From mid-May until end of June 2013, large areas of Germany experienced intense rainfall, which resulted in widespread flooding causing severe damages. More than 100,000 people were evacuated from flood-affected areas in Germany. The total direct damage of around EUR 8.1 billion was well above exceeding the threshold to qualify for Solidarity Fund support.
Austria and the Czech Republic both submitted applications on the basis of the so-called “neighbouring country" criteria, whereby a country affected by the same major disaster as a neighbouring country may exceptionally benefit from Solidarity Fund aid even if under the normal damage threshold for mobilising the Fund is not reached. In addition, Romania will receive more than EUR 2.4 million to help meet the costs for damage caused by the drought and forest fires in the summer of 2012.
The Council (Member States) and the European Parliament must now decide whether to approve the proposal or not.
EU Commissioner Janusz Lewandowski, responsible for Budget, stated: Last July I went to see the situation on the ground and I promised the people in areas affected by the floods in Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic that the EU, and more specifically the EU budget would come to their help as quickly and effectively as possible. Today, we deliver: we propose to amend the 2013 EU budget in order to provide help. My colleague for Regional policy, Commissioner Johannes Hahn, and myself propose to provide more than EUR 350 million to Germany. Austria and the Czech Republic were less badly hit by the floods and would receive EUR 21.6 Million and EUR 15.9 Million respectively. I pledge to do all I can to ensure Member States and the European Parliament swiftly approve our proposal.
Draft Amending Budget No. 9: Documents