Norway participates in EU assistance to the US

Norway is one of 30 European nations who so far have offered assistance to the United States of America in the aftermath of the Katrina hurricane.

15/02/2006 :: The offers for assistance are being coordinated by the Civil Protection Mechanism of the European Commission, through its Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC), this in close cooperation with the UK Presidency.

Along with 21 EU member states and Romania, Norway offers assistance on a variety of fields. The total assistance pledged by the Norwegian government amounts to approximately 10 millions NOK. 
The assistance consists of different pre-stocked relief items, among this blankets, first aid kits and tents. In addition to this, Norway has offered a team of 5 navy divers and medicine from the Norwegian emergency stocks.

The US authorities have for the time being requested health material, tents and blankets, and Norway is financing an emergency kit containing these items. The total amount is 5 millions NOK in addition to transportation costs. The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign affairs has already given a promise to the Norwegian Red Cross to contribute half a million NOK in order to finance 8 relief-workers which the organisation already has sent to the area.

Source : European Commission Press/The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign affairs.

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