EU, China to step up disaster risk management ties

European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva (left) during her visit to China. Photo by: Olli Geibel / EU

The European Union and China formalized Friday (June 15) an agreement to strengthen cooperation in the field of disaster risk management.

European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva headed the launch of the EU-China Disaster Risk Management project as part of her three-day visit to the Asian country June 14-16. The launch builds on a €6 million ($7.58 million) agreement the two sides signed in 2010.

The European Union has been increasingly engaging with China through partnerships in the fields of agriculture and trade, among others. This new disaster risk management project is yet another indication of the bloc’s desire to work more closely with the emerging Asian economy.

The project, according to Georgieva, will allow China to tap European expertise in improving its national disaster risk management system, including in areas of disaster preparedness and post-disaster management. A regular exchange of capacity-building knowledge, science, technology and tools is also expected.

“I hope our cooperation will also extend to other parts of the world where both the European Union and China act as donors of humanitarian relief,” the commissioner added.

China is providing an additional €3 million worth of in-kind support for the project, which will be implemented by a consortium of European companies to be selected in an upcoming call for grant proposals.

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