Coronavirus: Commission boosts budget for repatriation flights and rescEU stockpile

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has proposed to make €75 million from the EU budget available to help Member States repatriate EU nationals and to increase the budget of the RescEU medical stockpile. Commissioner Johannes Hahn, in charge of the EU budget, said: “Today’s measure […]

COVID-19: Commission creates first ever rescEU stockpile of medical equipment

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has decided to create a strategic rescEU stockpile of medical equipment such as ventilators and protective masks to help EU countries in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. President Ursula von der Leyen said: “With the first ever common European reserve […]

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 […]

RescEU: MEPs vote to upgrade EU civil protection capacity

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Proposals to upgrade the EU civil defence mechanism, which was tested to its limits by deadly forest fires, storms and floods in 2017, were approved in Parliament on Thursday. The aim is to help member states to respond faster and more effectively to natural […]

Environment Committee MEPs vote to upgrade EU civil protection capacity

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament Upgrades to the EU civil defence mechanism, which was tested to its limits by deadly forest fires, storms and floods in 2017, were approved in committee on Thursday. The aim is to help member states to respond faster and more effectively to natural and […]