Environment Committee MEPs vote to upgrade EU civil protection capacity

the European Parliament

 

Press Release: Upgrades to the EU civil defence mechanism, which was tested to its limits by deadly forest fires, storms and floods in 2017, were approved in committee on Thursday.

The aim is to help member states to respond faster and more effectively to natural and man-made disasters, by sharing civil protection assets more efficiently. The draft law would set up a “RescEU” reserve of assets such as forest fire-fighting planes, high-capacity pumps,  field hospitals and emergency medical teams, to use in all kinds of emergencies.

“RescEU” would be able to buy or lease its own equipment, in addition to that lent by member states.  It would provide relief when they cannot, t but must not be used to replace their own capacities and responsibilities, MEPs say.

“The current system has shown its limitations. We saw this last summer, during the emergency of the forest fires that hit several countries at the same time, with a dramatic outcome in terms of loss of life. Natural disasters have also intensified as a result of climate change. And it is essential to give a response at European level, and time to act!” said lead MEP Elisabetta Gardini (EPP, IT).

“The mechanism will not replace those existing at national and regional level, but will complement their work to ensure more security for European citizens, especially in the case of disasters of particular magnitude” she added.

MEPs also propose setting  up the equivalent of an Erasmus programme to promote cooperation among civil protection personnel.  The Environment Committee approved the text by 48 votes to 8, with5 abstentions.

 

Photo: Over one million hectares of forest have been destroyed by fires in the EU last year©AP Images/European Union-EP. Link: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/ro/press-room/20180517IPR03708/environment-committee-meps-vote-to-upgrade-eu-civil-protection-capacity

 

Next steps

The draft law will be put to a vote by the full House at the 28-31 May plenary session in Strasbourg.

 Background

Over 200 people were killed by natural disasters in Europe in 2017. Recent tropical cyclones have severely affected the EU’s outermost regions and the overseas territories in the Caribbean. Above all, 2017 saw a disastrous series of forest fires. Over one million hectares of forest were destroyed, almost three times the five-year EU average, half of which was in Portugal alone.

Press Release, European Parliament,  17th of May 2018, Source: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/ro/press-room/20180517IPR03708/environment-committee-meps-vote-to-upgrade-eu-civil-protection-capacity

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My name is GHEORGHIU CLAUDIU VICTOR and I was born in October 1967 in Bucharest. In 1998 I took the master degree at University from Bucharest , the Faculty of History- universal old history section- with theme (CONSTANTIN the GREAT and CHRISTIANITY) at professor LIGIA BARZU. In 1991 I graduated Art School , PAINTING section with TITU DRAGUTESCU. I painted sacred pictures from 1990. I paint in technique tempera or tempera with egg on wood. During the period 1992-1994 I was managership at COLEUS modern art gallery . I am member of the Association Branch of Religious Plastic Arts and Restoration : AFAPRR of UAP from Romania: Romanian Fine Arts Union from 9th of April 2016, admitted by contest. I was member in Plastic Background(FP) belong Romanian Fine Arts Union (UAP) from 7th of December 2000, admitted by contest. From 25th of May 2015 I was elected Media advisor of the Steering Committee of the Association Branch of Religious Plastic Arts and Restoration : AFAPRR of UAP from Romania: Romanian Fine Arts Union. From 2014 I am member VISARTA(from March 31, 2017, I was elected in the Steering Committee of Visarta, during the period 2017-2022), the Romanian Visual Arts Copyright Collecting Society. I have 4th Personal Exhibitions with sacred art organized by UAP from Romania- Romanian Fine Arts Union in Bucharest (2001,2003,2004 at ArTei Gallery, 2007 at Galateea Gallery) and another at Silva Gallery in Busteni(2007-2008). I have also 2 Personal Exhibitions in Italy : I was Honor Guest, representing Romania, with sacred art, June 2003 at Pisa and in October 2006 ”The ICONS, sacred pictures in contemporary world” at Viadana(Mantua). I won some prizes in Italy and I participated, admitted by contest, at some art fairs and international exhibitions around the world, representing Romania: most of them in Italy, but also in France, Greece, Japan, Peru, South Korea, Switzerland. From May 2015 to January 2016 I was Contributing Editor at CULTURE (Fine Arts, Exhibitions, History, Religion) at the newspaper Jurnalul Bucurestiului. From 17th of January 2016 I was advanced Senior Editor at the same newspaper . From 1st of November 2015 to 31st of December 2016 I was Contributing Editor and Thematic Advisor at News Agency Lacasuri Ortodoxe and Press service LO News. From 1st of January 2016 I am Senior Editor at CULTURE at the Intell News: Global news, press and event analysis.