EU support – civil protection mechanisms are activated

On Sunday, March 22nd, two strong earthquakes, the first of 5.3, the second of 5.0, hit Croatia. The epicenters of the earthquake were ten kilometers north of Zagreb at depths of five to 10 kilometers. In a major earthquake, the Croatian metropolis suffered the most.

On the occasion of this event, Croatia activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. In all of this, the European Commission has helped to mobilize tents, beds, mattresses, heaters and sleeping bags from Slovenia, Hungary, Austria and Italy so that they can be shipped quickly to the affected areas.

The European Union is at all times at the disposal of Croatia in these difficult times and has sent its support. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen spoke by phone with Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic and said the EU was standing by Croatia.

 "My thoughts are with the Croatian people after the devastating earthquake," Charles Michel, President of the European Council, said via Twitter.

The European Union Emergency Response Coordination Center is in contact with the Croatian authorities, closely monitoring the situation and directing EU assistance.

Many European politicians reacted to the Zagreb earthquake. Macron, Orban, Morawiecki called immediately. Austrian Chancellor Kurz wants a quick recovery in a message of support partly written in Croatian. Bulgarian Prime Minister Bojko Borisov responded immediately and offered help to friends from Croatia. Denis Zvizdić, Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina, sent a telegram of support to the state summit. It states, among other things: "... We received with sadness the news of the earthquakes that hit your Zagreb this morning ... Our thoughts are with all Croatian citizens ... Please count on the friendly support of Bosnia and Herzegovina."

Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa was among the first to speak with Prime Minister Plenkovic and offered assistance. A number of foreign media outlets also report on the earthquakes in Zagreb, pointing out that they have exacerbated the already stressful situation caused by the spread of coronaviruses.

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