MARIENBERG, GERMANY - MARCH 10: Members of the German Bundeswehr's 371st Armoured Infantry Battalion (Panzergredanadierbataillon 371) stand to attention with Marder light tanks during a media event at the battalion's base on March 10, 2015 in Marienberg, Germany.

The EU and NATO provide international reach.

Europe Responds to Disasters

January 2011, Number 02.01

“In October 2010, toxic red sludge from a Hungarian alumina plant spilled chemicals into the Raba and Mosoni-Danube rivers. Hungary activated the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism for urgent international assistance in response to pollution caused by the breakdown of a sludge depository in the city of Ajka. The Hungarian authorities identified an immediate need for non-Hungarian experts. A team of five hand-selected experts and one liaison officer from the EU Civil Protection Monitoring and Information Centre, or MIC, deployed to the area within days of the accident...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Europe Responds to Disasters,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 2, No. 1, 2011: 44-45.

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