The conference is organized by the EU to financially support post-earthquake reconstruction in Albania and will take place on 17th February in Brussels.
The EU, its Member States, the Western Balkan partners, and representatives from other countries, as well as from the international organisations and the international financial institutions, including the UN and the World Bank, are due to participate.
The EU, its Member States, partners from the Western Balkans and representatives from other countries, as well as from international organizations and international financial institutions, including the United Nations and the World Bank, should participate.
The International Donors’ Conference “Together for Albania” will start at 17. The President of the European Commission Ms Ursula von der Leyen will chair the conference in the presence of H.E. Mr Edi Rama, Prime Minister of Albania. A presentation of the post-disaster needs assessment (PDNA) will precede the opening of the pledging session. The event will be followed by a press conference.
On 26 November 2019, an earthquake of magnitude 6,3 hit Albania, causing destruction of public and private infrastructure, hitting thousands of households and resulting in 51 fatalities, about 14 injured, and about XNUMX people temporarily displaced. Thousands of buildings have been seriously damaged, including schools and health care facilities.
The European Union Civil Protection Mechanism was activated at the request of the Albanian government after the earthquake and as a result, search and rescue teams were immediately deployed to Albania. In-kind assistance and structural engineers were mobilised through the mechanism as well as bilaterally by EU Member States and partners from the region. EU Civil Protection Team was in Albania from 27 November to 20 December and coordinated the international response.
The Commission announced an initial €15 million grant for reconstruction of priority public buildings at its first meeting in December.
Assessment of post-disaster needs: € 985 million in damages
The experts involved in the process estimated damages in the amount of € 985.074.906. The needs assessment report is a key guiding tool for the donor conference and will serve as a basis for reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts.
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