Natural disasters: update on EU civil protection activities

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Since the end of June, the Commission's Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC) has received a total of 8 requests for assistance from Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Bulgaria and, most recently the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia - to help combat the forest fires raging across Southern Europe. These requests triggered an immediate response from the MIC. Assistance was made available through the Community Civil Protection Mechanism by various Member States, including Italy, France, Spain and Greece.  

The situation is now becoming particularly acute, with all Southern EU Member States and most neighbouring countries combating major fires on their own territory. The MIC is also monitoring the exceptional weather situation in the UK and stands ready to facilitate offers of assistance from other EU countries should the UK need any additional assistance in these difficult circumstances.

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