Posted by: africanpressorganization | 24 February 2011

Libya – Hungarian Presidency facilitates the evacuation of EU citizens

 


 

 

 

Libya – Hungarian Presidency facilitates the evacuation of EU citizens

 

 

BRUSSELS, Kingdom of Belgium, February 24, 2011/African Press Organization (APO)/ — On behalf of the Hungarian Presidency, Foreign Minister János Martonyi activated the European Union’s Civil Protection Mechanism on 23 February 2011, and took the necessary steps to enable the evacuation of EU citizens from Libya as soon as possible.

Hungarian Foreign Minister János Martonyi activated the European Union’s Civil Protection Mechanism (CPM) on 23 February 2011 on behalf of the rotating Presidency of the EU. In accordance with the decision, the National Directorate General for Disaster Management forwarded the notice to Brussels through the appropriate direct channels.

By activating the CPM, the EU Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC) can help locating the potential transport equipment necessary for the evacuation. The European External Action Service and the European Commission have confirmed support for the Presidency in its efforts.

The reason for the activation was the request by member states to receive further transport capacities for evacuation of EU citizens from Benghazi. The airport at Benghazi cannot be used at the moment, thus evacuation must take place by the sea. Through the activation of the mechanism, the Presidency requested the member states to provide use of their spare transport capacities.

The European Union’s Civil Protection Mechanism, the cooperation of member states’ disaster response bodies, is controlled by the Commission’s Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC) seated in Brussels. The MIC is active 24/7 and immediately notifies member states’ civil protection authorities when it receives a request for assistance, either from a member state or, as has been the case this time, from an EU institution. In such cases, the European Commission consults the Council’s rotating Presidency, and determines the course of action it needs to take to tackle the situation.

The MIC coordinates and mobilizes the transport capacities offered voluntarily by the Member States that could enhance the efficiency of EU citizens’ repatriation.

Member states can resort to the Civil Protection Mechanism if their own resources are insufficient to properly handle the problem or disaster that affects them. Apart from the EU’s 27 member states, candidate country Croatia and three non-EU countries, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein also participate in the mechanism.

 

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Permanent representation of the Republic of Hungary to the European Union


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