Assistance from the international community
In recovery from the devastating August floods, Slovenia also received assistance from other countries. On 6 August 2023, we requested assistance from the Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) under the EU mechanism, and from the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) under NATO. Several countries provided assistance to Slovenia on a military-to-military and bilateral bases.
Through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, assistance to Slovenia was provided by 11 countries – Austria, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden, while Spain responded through the NATO mechanism. Ukraine (with the support of ERCC) and Hungary provided assistance at a bilateral level, while Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary, North Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Israel, the USA and Bosnia and Herzegovina provided military-to-military assistance.
Eight countries (Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Slovakia and Ukraine) contributed heavy construction equipment with a total of 30 excavators. Their units were quartered at Rečica ob Savinji, as they worked in the Upper Savinja Valley area cleaning watercourses, removing debris and more. The French unit was also engaged in the area of Prevalje, while the Italian unit was deployed in the area of Škofja Loka and Polhov Gradec. Through the EU mechanism, a total of 14 bridges were provided by six countries - Croatia, Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Italy and Sweden.
Austria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Serbia, Spain and Austria provided helicopter assistance. Material assistance was provided by Hungary, as well as by Slovakia providing dehumidifiers. Representatives of the Slovenian Order of Malta donated material assistance of the Hungarian Order of Malta in the area of the municipality of Kamnik. On 18 September 2023, Slovenia closed its requests for bridges and dehumidifiers.
On October 1st, the third Italian bridge was delivered to Črna na Koroškem. The Italian Civil Protection Unit was building the bridge at end of October, and it was opened on October 30. The Italian unit then left Slovenia, and thus the international activities related to the August floods were completed. By the end of November, the third Swedish bridge will be built in cooperation with the Slovenian Army, namely in Črna na Koroškem.
Between 6 August and 2 October 2023, Slovenia received help by a total of 729 members of the international disaster response force.
Slovenia also received financial help, namely Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Cyprus and Armenia each donated 50,000 euros, Thailand 10,407 euros, Colombia 75,966 euros and Azerbaijan 92,896 euros.
|Countries That Provided Aid||Type of Aid||Receiving of Aid||Aid Utilization|
|Austria (bilateral)||Aid of two manned helicopters CH-47 and support staff||9. till 12. 8. 2023||Slovenia|
|Austria (through the EU mechanism)||Assist of the heavy machinery unit (two excavators and two additional vehicles)||9. till 24. 8. 2023||Solčava region|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina (through the EU mechanism)||Assist of six excavators and 20 additional vehicles with teams||11. till 26. 8. 2023 the first team (from BiH Federation), 12. till 31. 8. 2023 the second team (from Srbska Republic)||Upper Savinjska Valley|
|Croatia (bilateral)||Aid of one manned helicopter||7. and 8. 8.2023||Help in damming and strengthening the embankments on the Mura River, later on standby|
|Croatia (through the EU mechanism)||Assist of the heavy machinery unit (four excavators and 12 additional vehicles)||8. till 29. 8. 2023||Upper Savinjska Valley|
|Croatia (through the EU mechanism)||One prefabricated bridge and construction unit||10. 8. 2023 view the location, installation of the bridge starts on 4. 9. 2023, opening of the bridge on 7. 9. 2023||Lačja village in Nazarje Municipality|
|Czech Republic (through the EU mechanism)||Three prefabricated bridges||15. 8. 2023 view the location, 5. 9. installation of the first bridge, opening on 11. 9. 2023; opening of the second bridge on 13. 9. 2023 and the third bridge on 20. 9.||Črna na Koroškem, Mežica and Ljubno|
|France (through the EU mechanism)||Assist of the heavy machinery unit (two excavators and six additional vehicles)||8. till 21. 8. 2023 the first team, 21. 8. till 5. 9. 2023 the second team||Area of Rečica ob Savinji and Solčava Near Meža River|
|Germany (through the EU mechanism)||Aid from the members of the civil defence forces to assist in the relief of severe floods with two excavators and 16 additional vehicles||7. till 9. 8. 2023 (3 teams)
departure 19. 8. 2023
|In the region of Savinjska Valley: nearby Rečica ob Savinji, Solčava and Luče|
|Germany (through the EU mechanism)||Two prefabricated bridges||7. 8. 2023 view the location,
11. - 14. 8. 2023 installation of the first bridge,
15. - 18. 8. 2023 installation of the second bridge
|Germany (through the EU mechanism)||Aid of two manned helicopters CH-53||9. till 17. 8. 2023||Slovenia|
|Hungary (bilateral)||Aid of one manned helicopter||7. and 8. 8.2023||Help in damming and strengthening the embankments on the Mura River, later available on request|
|Hungary (bilateral)||Lamps, mattresses, blankets, pillows, covers, boots, sandbags, anti-flood films||12. and 13. 8. 2023||DLC Roje|
|Israel||10 water purification pumps||From 12. 10. 2023||Slovenija|
|Italy (through the EU mechanism)||Assist of five excavators and 15 additional vehicles||11. till 19. 8. 2023 the first team, 12. till 26. 8. 2023 the second team||Area of Škofja Loka|
|Italy (through the EU mechanism)||Three prefabricated bridges and installation team||10. 8., 16. 8. - reconnaissance unit, 28. 8. - reconnaissance engineering unit, start of work for the first two bridges on 1. 9. 2023, opening of the first bridge on 4. 9., installation of the second bridge will start after prepartion works, the third bridge is expected to be open on 30. 10. 2023||Dobrova - Polhov Gradec, Gornji Grad;
Črna na Koroškem
|North Macedonia (bilateral)||Assistance of the soldier units||Črna na Koroškem in Mežica|
|Poland (through the EU mechanism)||Two prefabricated bridges and installation team||10. 8. 2023 view the location, 23. 8. 2023 installation of the bridges, 31. 8. 2023 opening of the first bridge and on 13. 9. 2023 opening of the second bridge; end of the mission on 18. 9. 2023||Gornji Grad and Mežica|
|Slovak Republic (through the EU mechanism)||Assist of four excavators with teams||11. 8. 2023 team with excavators, 28. 8. 2023 team with 4 extra trucks, till 14. 9. 2023||Area of Rečica ob Savinji and Solčava|
|Slovak Republic (through the EU mechanism)||20 dehumidifiers||14. 8. 2023 offered and accepted; arrived on 12. 9.||Slovenia|
|Serbia (bilateral)||Aid with two helicopters and with fuel and water tanks||10. till 18. 8. 2023||Slovenia|
|Spain (through the NATO mechanism)||Aid of one manned heavy helicopter||8. till 17. 8. 2023||Slovenia|
|Sweden||Three prefabricated bridges||2 bridges delivered on 28. 9., the third bridge on 2. 10.; the first bridge was erected on 13. 10., the construction of the second bridge began on 25. 10. and was completed on 27. 10.; the third bridge will probably be erected by the end of November 2023 (when the preparatory construction works will be completed); The Slovenian army participates in the construction of bridges||2 bridges in Solčava, 1 bridge in Črna na Koroškem|
|Ukraine (bilateral)||Assist of five excavators and 14 additional vehicles with teams||11. till 28. 8. 2023||Upper Savinjska Valley|
|United States of America (bilateral)||Assist of the engineering reconnaissance|
Remark: Data as of October 27, 2023.
|Countries That Offered Aid||Type of Aid|
|Montenegro (bilateral)||Assistance of the soldier units|
|United States of America (bilateral)||Assistance at the long term recovery|
|Israel (bilateral)||Assistance of the soldier units|
Remark: Data as of October 27, 2023.