Forest fires: EU continues to mobilise assistance for Greece and other countries in region

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU Civil Protection Mechanism continues to channel support to help combat unprecedented forest fires in Greece and the rest of the Mediterranean. Following requests from Greece, North Macedonia, Albania, Italy and Turkey, the European Union has now helped mobilise 14 firefighting planes, 3 […]

Forest fires: EU helps Italy, Greece, Albania and North Macedonia to fight devastating fires

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As forest fires continue affecting various regions in the Mediterranean and the Western Balkans, the European Commission is swiftly mobilising support to assist countries in limiting the spread of the fires and protect lives and livelihoods. Two Canadair firefighting airplanes from France are being […]

Forest fires in Sardinia: EU mobilises immediate assistance to Italy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In response to Italy’s request for assistance through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism to help in the fight against the ongoing wildfires in Sardinia, the EU is mobilising immediate support from France and Greece. Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management, said: “I thank France […]

EU deploys immediate assistance to help Cyprus contain devastating forest fires

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Cyprus activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism on 3 July 2021, requesting support to tackle forest fires in the Limassol district. Responding immediately, the EU has rapidly mobilised rescEU aerial fire-fighting assets hosted by Greece and Italy. Firefighting planes have already departed from Greece, […]

Forest fires: Commission adds planes to rescEU fleet to prepare for summer

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. To prepare for the risk of forest fires during the upcoming summer, the EU is further reinforcing its European fleet of firefighting aircraft under the rescEU system. The EU is financing purchases by the Swedish government of 2 new firefighting airplanes to add to […]

rescEU: EU establishes initial firefighting fleet for next forest fire season

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. To prepare for the risk of forest fires during the upcoming summer, the Commission is launching today the first fleet of firefighting aircraft under the new rescEU system to tackle natural disasters. So far seven firefighting airplanes and six helicopters will be part of […]