30 Sep 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 30 SEPTEMBERBrussels Daily
The Commission sets up knowledge centre to help the EU minimise risk of disasters
Today, the European Commission has launched a new in-house centre to help EU Member States respond to emergencies, prevent and reduce the impact of disasters. Among its activities, the “Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre” will offer EU countries technical and scientific advice on their risk assessment methodologies. This will include developing an online repository of disaster related research results, publishing periodic reports on new available technologies as well as establishing new networks of crisis management laboratories. The centre will help authorities to be better prepared against natural disasters which have caused over 80,000 deaths and €100 billion in economic losses in the EU since 2002 alone. The new centre’s website can be found here.
Managing the Refugee Crisis: Budgetary measures under the European Agenda on Migration
Days after the College of Commissioners presented a set of priority actions to be taken within the next six months to manage the refugee crisis, the European Commission has today made a first set of concrete proposals for the €1.7 billion of EU funding in 2015 and 2016 in order to address the refugee crisis – money EU Heads of State and Government committed themselves to matching last week. The money will provide emergency assistance to the most affected EU Member States, increase staffing at front line EU agencies, and provide assistance and humanitarian aid in third countries. Today’s proposals involve €801.3 million for 2015, and will be funded in part from new funding in the form of a proposed draft amending budget for 2015. In this regard, the Commission is proposing additional commitments of €330.7 million from Member States. Second, the Commission is proposing that funds are relocated from other areas. In this regard, the Commission foresees €70.6 million from other programmes and actions and €400 million originally foreseen for humanitarian aid and funding for European neighbourhood policies). For more information, a press release is available online in all EU languages, as well as a fact sheet.
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