press release9 marzo 2022

Ukraine Emergency: the first Italian convoy of humanitarian aid has arrived in Romania

The Head of Civil Protection Department Fabrizio Curcio and the EU Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarcic were present

Suceava, Romania, 9 marzo 2022 - Consegna degli aiuti umanitari in Romania alla presenza del Capo Dipartimento Curcio e del Commissario europeo per la gestione delle crisi Janez Lenarcic Ucraina emergenza

The first Italian convoy of humanitarian aid arrived this afternoon in Suceava to assist the Ukrainian population fleeing the war. The delivery of medical equipment was coordinated by the Department of Civil Protection within the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, the transport was carried out yesterday from the hub of Palmanova (UD) and was organized by the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region. 

This is the first load of aid provided with the support of the Italian Regions and Autonomous Provinces, delivered from Italy to Romania and includes drugs, disposable gloves, syringes, needles, gauze, cannulae, painkillers, disinfectants, first aid kits and electromedical equipment such as lung ventilators, neonatal incubators, defibrillators, mobile X-ray equipment, anesthesia equipment, oxygen masks, transfusion systems, stretchers. 

At the arrival of the convoy in Suceava, where is operating a European hub for sorting of materials, were present the Head of the Department of Civil Protection, Fabrizio Curcio, the European Commissioner for crisis management, Janez Lenarcic, the Secretary of State of the Romanian Ministry of Interior and head of the Department for emergency situations, Raed Arafat, the Italian Ambassador in Romania, Alfredo Maria Durante Mangoni.

"The delivery of this equipment represents only a very first response from Italy to the requests received through the European Civil Protection Mechanism. These first 4 trucks will be followed by another 13 in the coming hours and by 23 ambulances - explained the Head of the Department Fabrizio Curcio - We are facing a complicated situation that causes great concern. Hundreds of thousands of people, especially women and children, are crossing these territories, some will leave, others will remain, but they are still many and arrive tired, exhausted by the long journeys. The system has to show solidarity with the countries on the border that have the responsibility of the first reception and only together we will be able to to manage this humanitarian emergency".