European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides:
"With this proposal, we will be able to deliver emergency assistance for crises much faster than before, inside the European Union. Right now, there's no doubt that this will be particularly needed to support refugees. No time can be lost in deploying all means possible to prevent humanitarian suffering within our own borders. Today's proposal will make €700 million available to provide help where it is most needed. I now look to European governments and the European Parliament to quickly back the proposal."
Return of 308 irregular migrants, mainly of Moroccan, Algerian and Tunisian origin
Pledges to relocate 66400 refugees from Greece, but States have so far only created 1,539 spaces. Only 325 actual relocations have occurred.
Resources + coordination needed to solve Europe refugee situation, halt new crisis in Greece http://bit.ly/1L20rVw
“Every year, devastating forest fires take place in Europe and around the world, destroying thousands of hectares of forests. When the scale of a fire exceeds the capacity of a country to extinguish it, the EU Civil Protection Mechanism can be activated to coordinate the response from participating states.”
When Greece activated the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism on 2015-07-17 to request forest firefighting planes, the EU could respond in a matter of hours thanks to France that made available its firefighting planes from the voluntary pool of EU's civil protection assets.
European Commission retweeted 2015-07-17
Margaritis Schinas @MargSchinas Jul 17
“France contributed two Canadair firefighting planes and a plane that ensures coordination. This is the first time that planes have been activated from the EU's civil protection pool of assets for fighting forest fires.”
Image below from European Commission Instagram account.