On Thursday 17 May, EU Heads of State are meeting their counterparts from the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Kosovo) to discuss cooperation in several areas, including migration and security. Following increased arrivals of refugees and migrants to both the Western Balkans and the EU, the issue of border control has gained prominence, resulting in more investments and cooperation agreements between the EU and Western Balkan countries.
Teams of the Mountain Rescue Service with specially trained dogs for searching and rescuing people buried under ruins are ready to leave for Nepal.
Nevertheless there is no official demand for participation of BRC in the rescue operations, the organization is ready to send immediately rescue teams if the International Airport in Katmandu has a capacity for admission. At the moment because of some limitations, different rescue teams from all over the world are waiting in the neighbor countries to be accepted in Nepal.
The National Public Council of the Bulgarian Red Cross decided on the most efficient way to spend the financial support for the victims of the floods.
Facts and figures about the humanitarian aid provided by the BRC
On the 10th of January 2014 a team of BRC provided with family food packages, washing, sanitary and hygiene materials, children`s pampers, adapted milk and food, nearly 300 refugees from the Center for Temporary Accommodation of State Agency for Refugees in the village of Kavachevci. The food packages consist of long–lasting products (unskimmed powdered milk, canned food, flour, sugar, oil, spaghetti, beans and lentils) .