Brussels, 28 August 2023 (TDI): The European Union (EU) stands in solidarity with the victims of the devastating explosions that rocked a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) station in Crevedia near Bucharest, Romania.

The incident, which occurred on Saturday, has prompted a swift and coordinated response from EU member states, as Romania seeks assistance in treating severe burn victims.

Nine EU countries—Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, and Sweden—have already stepped forward to provide aid through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.


In the aftermath of the explosions, Romania urgently requested EU assistance to ensure proper medical care for those suffering from severe burns.

Patients affected by the explosions have already been transported to medical facilities in Belgium, Italy, Austria, Germany, and Norway.

EU Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, expressed his condolences and solidarity with the victims and their families.

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He emphasized the significance of international support during such trying times and commended the rapid response of European nations to extend their hospitals’ resources for the emergency treatment of burn victims.

Lenarčič remarked, “The tragic explosions in Romania have left dozens of people, including first responders, in need of urgent medical care. My thoughts remain with the victims, their families and colleagues at this time. European countries reacted immediately with offers to treat the victims at their hospitals. Already 12 patients transferred via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism are receiving emergency care in Belgium, Italy, Austria, Germany, and Norway. I thank all countries for extending their solidarity to Romania at this dark hour when it is most needed. Our goal now is to save lives.”

The EU’s Emergency Response Coordination Centre is maintaining close communication with both Romanian authorities and other European bodies to ensure a coordinated and effective response.

Additional assistance will be mobilized as required to address the evolving situation and provide the necessary support to Romania.