Romania has accepted offers of assistance made by Belgium and Austria a few hours after the Bucharest authorities worked on Friday, EU Civil Protection Mechanism, seeking support to cope with floods, the European Commission announced.
"On the evening of July 2, the Romanian authorities activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, seeking support to cope with severe flooding currently affecting the north-east. Request for assistance in the form of inflatable dams, pumps, generators energy, water purification systems, lighting kits and other participating states was immediately notified by the Center for Monitoring and Information Commission, "it said in a statement published Sunday on the Commission website. Austria offered Romania 10 sewage pumping systems and three generators, while Belgium Romanian authorities provide 11 pumps, five generators and water purification unit. Belgian convoy Sunday morning went to Romania and will take over and help offered by Austria and will reach Romania on Monday night. According to European Commission, Romania and offers analyzes made by France and Estonia. France announced its willingness to provide five pumping systems, eight generators and water purification unit and 30 people for their operation, while Estonia announced that a joint team consisting of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and how high pumping capacity, financed by the European Commission, are prepared to intervene in Romania. "Once again, Europe has witnessed new examples of solidarity in a time when disaster struck. I would like to express my appreciation for those that come to the aid of my solidarity with Romania and the Romanian people, who suffer the consequences of flooding. I use lessons learned during recent disasters in Central and Eastern Europe to find ways to improve and strengthen our capacity in disaster response, "said Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and response situations crisis. European Civil Protection Mechanism facilitates disaster response and has 31 members (the 27 EU Member States, Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), who share resources that can be made available to countries affected by disasters throughout world. Once activated mechanism provides support coordination within and outside the European Union through the Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC). Since its creation in 2001, the Mechanism was activated for disasters occurring within the Member States (as was the 2009 forest fires in southern Europe), but also worldwide, including the recent earthquakes in Haiti and Chile.
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