Extracts from the press conference by Johannes Hahn on help offered under the European Solidarity Fund for countries hit by floods and drought

Type: Summary of press conference   Référence: I082157   Durée: 03:31  Lieu: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 3 October 2013, Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy, gave a press conference on the EC proposal to allocate more than 360 million euro to Germany in response to the serious flooding in late spring, May and June of this year. Neighbouring countries Austria and the Czech Republic who suffered lesser damages as a direct result of the floods will benefit from 21.6 million EUR and 15.9 million EUR respectively. In addition, Romania will receive more than 2.4 million EUR to help meet the costs for damage caused by the drought and forest fires in the summer of 2012.

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00:00:05 Exterior view of the Berlaymont building in Brussels 00:00:07
00:00:12 Soundbite by Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy (in ENGLISH):On behalf of the Commission European Institutions and in particular on behalf of my colleagues, I would like to express our sadness about the events which took place in Lampedusa. 44 people have been drowned. It is real a tragedy. Europe is really sad about it. We should see how we can improve the situation. 00:00:41
00:00:52 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:05
00:00:57 Soundbite by Johannes Hahn (in ENGLISH): Today I can announce that what we have promised 4 months ago has really occurred. We have been able to approve positively the request from Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic concerning the floods in June last year. I told you that we will do everything to approve as quick as possible and indeed we managed to do it within four months. 00:00:33
00:01:30 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
00:01:34 Soundbite by Johannes Hahn (in ENGLISH): You might remember that the overall damage cost in Germany amount to more than 8 billion Euros, exactly 8.1 billion Euros so, according our conditions, the money being provided by the solidarity fund will be 360 million Euros. The damages in Austria amounted to 866 million Euros and for the Czech Republic is 637 million Euros so therefore Austria will receive 21.6 million Euros and the Czech Republic 15.9 million Euros. 00:00:54
00:02:28 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:05
00:02:33 Soundbite by Johannes Hahn (in ENGLISH): We could also decide concerning the decision for Romania, which has suffered from floods and forest fires, and it is possible to count around 2.4 million Euros. So all in all it is more or less exactly 400 million which will be paid to the affected Member States as an expression of European solidarity and plead to the Council and the Parliament to proceed at least as quickly as we have done our job. This is in the interest of the European Citizens and we should give before Christmas strong signals that we have done our jobs and kept our promises. 00:00:54
00:03:27 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
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