Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Christos Stylianides following the earthquake in Albania

In the wake of the devastating earthquake that hit Albania early this morning, causing a loss of several lives and injuring many more, we express our deep condolences to the people and the authorities of the country.

The European Union stands in solidarity with Albania and is ready to offer assistance, including through the Union Civil Protection Mechanism. Our Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) has been in continuous contact with Albania’s civil protection authorities.

We remain in touch with Albania’s government to identify best ways we can help at this difficult moment.