Slovenia has responded to Albania's call for material assistance after the earthquake
On 4 October, Ambassador Peter Japelj solemnly handed over the material assistance Slovenia has sent to Albania following the earthquake that hit the country on 21 September. The aid provided by the Slovenian Administration for Civil Assistance and Disaster Relief (URSZR) comprises 5 tents, 50 beds and 5 aggregates. The Albanian competent authorities have requested assistance through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism - the Emergency Response Coordination Center (ERCC).
The handover ceremony took place at the premises of the state warehouse and was attended by the Albanian Minister of Defence Olta Xhacka, Head of the EU Delegation to Tirana, and Ambassadors of Austria, Bulgaria, Italy and Slovakia. 14 EU Member States have provided financial assistance or expertise to Albania, among them Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Slovakia and the United Kingdom, alongside Slovenia.
In his address, Ambassador Japelj highlighted the rapid response of EU Member States and others to Albania's request for material assistance. He underlined that the European solidarity is a value we believe in, as said Slovenian candidate for a new EU Commissioner for the Crisis Management, Ambassador Lenarčič at his hearing in the European Parliament.
Ambassador Japelj, together with the Deputy Mayor of Tirana Anisa Ruseti also attended separate handing over ceremony for the assistance of the Municipality of Ljubljana, which donated 150 beds, responding to the call of the Municipality of Tirana.