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Parliamentary questions
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10 December 2019
Priority question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Aldo Patriciello
 Subject: Humanitarian aid for earthquake in Albania

The EU is the world’s leading humanitarian aid donor, providing a major proportion of global funding for emergency relief to victims of man-made and natural disasters. Part of that funding comes directly from Member States, but a large share comes from the EU budget. The Commission’s Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO) is responsible for humanitarian assistance and civil protection.

On 26 November 2019, Albania was hit by a powerful earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale. The epicentre lay between Shijak and Durazzo. Over 100 aftershocks were also recorded.

The earthquake has had serious consequences: estimates of the number of dead currently stand at seven, with at least 26 people missing and over 600 injured. It also caused serious damage to public and private infrastructure.

Given the above, can the Commission confirm whether ECHO’s humanitarian aid experts will be carrying out an initial on-the-spot assessment of the situation in order to send aid, based on this assessment, as quickly as possible?

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