EU and Türkiye Strengthen Partnership in Civil Protection Mechanism

Human Rights, World News

In a significant move aimed at bolstering international cooperation in disaster relief, the European Union and Türkiye have signed an updated agreement on the latter’s participation in the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. The agreement was signed by Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, and Turkish Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mehmet Kemal Bozay, in Ankara.

Türkiye has been an active participant in the EU Civil Protection Mechanism since 2016, contributing significantly to the development of rescEU capacities and hosting the largest EU MODEX civil protection exercise to date. The updated agreement is set to further strengthen Türkiye’s role in the mechanism, ensuring a solid foundation for mutual cooperation and assistance during crises.

Commissioner Lenarčič expressed his satisfaction with the signing, stating, “I am very pleased with the signature of the updated Agreement. This will continue to serve as a basis of our co-operation and assistance to each other, when disasters strike.” He highlighted the Mechanism’s proven track record, assuring Türkiye of the EU’s civil protection support and vice versa.

Türkiye has notably benefited from the Mechanism’s support, particularly following the devastating earthquakes of 2023. This renewed commitment between the EU and Türkiye underscores the importance of international cooperation in mitigating the impact of natural disasters and humanitarian crises.