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May 23, 2014, 14:23

Coordinated EU assistance to Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina

The European Union is providing coordinated assistance through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism which has been activated upon the request of Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina due to the severe flooding in the two countries. A total of 19 EU Member States offered assistance through equipment and experts.


Nearly 400 relief workers from the Member States have been deployed to Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina to help, among other things, to ensure the continuity of key power stations in Serbia. Two EU Civil Protection teams have been sent to the flooded areas to help with the coordination of relief efforts. 12 EU civil protection experts are on the ground – eight in Serbia and four in Bosnia and Herzegovina - coordinating the incoming European assistance and supporting local authorities. An EU humanitarian aid expert has also been deployed to Serbia to support the assessment of humanitarian needs on the ground.

Many of the EU Member States have offered rescue boats, high capacity pumps and operational teams to Serbia as well as evacuation helicopters, motor boats, generators, sandbags, tents, blankets and humanitarian aid kits to Bosnia & Herzegovina.

The European Commission is also providing satellite imagery of the flooded areas to the relevant authorities in the two countries and is co-financing the transportation costs of aid.

Furthermore, as a candidate country, Serbia will be eligible for up to €1 billion in reconstruction money from the European Solidarity Fund, while Bosnia will have to look to other means for EU funding.

For more information:
Fact sheet on the floods in Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina and the EU assistance
Press release on the EU assistance from 16 May
Press release on the assistance from 17 May
Statement by the Spokesperson on the floods in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina

 

Further information from the European Commission Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection