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28/06/2013
The Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the International Rescue Committee and the European Commission's department for humanitarian aid and civil protection ECHO are hosting today a high level round table on preventing and...
20/06/2013
Each year, on the 20th of June, the world focuses on the plight of people who are forced to flee their homes due to conflicts or natural disasters – refugees. This day has been significant since 2001 when the UN General Assembly designated it on...
19/06/2013
The European Commission is responding to growing humanitarian needs in the Sahel region of Africa by increasing its support with an additional €69 million. These new funds were announced this week by the Commissioner, Kristalina Georgieva, during...
14/06/2013
An EU Civil Protection Team deployed to Lebanon to assist the authorities with the assessment of the current management of the refugee crisis has completed its mission. "The situation is extremely serious. Despite the admirable efforts on the part...
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...

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