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EU assists #Sweden in fighting #ForestFires




The European Commission has helped mobilize two firefighting planes from Italy via the EU's Civil Protection Mechanism, following a request for assistance from Sweden due to the very high forest fire risk that the country is facing. This is the second time this summer Sweden has asked for support, due to heavy fires this year.

In addition, the EU's emergency Copernicus Satellite mapping system has been activated to help the Swedish civil protection authorities. "The European Union stands in full solidarity with Sweden. Our thoughts are with all the people affected and also with first responders and the firefighters working to tackle the fires. I thank Italy for its immediate offer of two planes. This is solidarity in a Europe that protects," said Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Commissioner Christos Stylianides.

The planes will arrive tonight and start operating immediately and continue to do so as long as necessary. The Commission's Emergency Response Co-ordination Centre is closely monitoring the situation in Sweden and the forest fire risk across Europe.

Photos and video stockshots of the Emergency Centre are available, as well as a MEMO 'Fighting forest fires in Europe – how it works'.

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