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Green light to pay out record Solidarity to Italy

(11 December 2012)

Green light to pay out record Solidarity to Italy

Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn and Secretary of State Antonio Catricalà have now both signed the Implementation Agreement for the record sum of EUR 670 million from the EU Solidarity Fund. With the signature this week by Mr Catricalà, the money can now go towards recovery operations in the wake of the devastating earthquakesin Emilia-Romagna, Veneto and  Lombardia earlier this year.

The severe earthquakes hit the region with a force of 5.9 on the Richter scale on 20 May 2012, followed by hundreds of aftershocks spreading out into the neighbouring regions of Veneto and Lombardy. The earthquakes caused 27 deaths; an estimated 350 people were injured and over 45 000 people had to be evacuated. There was serious and widespread damage to buildings, infrastructure, businesses, industrial facilities, agriculture and to the important cultural heritage sector.