EU mobilises emergency aid for Croatia after earthquake
As President von der Leyen reiterated in her phone call with Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković yesterday, the European Commission stands in full solidarity with the Croatia following the earthquake over the weekend. The EU Civil Protection Mechanism has been activated by Croatia. In an immediate response, the European Commission has already helped mobilise tents, beds, mattresses, heaters and sleeping bags from Slovenia, Hungary, Austria and Italyto be dispatched swiftly to the affected areas. “The EU is here to assist Croatia at this difficult time. European support is already on its way. I am very thankful to Slovenia, Hungary, Austria and Italy for their offers through our Civil Protection Mechanism. Our thoughts are with all those affected and with the national first responders on the scene. We stand ready to provide further assistance,” said Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič. The European Union’s 24/7 Emergency Response Coordination Centre is in regular contact with the Croatian authorities to closely monitor the situation and channel EU assistance.