Forest fires: EU helps Italy, Greece, Albania and North Macedonia fight devastating fires – The European Sting – Critical News & Insights on European Politics, Economy, Foreign Affairs, Business & Technology
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As forest fires continue to affect various parts of the Mediterranean and the Western Balkans, the European Commission is swiftly mobilizing its support to help countries limit the spread of fires and protect lives and livelihoods.
- Two Canadair firefighting planes from France are dispatched to affected areas in Italy to begin firefighting operations today.
- Two firefighting planes from Cyprus are supporting Greece, in addition to a firefighting team to support ground operations.
- Two helicopters intended to support operations in Albania will also be dispatched from the Czech Republic and the Netherlands.
- In addition, Slovenia is sending a team of 45 firefighters to North Macedonia.
All aid is mobilized through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, with Commission co-financing of at least 75% of transport costs.
Crisis Management Commissioner Janez LenarÄiÄ noted: âWe are working around the clock to send aid as fires rage across Europe. I thank Cyprus, the Czech Republic, France, Slovenia and the Netherlands for the rapid deployment of firefighting planes, helicopters and a team of firefighters to come to the aid of countries severely affected by forest fires. As several Mediterranean countries face fires, EU Civil Protection is ensuring that our existing firefighting tools are used to their maximum capacity. This is a great example of EU solidarity in times of need.“
These deployments are in addition to the EU coordinated firefighting operations currently underway in Turkey, as well as in Sardinia, Italy at the end of July. Satellite maps from the EU’s Copernicus emergency management satellite provide additional support to emergency services to coordinate operations.
The European Union’s 24/7 Emergency Response Coordination Center is in constant contact with the civil protection authorities of the countries affected by the fires to closely monitor the situation and channel help from the fire. ‘EU.