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European Commission stands ready to help in the wake of floods in Austria, Czech Republic and Germany

(03 June 2013)

European Commission stands ready to help in the wake of floods in Austria, Czech Republic and Germany

Statement by Regional Policy Commissioner Johannes Hahn:

"We very much regret that a number of people have lost their lives because of the floods in Austria, Czech Republic and Germany. I send my condolences to their friends and families. In the meantime I would like to reassure them, the communities affected and the political authorities that we, the European Family, stand ready to help where help is needed most.   

The European Solidarity Fund of course was set up after the huge floods of 2002 and is intended to help member states and the areas affected get back on their feet and bear the cost of rebuilding and emergency operations. In the meantime, the immediate task is to make sure people are safe and have shelter."

 

In principle the countries involved would be eligible (as EU member states) if they make a request within 10 weeks of the disaster occurring. The normal threshold for activating the EUSF for the 3 countries is direct damage of more than €1.79 billion for Austria; €872 million for the Czech Republic; €3.67 billion for Germany.

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