EU to provide immediate assistance to Albania following earthquakes

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BRUSSELS  – European Commissioner Johannes Hahn announced EU’s assistance Albania after the powerful 5.8-magnitude earthquake, accompanied by a series of strong aftershocks, RTI reports.

In a message on Twitter, Enlargement Commissioner Hahn wrote that he is saddened and anxious about the series of devastating earthquakes, with hundreds of injured and serious damages to infrastructure.

“Sad and anxious to learn about the ongoing earthquakes in Albania, which have injured more than 100 people and caused serious damage to infrastructure. The EU provides immediate assistance through the European Civil Protection Mechanism “EU Civil Protection Mechanism”, wrote Hahn yesterday.

President of the European Parliament David Sassoli also released a statement in the wake of the disaster.

“In these difficult hours, we stand with the Albanian people. Our thoughts are with those who have been injured or lost their homes. EU is ready to assist in reconstruction,” Sassoli stated.

High Representative of EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini expressed her solidarity to Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama over devastating earthquakes on Sunday.

In their contact, the High Representative wished speedy recovery to all the injured. She also underlined the readiness of the European Union to offer assistance, including through the Civil Protection Mechanism.