Wildfires: EU provides crucial assistance to the Mediterranean region

July 26, 2023
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As several countries grapple with rapidly spreading wildfires, the EU steps in to reinforce firefighting efforts and provide much-needed support to the affected communities with over 490 firefighters and 9 firefighting planes deployed to Greece and Tunisia since 18 July.


The two Mediterranean countries have activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and the EU has swiftly replied:

  • 10 countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Italy, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Serbia) are contributing to the EU Civil Protection Mechanism’s response to the wildfires in Greece. In total, over 490 firefighters and 7 planes have been deployed to different areas of the country. One EU Liaison Officer is supporting the coordination of operations in Greece and the EU’s Copernicus satellite mapping is providing damage assessment on several areas in the Attica region and Rhodes.
  • 2 Canadairs from the rescEU reserve hosted by Spain are being deployed to northwest Tunisia.


The wildfires, fuelled by dry weather conditions and high temperatures are posing a severe threat to lives, livelihoods, and ecosystems across the Mediterranean. In response, the EU Civil Protection Mechanism shows once again that it is a key instrument of solidarity and cooperation among EU Member States and beyond during emergencies.

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Countries covered:

  • Tunisia