Last Friday, Hungary activated the EU's Civil Protection Mechanism. This will allow Hungarian authorities to benefit from material support to help cope with the influx of refugees and asylum seekers.
The European Commission's Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) is working closely with Hungary and the other participating states in the Mechanism to coordinate a swift response to the request.
At this stage, several EU Member States including Denmark, Bulgaria and Slovenia have already offered material support such as blankets, bed linen and tents, which have been accepted by the Hungarian authorities.
"The EU and its Member States stand in full solidarity with Hungary at this time of need. We are in close contact with the relevant authorities in Budapest and will coordinate the swift delivery of material support offered by Member States," said EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides.
According to the UN's Refugee Agency (UNHCR) over 150 000 refugees and migrants have crossed into Hungary principally from Serbia since January this year. Since August, the daily average remains at around 2 000.
The EU Civil Protection Mechanism can be activated upon request by a Member States, a third country or the United Nations. The Mechanism facilitates the cooperation in disaster response among 33 European states (28 EU Member States, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Montenegro, Norway and Serbia). These participating states pool the resources that can be made available to disaster-stricken countries all over the world. The offers of assistance are voluntary and there are no guarantees that a request for assistance will be met by offers. The European Commission manages the Mechanism through the ERCC and can financially support the transport of assistance and expertise.
On 28 June 2015, Hungary activated the Mechanism with a request for assistance to cope with the influx of refugees and migrants. Offers were received from Czech Republic and Slovakia and delivered shortly after.