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Bosnia and Herzegovina joins the EU Civil Protection Mechanism

Bosnia and Herzegovina became a full member on 6 September of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. This is the European solidarity framework that assists countries affected by disasters. Janez Lenarcic, the Crisis Management Commissioner was in Sarajevo to sign the agreement on behalf the European Union for Bosnia and Herzegovina’s official membership to the Mechanism. Bosnia and Herzegovina already received assistance from the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, but as a full member of the Mechanism they will be able to dispatch aid wherever needed.

Janez Lenarcic, Crisis Management Commissioner, stated that Bosnia and Herzegovina has joined the EU Civil Protection Mechanism as an active member. This is at a time when natural disasters are increasing in Europe and around the globe. We had one of the most difficult summers this year, with forests burning across Europe. Once again, we saw that the EU’s disaster response is stronger when we work together. The full membership in the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, a sign of the important progress Bosnia and Herzegovina made over the years building a resilient civil defense system, is now a reality. I’m confident that other countries will soon reap the benefits from this accession.

The commissioner met with members of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s presidency, as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bisera Turovic, and Selmo Cikotic, Minister for Security. The EU Civil Protection Mechanism is designed to increase cooperation between 27 EU countries and seven participants (Iceland and Norway, Serbia, North Macedonia and Montenegro as well as Turkey) in civil protection. This will improve preventive, preparedness and response to natural disasters. The Mechanism’s full membership of Bosnia and Herzegovina will increase Europe’s regional emergency preparedness and response capacity. A press release is online .

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