EU helps mobilise emergency support for Albania floods

European flags in front of EP Building in Strasbourg; Photo: European Union

TIRANA – The European Union will support Albania to overcome the emergency situation following the torrential rains and flash floods that hit the country last week.

Following a request for assistance from Albania after heavy flooding in the country, the Commission has helped mobilise water pumps, power generators and other flood response items through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.

The EU responded swiftly to the request for assistance thanks to offers of assistance from Austria, France, Slovakia and Slovenia. Albania has also received support from the EU’s Copernicus satellite system which provided maps to the national civil protection authorities.

An EU Civil Protection team is being deployed today in Albania to facilitate the reception of assistance and cooperation with Albanian authorities.

Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides said: “We stand in solidarity to help the Albanian people and authorities at this time. Let me thank the strong support of our Member States who have provided valuable emergency supplies through our EU Civil Protection Mechanism. This is EU solidarity in action.”