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Brussels negotiates with Latin America a memorandum of understanding for natural disasters

Brussels negotiates with Latin America a memorandum of understanding for natural disasters

The European Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarcic, announced this Friday that the European Commission will begin negotiations to agree a new joint memorandum of understanding between the European Union (EU) and the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean to prevent natural disasters.

Brussels wants to reinforce preparation for natural disasters in Latin America and the Caribbean, the region most affected by the climate and ecological crisis, because, as Lenarcic explained, “disasters will only get worse as the climate crisis progresses”.

“Preparing makes sense, not only to save lives, but also economically. Strengthening local infrastructure and increasing its resistance against catastrophes is up to 10 times cheaper than the cost of repairs“, Lenarcic pointed out at the social forum prior to the summit between the EU and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).

Precisely, the European Commission announced this morning that it will allocate 43 million euros in humanitarian aid for the Latin American and Caribbean region.

With this new disbursement, the humanitarian aid that the EU has offered to the region throughout this year amounts to 130 million euros.

“We are ready to lend our support to Latin America and the Caribbean when the worst happens,” said the commissioner, who explained that the EU Civil Protection Mechanism has been activated almost 70 times in Latin America and the Caribbean in the last six years.

This mechanism is a reserve with means of transport, medical and logistical equipment, among others, designed to be activated both inside and outside the borders of the Twenty-seven, in the event of catastrophes.

“We try to ensure that communities across the region, from vulnerable indigenous groups to local authorities and national governments, have the tools they need to prepare for a disaster“Lenarcic remarked.

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