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13/06/2013
A large-scale EU-funded field exercise is finishing today in Lyon, France. As one of the largest exercises in Europe, it brought together some 2 500 participants, including intervention teams from France, Spain, Italy, Germany and Belgium.Based on...
07/06/2013
Since the beginning of the floods that have struck the countries of Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, the newly inaugurated Emergency Response Centre (ERC) of the European Commission based in DG ECHO, has been monitoring the...
06/06/2013
Today, President Barroso issued a video statement on the Syrian crisis, which is worsening by the day. The latest UNHCR figures now indicate almost 1.6 million refugees with Lebanon (nearly 507,00), Jordan (472,631) and Turkey (379,580) bearing the...
03/06/2013
"It is not the earthquake that kills you, it is the house collapsing on you". With these words, Álvaro de Vicente, the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department's (ECHO) South America office boss, is trying to...
30/05/2013
The Russian Ministry for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters (EMERCOM) is visiting the recently opened Emergency Response Centre (ERC) in Brussels today.During their visit to Brussels Minister Vladimir...
21/05/2013
Fears of widespread devastation were allayed as tropical storm Mahasen lost power quickly as it moved inland after hitting Patuakhali district in southern Bangladesh on Thursday.  Fortunately the predicted storm surge was avoided because Mahasen...
16/05/2013
As  Tropical Cyclone Mahasen begins to lash the coast of Bangladesh and Myanmar with fierce winds and heavy rain, three humanitarian experts from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) are due to arrive in Bangladesh on...
15/05/2013
Natural and man-made disasters continue to increase in number and intensity since many years: in 1975 there were 78 recorded disasters worldwide; since the year 2000, the number has consistently been between 310 and 432 per year, including in...
15/05/2013
The European Union will allocate an extra €12 million in humanitarian aid for Mali. This was announced today by ECHO´s commissioner Kristalina Georgieva during the international donor conference for the development of Mali, organised in Brussels...
13/05/2013
On Saturday, 11 May, Commissioner Georgieva announced an additional humanitarian funding allocation of €65 million for the spiralling humanitarian crisis in and around Syria."Violence, insecurity and the fight for survival now overwhelm the daily...

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