The European Commission announced on Monday that it is providing coordinated assistance through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, in order to help the victims of severe flooding in both countries.
Due to continuous rainfall that started last week in Serbia and in Bosnia & Herzegovina, thousands of people have been affected by floods. As of 17 May the water in Bosnia and Herzegovina is slowly declining, but the situation remains still complex.
The European Union Civil Protection Mechanism facilitates co-operation in disaster response, preparedness, and prevention among 32 European states (EU-28 plus the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway).
With the help of the Commission, the participating countries pool the resources that can be made available to disaster-stricken countries all over the world. When activated, the Mechanism coordinates the provision of assistance.