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A European civil protection team in Japan

(credit: European Commission)

(BRUSSELS2) A team of around fifteen civil protection experts flew to Japan on Friday. It includes 15 people: experts from the Member States responsible for coordinating aid (Czech, Hungarian, Swedish, Norwegian, French, Polish), 2 CRBN experts (nuclear and radiological), a team of 6 people responsible for assistance (TAST) and a coordinating officer from MIC (the EU civil protection information system). This team responds to a request from Japan, made on March 15, for coordinated European aid. The aid will be dispatched from several “hub” centers located outside or inside Japan (Seoul, etc.). 9 Member States (Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Greece, France, Ireland, Lithuania, Sweden, Slovakia) offered equipment: in total 100.000 blankets, 11.000 jerrycans, 1300 beds, generators, etc.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).