3 November 2011 – On the evening of October 26th the European Commission activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism (MIC) in order to support coordinated European assistance in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake that struck Eastern Turkey on Sunday.
Winterized tents and prefabricated houses are the relief items most needed in the quake affected area. The request triggered a prompt reaction. 16 Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Luxembourg, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands and the UK) have offered over 5,800 winterised tents that can accommodate around 31,000 people.
In order to facilitate the distribution of incoming European assistance and to liaise with the national authorities, the MIC has deployed a six member coordination team. All European assistance channelled through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism has arrived on site and has been handed over to the authorities. The team has returned from Turkey on 1st November.