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EUSF: Commission welcomes Parliament’s approval of a faster and simpler response to disasters

EUSF: Commission welcomes Parliament’s approval of a faster and simpler response to disasters

17/04/2014

Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn has welcomed the European Parliament's vote today to endorse reform of the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF), strengthening the EU’s response to natural disasters across European regions.

Commenting on the vote, Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn said: "I welcome the European Parliament’s approval of a system that will work better and respond faster to help citizens affected by natural disasters. This is solidarity in action, sending a clear political signal, as well as genuine assistance, to rebuild and recover after economic and social damage to a region.”

The new rules which still need formal approval by the Council foresee a longer aid application deadline; a faster response time; a possibility of advance payments, and clearer criteria for “regional”, disasters - allowing the Commission to assess applications more quickly.

Since its creation in 2002, the Solidarity Fund has responded to 56 disasters across Europe including earthquakes, forest fires, drought, storms and floods. 23 countries have been supported with more than €3.6 billion.

More information:

Statement by Commissioner Hahn

Q&A on the reform of the European Union Solidarity Fund

European Parliament Press Release

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