Proposals to upgrade the EU civil protection mechanism, which was tested to its limits by deadly forest fires, storms and floods in 2017, were approved in Parliament on Thursday.
“We really have to put an end to tragedies like those we saw last year in Portugal, where 100 people lost their lives”, said lead MEP Elisabetta Gardini (EPP, IT). “We had to recognise that, when several member states are facing an emergency at the same time, the solidarity between countries that exists today is not enough. The collective capacity of the European Union was asked to respond to 17 simultaneous requests for aid, but was able able to respond to only 10, and in some cases even with delays. Now, thanks to RescEU, to the work we have all done together, we can prevent situations like this happening again” she added.
excerpt from http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/lt/press-room/20180528IPR04447/resceu-meps-vote-to-upgrade-eu-civil-protection-capacity
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