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Solidarity Fund: Commission proposes €18 million for flood damage in Liguria and Tuscany

16/03/2012

The European Commission has on 15 March proposed to allocate an amount of EUR 18.06 million from the EU Solidarity Fund (EUSF) to Italy following the severe flooding in Liguria and Tuscany in October 2011. This funding will contribute towards the costs borne by public authorities in response to the emergency, in particular for restoring essential infrastructure, like reconnecting water, gas and electricity supplies.

Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn, responsible for the EU Solidarity Fund, said: "I was able to see first hand the magnitude of the damage done and the importance of an EU intervention when visiting the affected sites in January. Our priority is to restore as quickly as possible normal living conditions for the citizens of these regions, as well as the speedy recovery of economic activity, such as tourism."

On 25 October 2011, extreme weather conditions over north-west Italy led to a vast amount of rain falling within a few hours causing two major rivers – the Vara and the Magra – to burst their banks and flood several nearby towns. Worst affected were the provinces of La Spezia in Liguria and Massa Carrara in Tuscany. The affected zone also covers the area of "Cinque Terre", an integral part of the Italian Riviera and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

More information available in the Press release.