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04/03/2015
"Acting when the disaster has happened is the immediate reaction. But if you haven’t prepared and if you haven’t assessed the risks, then you won’t be able to act efficiently", said Claus Sørensen, Director-General of the European Commission's...
20/11/2014
On 19 November, as part of a coordinated European response, a Dutch vessel, the Karel Doorman, carried vital supplies to the three worst-hit countries in West Africa: Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. The ship transported 160 vehicles, 80 containers...
13/11/2014
Working together in Europe and around the world: training, coordinating and responding when disaster strikes around the world. Find out more about how the EU's Civil Protection Mechanism was created and is used today to ensure Europe is ready...
04/09/2014
Over 3 000 workers were working in Rana Plaza, Bangladesh when a building collapsed on them. After a 20 day rescue mission involving volunteers and professional search and rescue staff many were dug out of the rubble but 1 127 people were killed in...
04/08/2014
On 4 August, Sweden requested assistance to deal with forest fires in the country to the Union Civil Protection Mechanism. The Emergency Response Coordination Centre, the heart of the EU's coordinated response, is organising a response. Our...

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