AIDA Cruises and Costa Cruises donated a total of EUR 200,000 for refugee relief in Italy and Germany to support refugees who escaped war and prosecution, and hoped for life in freedom in Europe, according to a released joint statement.

Michael Thamm, CEO of Costa Group, said that the current situation was an exceptional challenge for whole Europe. Hundreds of thousands of people had left everything behind them and needed support. According to Thamm, it was a question of humanity to provide help. Costa Cruises will donate EUR 100,000 to support Medecins Sans Frontieres.

Neil Palomba, President Costa Cruises, said that Europe was facing big emergency and the line felt responsibility to provide support. Palomba added that each day more about the extremely sad situation was understood, and they had to concretely support relief efforts.

Since 2002 MSF (Medecins Sans Frontieres) gives medical assistance to migrants and refugees on arrival and in the First Aid & reception Center in Pozzallo, Italy working in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. The organization gives medical and psychological assistance both in ports and in the Ragusa province reception centers. In May this current year, MSF initiated sea rescue operations in Mediterranean sea with three dedicated ships.