The European Commission has adopted a communication that outlines its strategy to improve the European Union’s disaster response capacity. The new strategy identifies a twin-track approach to boost the bloc’s civil protection and humanitarian assistance.
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First, the commission proposes pooling pre-committed emergency assets of member states under the so-called European Emergency Response Capacity. These assets would be made available for EU disaster relief operations both inside and outside the bloc.
“The EU civil protection response is currently based on ad hoc offers of assistance from Member States, which makes planning for emergency operations difficult,” a release by the European Commission states.
Second, the crisis humanitarian aid and civil protection crisis rooms of the European Commission will be merged to create the 24/7 European Emergency Response Center. The proposed center will gather real-time information on disasters and coordinate EU disaster reponse with the United Nations.