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Commission proposes EU civil protection boost

The European Commission has proposed immediate and long-term measures to boost the EU's civil protection mechanism for rapid response to environmental and other emergencies and disasters. Member states called for improvements in January, following the Indian Ocean tsunami. The existing framework was last strengthened in 2001 (EED 31/05/00). The mechanism can and has been mobilised both within the EU and in third countries. See press release, memorandum, and the communication (COM(2005)137).

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