EU Commission activates emergency management mechanism following the earthquake in Italy

Created on Monday, 07 November 2016

On 27 October, the EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides delivered a statement on the aftermath of the catastrophic earthquakes in Italy. More precisely, several cities have been struck by earthquakes, including the same towns that have suffered from a deadly earthquake last August.

Commissioner Stylianides expressed his solidarity with the Italian people. He emphasised that the European Commission is currently using the Emergency Response Coordination Centre which monitors on a 24/7 basis natural disasters. The European Commission's Emergency Response Coordination Centre has been in constant contact with the Italian civil protection authorities since the earthquakes struck.

Following a request by the Italian authorities, the EU's Copernicus Emergency Management Services has been activated to provide damage assessment satellite maps for the affected areas. 

The European Commission is monitoring the situation closely in order to provide further assistance in case it is needed.