European Union has to improve its capabilities to react to natural
Therefore the European Security Foundation supports President van
proposal to form a civilian rapid reaction force to deal with future
emergencies like the terrible disaster in Haiti. “To improve this vital
the European Union has to work on its deficits in air transport and
telecommunications,” said Secretary General of the European Security
Foundation, Karl von Wogau.
Haiti´s earthquake were swift since the EU Civil Protection Assessment
Coordination Team is on site from 14 January on. The support by Member
of the EU started the day after the disaster. Meanwhile 22 EU-Countries
emergency support to Haiti.
But as the scale of
disaster in Haiti unfolds, it becomes clear that coordination between
Member States should be improved. To save human lives, it is necessary
fully present immediately after the disaster. Therefore the Union should
dispose of the air transport capability which is necessary for the
medical and technical aid as well as food. It is therefore urgent to
the project of a European Air Transport Fleet.
Moreover, it would
important improvement if all the participants in those emergency
keep contact with a common telecommunication standard as it is proposed
ongoing research project of the European Union (Software Defined Radio -