EU coordinates biggest ever civil protection response in Sweden
The European Commission has now helped channel a record level of support to help Sweden battle unprecedented forest fires. So far, 7 firefighting planes, 7 helicopters, 60 vehicles and over 340 personnel have been offered through the EU's Civil Protection Mechanism thanks to Italy, France, Germany, Lithuania, Denmark, Portugal, Poland and Austria.
We have been working 24/7 to help Sweden. This is our duty in a Europe that protects and is close to citizens. Over the past week and weekend, a record level of EU support has been mobilised. The fires in Sweden show that climate change is real and that no country is immune to natural disasters. This is why the Commission has proposed to strengthen EU civil protection response through rescEU – so that when multiple disasters hit Member States they are better prepared to confront them, said Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management
The rescEU proposal is a central part of President Juncker’s agenda of a Europe that protects. The Commission’s Emergency Response Coordination Centre is closely monitoring the situation in Sweden and the forest fire risk across Europe.
About EU Civil Protection Mechanism
Established in 2001, the EU Civil Protection Mechanism fosters cooperation among national civil protection authorities across Europe. The Mechanism was set up to enable coordinated assistance from the participating states to victims of natural and man-made disasters in Europe and elsewhere and currently includes all 28 EU Member States in addition to Iceland, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey.
In response to the high number of recent emergencies, the EU Commission announced in November 2017 new plans to strengthen the EU’s civil protection response to support Member States to better respond and prepare for natural and man-made disasters.