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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen had a telephone conversation with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. During the meeting, Ursula von der Leyen conveyed her sincere condolences to her and the European Union for the loss of life and property as a result of the earthquake and shared steps to support Turkey in the future.

In a statement regarding the meeting, President von der Leyen said that additional support will be provided to President Erdogan in response to Turkey’s request for more shelters, especially including tents, blankets and heaters. This will also mobilize the private sector.”

In a statement, “The European Commission supported the Turkish people from the very beginning and quickly provided support in various areas after the earthquake. The EU has already provided significant support to Turkey through the EU Civil Defense Mechanism.

As part of this support, 21 EU Member States and three Member States of the EU Civil Defense Mechanism were reported to have provided 38 rescue teams comprising 1,651 people and 106 search and rescue dogs. It was also noted that 12 EU member states provided winter tents, 100,000 blankets and 50,000 heaters for 50,000 families.

It was also stated that the commission ensured the transfer to Turkey of 500 emergency shelters stored in Sweden and 2,000 tents and 8,000 beds stored in Romania from the rescEU Emergency Response Coordination Center reserve.

The EU Civil Defense Team, composed of 11 experts, has been tasked with coordinating EU support with local and national authorities.

The statement also recalled that Commissioner Jenaz Lenarcic visited Gaziantep to see the aftermath of the earthquake and determine how the EU can continue to support Turkey’s relief and support activities.

On the other hand, in a statement: “In addition to emergency support, von der Leyen will host a donor conference with Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson to fund the international community’s support for the people of Turkey and Syria. The conference will be held jointly with the Turkish authorities and will be held in March in Brussels.”

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