On Friday, 8 June 2018, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides opened the EU SAVES LIVES virtual reality exhibition in Rome in the presence of Ms Elisabetta Gardini, Member of European Parliament and Mr Fabrizio Curcio, Coordinator of Civil Protection, the Council Presidency. Speaking at the opening ceremony in Rome, Commissioner Stylianides said: "This campaign is about bringing Europe closer to its citizens. We want to showcase the added value of the EU in situations when natural disasters hit. The EU, through its emergency response, saves lives and protects European citizens in Europe and worldwide."
The EU SAVES LIVES campaign comes just a few months after the European Commission launched an ambitious proposal to further support Member States by upgrading the current collective European Civil Protection Mechanism via rescEU.
The European Commission's interactive virtual reality exhibition EU SAVES LIVES travels to several countries to explain how the European Union helps coordinate emergency response to natural disasters and other crises in Europe and worldwide. The traveling exhibition has already visited Berlin, Bucharest and Vilnius attracting more than 160 000 visitors so far. Following a ten-day stop in Rome, the roadshow will travel to Marseille (29 June-8 July) and Madrid (20-29 July).