European Commission opened Emergency Response Centre in Brussels

The European Commission has announced to open its Emergency Response Centre (ERC) in the EU capital, Brussels. The aim is to provide a better coordinated, faster and more efficient response when disaster strikes in Europe and the rest of the world.

EC-ERC_May15-2013The European Commission informs that the ERC is a coordination hub, monitoring events, disasters and crises in real time, ready to respond to multiple disasters simultaneously 24/7. It will coordinate life-saving actions with the 32 members of the European Civil Protection Mechanism and their civil protection assets.

Based within the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), the ERC will take on functions from the current Monitoring and Information Centre to help deliver a faster, more efficient response to natural and man-made disasters and crises.

Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, commented: “With the increasing frequency and complexity of disasters, making a coordinated and immediate response is an essential part of any life-saving action. We have established the Emergency Response Centre to enable the EU and its Member States to respond to overwhelming natural and man-made disasters in a more timely and efficient manner.”

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