#rescEU – Commission welcomes European Parliament’s positive plenary vote

| February 14, 2019

The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to adopt rescEU, an initiative of the Commission to strengthen European capacities to respond to natural disasters like forest fires, floods, earthquakes and other crises. 

Welcoming the vote, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Commissioner Christos Stylianides said: “This vote in the European Parliament paves the way for a stronger European civil protection response system. With rescEU, no country hit by a disaster will stand alone. rescEU makes EU solidarity more tangible and more effective. Our citizens must know that Europe is here to protect and save lives and livelihoods. I thank the European Parliament for its strong support. We are now a step closer to making rescEU a reality. For the good of all Europeans.”

The vote endorses the initial political agreement reached in December 2018 between the Parliament and Council. Following today’s European Parliament Plenary vote, the final step is due to be adoption by the Council of the European Union in March. rescEU would then be due to enter force towards the end of March.

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Category: A Frontpage, Disasters, EU, European Commission, European Union Solidarity Fund