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Renewal of the partnership agreement between the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Crisis and Support Centre and the Veolia Foundation

Yesterday, Antoine Frérot, Chairman and CEO of Veolia and President of the Veolia Foundation, renewed the Veolia Foundation’s humanitarian aid partnership with the Crisis and Support Centre. The event took place at the Quai d'Orsay in Paris, in the presence of Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs.

Under this partnership the Foundation will offer the Crisis and Support Centre its support in the following areas: access to water in humanitarian crisis areas; sanitation, decontamination and water and sanitation network reconstruction operations; re-establishing functioning energy networks or infrastructure; management of solid or liquid waste, accidental pollution; soil decontamination; fighting water related diseases in places already affected by a crisis.

This renewal reflects the recurrent needs of French cooperation. As the Ministry stated, "The private sector is playing a growing and indispensable role in the management of emergency humanitarian situations; its mobilization and synergies make it possible to optimize relief operations. These partnerships take different forms: donations in kind, skills sponsorship, or co-financing projects. They illustrate the Quai d'Orsay's desire to work closely with private actors and civil society through innovative and ambitious projects."

The Veolia Foundation will continue to deploy the following resources: intervention of experts, training of local users, provision by the Foundation of equipment, etc.

The Veolia Foundation missions

The Foundation supports its partners in three different ways: project funding, sponsorship in-kind (donation of equipment), skills sponsorship (via employee involvement). It sometimes combines these three aspects through its dedicated Veoliaforce structure: this brings together 500 volunteers from all Group entities in 17 countries, and emergency water treatment equipment.
The Veolia Foundation has intervened on numerous occasions in the framework of this partnership with the Crisis and Support Centre, for example in 1998 in Kosovo in Mitrovica, in Sri Lanka and Indonesia in 2005 following the tsunami, in Haiti in 2010 following the earthquake and then again in 2016 following Hurricane Matthew, in Iraq several times - notably in 2015 and 2016 in a refugee camp -, and more recently in Ecuador following an earthquake.

The Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs Crisis and Support Centre

The Centre is responsible for observation, anticipation, alert and the management of crises abroad requiring either a reaction to an event threatening the safety of French nationals abroad or emergency humanitarian action. It is also responsible for offering post-crisis stabilization support. The Crisis and Support Centre liaises with other international humanitarian aid actors and mobilizes partnerships with civil society, local authorities, and businesses. It is involved in developing and implementing the Government's emergency humanitarian action policy and supporting reconstruction.

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