcases the added value of the EU in situations when most needed. The EU, through its emergency response, saves lives and protects European citizens in Europe and worldwide."
Left to Right: Mr Julien Ruas, Deputy Mayor of Marseille, Mr Richard Mallié, Member of the Bouches-du-Rhône Departmental Council and President of the Departmental Fire and Rescue service, Mrs Frédérique Camilleri, Secretary General, Defence and Security, zone south, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides and Mrs Kiera Chaplin, actor. © EU
Date: Friday 29 June - Sunday 8 July
Venue: Grand Littoral, Marseille, France