Events/Conf/Fairs, European Commission, Institutional affairs
On Wednesday 15 May 2013, the European Commission's Emergency Response Centre (ERC) will officially open. The Centre will allow for a better coordinated, faster and more efficient response to natural and man-made disasters in Europe and beyond.
Equipped with full 24/7 service, the ERC will monitor the situation and analyse humanitarian and civil protection issues around the globe and will enable immediate response in needed.
EU's disaster response coordination has evolved throughout the years, following a continuous increase in requests for assistance from all over the world. The ERC has been established on the basis of over 10 years of experience of coordinating European disaster response.
The ERC gives countries access to a one-stop-shop of civil protection means available amongst the all the participating states. It acts as a communication hub at headquarters level between participating states, the affected country and dispatched field experts. Any country inside or outside the EU affected by a major disaster can make an appeal for assistance through the ERC. In response, the ERC matches offers of assistance to the needs of the disaster-stricken country.
The inauguration of the ERC will take place at its premises, Rue de la Loi 84-86, in Brussels. On 15 May at 13.30 the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, and the Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, will jointly open the ERC.
IP and MEMO will be available on the day.