Secretary of State Melania-Gabriela Ciot attended the debate on “The situation in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe after cyclone Idai” in the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday, April 16, 2019.
In her speech, the secretary of state for European affairs referred to the need for solidarity in the case of natural disasters and for joint actions to support those affected. Further on in her speech, the Romanian official presented the situation in the three countries affected by cyclone Idai (Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe), as well as the figures and estimates reported so far, emphasising the urgency of humanitarian aid.
In this context, the secretary of state for European affairs highlighted the contribution of EU member states – over EUR 60 million, covering approximately 22% of the required amount, mentioning that the financial support considered sufficient to cover the damage and mitigate the consequences of the disaster reaches USD 342 million.
In this respect, she noted the prompt response of the Commission and the member states of the European Union in supporting the affected countries. In order to double these efforts, the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council has activated the Integrated Political Crisis Response (IPCR) for monitoring and better communication between the Commission, the EEAS member states and the relevant EU agencies.
She also mentioned that a European civil protection team led by a Romanian expert had been deployed to Mozambique as of March 23, 2019 to meet the needs, coordinate and distribute the aid granted by member states.
The secretary of state concluded by mentioning the need to ensure continuity of education for children affected by the crisis, as well as the protection of women and domestically relocated children.