Greece immediately responded to the request of the Croatian government, through the European Civil Protection Mechanism, and immediately sent aid to deal with the consequences of earthquake that hit the country on Tuesday.
The 6.4 earthquake killed several people including a 12-year-old girl, injured dozens and caused extensive damage to numerous homes and infrastructure.
Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic brought in the country’s military to support the rescue and aid efforts.
Greece sent tents, rollaway beds, sleeping bags and sheets, in order to help the victims.
The items were transported by a C-130 aircraft, and was accompanied by Lieutenant Spyros Georgiou, Secretariat General for Civil Protection.
The mission was welcomed by the Greek Ambassador to Zagreb Antonia Katzourou, Deputy Minister of Interior Terezija Gras and State Secretary for Defence Zdravko Jakop.
After the devastating earthquake, Croatia requested the activation of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, and so far the countries that have responded to the call for urgent aid include Greece, Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and Turkey, the Commission said.
On Wednesday, Vice-President of the European Commission Dubravka Šuica and the European Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič arrived in Zagreb where they met with PM Andrej Plenković.
“I arrived to Croatia to assure the Croatian people that the EU stands in full solidarity with them. Our ERCC (Emergency Response Coordination Centre) will continue to mobilise most urgent assistance,” Lenarcic said, thanking countries that immediately rushed to the country’s help.