The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has promised a donation from 15 million for Albania following the violent earthquake that the 26 November shook the country.
"The European Union is in full solidarity with Albania with concrete acts, not just in words. So far, the Commission has helped mobilize three research teams composed of more than 200 staff from Italy, Greece and Romania.
Commissioner Lenarcic will travel to Albania to closely observe the situation and thus create a clearer and more complete picture of the damage, as well as to assess the type of assistance needed for reconstruction. The first step is to donate from our 15 funds millions of euros in support of the Albanian people."- said the new president of the European Commission.
IdentPresidentja and Komisionit Evropian Ursula von der Leyen sot në Bruksel: “Bashkimi Evropian është në solidaritet të plotë me Shqipërinë me veprime, jo vetëm me fjalë. Ne po mbështesim tashmë në terren. Ne jemi të përkushtuar të ofrojmë më shumë. Komisioneri Lenarčič do të udhëtojë sot në Shqipëri. Ai është atje kryesisht për të dhënë një vlerësim të menjëhershëm për gjendjen and ndërtesave të prekura dhe natyrisht për të pasur një vlerësim parësor se çfarë lloj ndihme është and nevojshme për rindërtimin. Si hap të parë do të japim nga Funds i Fqinjësisë 15 milion Euro, menjëherë, për të mbështetur popullin shqiptar, dhe kemi vendosur së bashku që të organizojmë një konferencë të donatorëve. ”⠀⠀ ——- ⠀⠀ President of the European Commission Ursula today in Brussels: “The European Union stands in full solidarity with Albania with actions, not only with words. We support already on the ground. We are committed to providing more. Commissioner Lenarčič will travel today to Albania. The main objective of the project is to assess the state of the building. We will allocate from the Neighborhood Fund 15 million Euro to the Albanian people and we have decided in the college that we will organize to donors' conference. "Commission European Commission ⠀ EU Neighborhood & EnlargementEuropean External Action Service - EEAS ⠀ EU Civil Protection & Humanitarian Aid - ECHO
Placed by European Union in Albania on Wednesday 4 December 2019
Donation that was also confirmed by the tweet published by von der Leyen herself in the late afternoon today:
"I have just spoken to Prime Minister Edi Rama informing him that the European Commission will donate 15 million euros as immediate support to the Albanian people. In addition, the EU will organize a donor conference to help Albania with reconstruction."- reads the tweet.
Just spoke to PM @ediramaal and informed him that the @EU_Commission pledges 15 million Euro for immediate support for the Albanian people. Further, the EU will organize a donors' conference to help #Albania with reconstruction. https://t.co/j5nvCpFhlT
- Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) December 4, 2019
NYT: the EU leads international aid for Albania
The European Union and the United Nations are coordinating international efforts to support Albania. In particular, as reported on, an EU team - consisting of 50 engineers sent from six EU member states - is conducting, together with local experts, damage assessment and aid distribution plan.
"Between pain and fear, this week witnessed the inexhaustible links between Albanians and their friends in the EU. ”- said the ambassador of the European Union in Albania, Luigi Soreca.