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Working with Turkey to help earthquake survivors

October 26th, 2011

On Sunday a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck near the city of Van in eastern Turkey. The Turkish authorities, the Red Crescent and many volunteers have faced a huge task but have rescued thousands of people.

The European Commission’s emergency response centre was immediately on alert, ready to coordinate Europe’s contribution to the relief operations if and when Turkey requested it. Today we have been asked to join the response and help care for those whose homes have been destroyed by the quake.

Turkey has requested family-type tents and pre-fabricated housing to shelter those made homeless. It is very cold in the Van province – at night, the temperature can fall to zero, so the tents need to be suitable for cold weather.

Several countries which participate in the European Civil Protection Mechanism have already offered assistance. I expect that in the coming hours, more will join – European countries have already expressed their solidarity so I hope we can be of use in this difficult time when so many are suffering.

This will be a joint operation with the Turkish authorities. In emergencies like this it is important to follow the lead of those who best know the needs and the situation on the ground.

We are also sending civil protection experts and they will be our eyes on the ground, coordinating the delivery of European assistance and talking directly with the local authorities and people.

Turkey has been a great friend in need when other countries were overwhelmed by disasters – last year, for instance, it sent fire-fighting jets to Israel to combat the huge forest fires and earlier this year Turkish doctors and first-aid workers tended for the injured by the earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan. More recently, Turkey was a generous host to the thousands of refugees fleeing violence in Syria. So, Turks have shown magnificent solidarity – and now deserve ours.

One Response to “Working with Turkey to help earthquake survivors”

  1. financialtools1 Says:

    Commissioner, next G-20 Meeting :
    G-20 : Unity for Growth and Jobs: Clean Green Energy, Wireless Broadband , Fresh Foods and Fresh Water :
    a ) Launch solid strategy for MASSIVE increase in International Trade & Commerce
    b ) Increase consumer demand+ local manufacturing , healthy natural foods and farms , wireless broadband , fresh water – desalination + new clean green ENERGY global solutions = JOBS ! 
    c ) avoid useless competitions+speculation,
    d ) problems in EU ( and everywhere too ) :incompetence & corruption of entrenched bureaucrats
    e ) CREDIT  for small-medium businesses + Multinationals is the key,
    f )  implementation of the EU DEBT PLAN IS VITAL since the neocon Media continues its attacks against the Eu+Euro, the  “derivatives and shorters neocon army ” is willing to crash the whole Global Economy in order to cash-in their shorts ( bets against ) positions,  and they pay reporters in the FT,WSJ,WP, NYT, as well as Fox-TV, CNBC,CNN, PBS , etc., to spin rumours, innuendo and scandal against the Euro and the EU daily and also to distract from the Rupert Murdoch Investigation and others .

    Please read this great article about derivatives and who controls them :

    Debt Plan Could Deny Those Who Bet on Default
    “…International Swaps and Derivatives Association, a trade group…”

    and this one about a group of Hedge Funds trying to short the Euro and the EU:

    Hedge Funds Try ‘Career Trade’ Against Euro

    All these financial reporters know who is behind the 2008 Financial Derivatives-CDS-Mortgages Disaster, the group of speculative Investors who also profited from the Iraq War , Oil-Gas-Commodities speculation and the Military Industrial Complex , the same group that tried to crash the USA States- Municipalities Debt -Bonds and the Dollar in 2010-11 , and when they were stopped, they went after the Euro , and they will go after others like Brazil ,China and India, etc.,  because they profit from chaos, wars and disasters, they crash markets and then buy key assets very cheap, a criminal fraud, but the World does not have the Leaders with the will to stop them , so who will ?

    The Global Economy needs a massive push for clean green energy , wireless broadband , fresh foods and fresh water to create the 100 million new jobs that we need right now, and to re-direct and re-energize the whole global economy , but will the G-20 even propose any of this ?

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