27 January 2020

EU support Albania to overcome situation caused by earthquake

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The European Union (EU) will support Albania to overcome the situation caused by the earthquake, European Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarcic said here on Thursday. reports citing Xinhua.

Lenarcic is paying an official visit to Albania to assess the damage caused by the 6.4-magnitude earthquake that hit Albania on Nov. 26 and the primary needs for the reconstruction of the affected areas.

During his meeting with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, Lenarcic said the EU is strongly committed to doing everything possible to help Albania through these difficult days.

Lenarcic's visit follows Wednesday's announcement by President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen of 15 million euros (around 16.6 million U.S. dollars) in EU funds to immediately support the Albanian people following the devastating earthquake.

Accompanied by Rama, Lenarcic visited a camp in Vora, 16 km from the capital Tirana, which shelters over 200 residents whose apartments were severely damaged by the earthquake.

Speaking to reporters, Lenarcic said that the first thing to do after this natural disaster is the preparation of needs assessment.

"The European Commission has been in contact not only with the United Nations, but also with the World Bank to prepare these needs assessment. Only after this has been done will we be able to have a figure and based on that figure to provide our assistance," Lenarcic said.

2019.12.05 / 23:36
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