The conference organized by the EU to financially support post-earthquake reconstruction in Albania was held today, February 17 in Brussels.
Extraordinary solidarity chain to rebuild Albania after the devastating earthquake of 26 November.
The European Union organized an international donor conference today in Brussels on 17 February to support reconstruction efforts in Albania after the earthquake that struck the country in late November.
Today in Brussels the international community has joined forces to show its solidarity with Albania. Donors signed a collective commitment (grants and loans) of € 1 billion for Albania.
Von der Leyen: 1,15 billion euros for the earthquake in Albania
European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen has announced that international donors have set aside 1,15 billion euros to help Albania, after the devastating earthquake that hit the country in 2019, twice the amount expected in Tirana.
“I am very happy to announce that the European Union, which are the Commission, the European Investment Bank and the Member States together have committed to donating € 400 million. But it went even better, because today we have gone beyond expectations: the international community has pledged to donate one billion and 115 million to Albania ".
Good news for the people of Albania: We've surpassed our target for the reconstruction of 🇦🇱and reached a total of € 1.15 billion, incl. € 400 million in EU contributions.
I'm overwhelmed by the support. Once again Europe stands together when it matters most! # Together4Albania
- Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) February 17, 2020
Il November 26 2019 un 6,3 magnitude earthquake hit theAlbania, causing the destruction of public and private infrastructure, affecting thousands of families and causing it 51 dead, 917 injured e 17 thousand displaced. Thousands of buildings have been severely damaged, including schools and healthcare facilities.
The European Union, the United Nations, the World Bank and the Albanian government carried out a post-catastrophe needs assessment (PDNA) made public in early February.
The experts involved in the process estimated damages in the amount of 985 million euros. The needs assessment report was a key guiding tool for today's donor conference and will serve as the basis for reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts.
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