Launch of the Emergency Response Centre
Today the European Commission’s Emergency Response Centre (ERC) will officially open.
The Centre will allow for a better coordinated, faster and more efficient response to natural and man-made disasters in Europe and beyond.
Equipped with full 24/7 service, the ERC will monitor the situation and analyse humanitarian and civil protection issues around the globe and will enable immediate response in needed.
On 15 May at 13.30 the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, and the Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, will jointly open the ERC.
The inauguration event will be webcast live [ http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/ebs/schedule.cfm?sitelang=en&page=1&institution=0&date=05/15/2013 ]here.