European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations

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"EU Saves Lives" in Europe and worldwide

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22/02/2019 to 11/08/2019

Did you know…

The European Union responds to natural disasters and other emergencies in Europe and worldwide? The EU is the world's leading donor of humanitarian aid. Providing basic needs, education, and protection, EU-funded projects contribute to saving and improving the lives of people affected by crises. The EU also helps coordinate response to disasters in Europe and worldwide through its Civil Protection Mechanism. All of this is illustrated in the travelling exhibition on EU response to emergencies called “EU Saves Lives”. In this exhibition citizens experience the EU in action through the innovative tool of virtual reality.

“EU Saves Lives” roadshow

The second edition of the “EU Saves Lives” roadshow will travel across several European cities between February and August 2019. With stops made in Vienna, Naples, Nicosia, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Cologne, Lyon, and Lisbon, visitors vividly experience the EU's response to natural or man-made disasters. In an immersive virtual reality, they encounter the importance of humanitarian aid and civil protection, based on the principle of solidarity. Using innovative technology, the ”EU Saves Lives campaign thus aims to bring the EU closer to its citizens.

The second edition comes after a successful first roadshow edition in 2018 that visited six European cities and received 450 000 visitors in total.

Pilot a firefighting plane: Feel like a firefighter

Have you ever imagined yourself as a firefighter, flying a plane all by yourself? The “EU Saves Lives” roadshow gives you that chance! With our two interactive water bomber chairs, you can now pilot a firefighting plane. Sit inside the cockpit of a water bomber flying over a massive forest fire in Italy and help to put it out. Get a taste of EU-coordinated response to forest fires.

Experience education in a Kenyan refugee camp

Immerse yourself in the Kakuma camp in Kenya, one of the largest refugee camps in the world. Our virtual reality experience offers you an insight into the importance of providing education for children caught up in humanitarian crises. Education in emergencies is one of the EU’s flagship priorities. Meet the children of the camp, see their talent and potential, and learn how EU-funded projects support their development by providing education in emergencies.

Visit refugee camp in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh

With this virtual reality experience, you will be travel into the midst of the Rohingya crisis where you will step inside a refugee camp in Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh to learn about the refugees' lives and the work of EU-funded projects.


Roadshow dates and locations

22 February – 2 March: Vienna, Austria
15 March – 24 March: Naples, Italy
12 April – 21 April: Nicosia, Cyprus
10 May – 19 May: Stockholm, Sweden
31 May – 9 June: Copenhagen, Denmark
21 June – 30 June: Essen, Germany
12 July – 21 July: Lyon, France
2 August – 11 August: Portimao, Portugal

Watch highlights of the first edition of travelling roadshow.

/echo/file/eu-saves-lives-roadshow_enEU Saves Lives - the Roadshow

Last updated 15/11/2019