In light of the worsening humanitarian situation in Ukraine and hundreds of thousands of people fleeing to the neighbouring countries for safety, the European Commission continues to coordinate emergency assistance via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism for the people in Ukraine. 26 European countries, including recently Bulgaria, Czechia, Estonia, Luxembourg, Norway and Portugal, have already offered support such as medical aid kits, medicine, sleeping bags, generators. Following Moldova's request for assistance, Croatia, Denmark, Greece, Finland and Sweden offered items such as ambulances, tents, blankets and a field kitchen, in addition to earlier offers by France, Austria and the Netherlands. Slovakia and Poland have also activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism requesting support in dealing with the influx of refugees from Ukraine. Greece and Germany are sending tents, blankets and masks to Slovakia, while France is sending medicine and other medical equipment to Poland. Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, said: “Russia's war in Ukraine is amounting to a humanitarian catastrophe not seen in decades in Europe. People inside Ukraine, but also hundreds of thousands fleeing to the neighbouring countries are seeking safety. The EU, through its Civil Protection Mechanism, is coordinating 24/7 with Ukrainian authorities, as well as Moldova, Poland and Slovakia receiving the displaced people. Thank you to all European countries that already offered their support. The EU stands in full solidarity with Ukrainian people at this horrific time.” Commissioners Johansson and Lenarčič today will visit a border crossing between Poland and Ukraine. Tomorrow, Commissioner Lenarčič will travel to Moldova together with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of France.
- Publication date
- 2 March 2022
- Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations