Commissioner Stylianides in Bonn, Germany

Tomorrow Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides will hold a keynote speech on the European dimension of civil protection at the opening ceremony of the 14th incoming class for disaster prevention and management at the University of Bonn (Masterstudiengang Katastrophenvorsorge und Katastrophenmanagement). The event hosts future civil protection professionals and practitioners. More trained civil protection experts are needed in the future and climate change is expected to exacerbate the effects of natural disasters in Europe and the world. In March 2019, the EU strengthened all components of its disaster risk management to better protect citizens from disasters. The upgraded EU Civil Protection Mechanism established a new European reserve of capacities (the ‘rescEU reserve’) that initially includes firefighting planes and helicopters.