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EU mobilises emergency assistance following floods in Ukraine

Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič © European Union, 2020

Following the devastating floods in the south-west of Ukraine last week, the EU continues to mobilise emergency assistance through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. Intensive rains resulted in the largest flooding in the south-west of Ukraine in the last 50 years, with several casualties and damage to hundreds of homes. 

Today, an airplane of the Italian government will deliver pumping equipment, personal safety material, chainsaws, power stations and tents to the affected population. 

Over the weekend, Sweden committed to sending 1.2 kilometres of flood barrier, 250 hoses and technical experts. In addition to the Italian and Swedish assistance, the European Commission is providing mapping services of the affected areas through the EU Copernicus satellite system. 

Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, said: “Sweden and Italy provide a proof of the Union's solidarity when climate disasters strike. We stand ready to provide further assistance to all those in the affected areas and to support the civil protection authorities striving to alleviate the most pressing needs on the ground.” 

The European Union's 24/7 Emergency Response Coordination Centre is in constant contact with the Ukrainian authorities to closely monitor the situation and channel further EU assistance on request.


The EU Civil Protection Mechanism facilitates the cooperation in disaster response among 34 European states (27 EU Member States, UK, North Macedonia, Iceland, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia and Turkey). These Participating States pool the resources that can be made available to disaster-stricken countries all over the world.

When activated, the Mechanism coordinates the provision of assistance inside and outside the European Union.

The European Commission manages the Mechanism through the Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC).

The European Civil Protection Mechanism is activated regularly to respond to floods and earthquakes, forest fires and other disasters inside and outside Europe. It also played a crucial role in the EU response to the COVID-19 crisis.

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