EU Commissioner Proposes New Crisis Room, List of Assets

EU Commissioner Proposes New Crisis Room, List of Assets

The European Commission has suggested that the European Union should have a 24/7 Brussels-based crisis room and a list of all assets pledged by the member states for emergency situations, EUobserver reported.

Bulgarian EU Commissioner on International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, has presented the proposal at a press briefing in Brussels.

"When I receive the call [for assistance] and I transmit it to member states, I don't know who is going to come with what to help. We want to eliminate this and move to something where member-states have pre-committed assets, equipment and personnel, and we know what they are," she said, as cited by EUobserver.

The new crisis room would be called European Emergency Response Center and would consist of EU officials from Georgieva's existing aid units. They would be responsible for the coordination between the EU countries' contributions.

The EU member states would still contribute with equipment or manpower voluntarily. The assets will stay in the countries until requested and would be refused if needed at home.

All the assets, like helicopters, water-pumps, experts and other contributions, would be put in a list, in order to improve the coordination and the crisis response.

Georgieva added that the European Solidarity Fund will also be developed. It consists of EUR 1 B a year, which could be paid out to EU countries if they suffer a "major" disaster, but not in immediate assistance as it is with aid funds for non-EU countries.

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