EU Solidarity Fund: Commission pledges financial aid to Romania, Bulgaria and Italy following severe flooding

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09/04/2015

Today the Commission announced the decision to grant aid worth 66.5 million euro from the European Union Solidarity Fund to Romania, Bulgaria and Italy, following three natural disasters in 2014.

The proposed aid of nearly 8.5 million euro to Romania, 1.98 million euro to Bulgaria and 56 million euro to Italy aims to help cover part of the emergency costs incurred by these three countries in the recovery operations following the flooding. It will particularly help restore vital infrastructure and services, reimburse the cost of emergency and rescue actions and cover some of the clean-up costs in the disaster-stricken regions.

There is a clear need for flood prevention and climate change mitigation measures; this is why many of the Programmes co-financed by the European Structural and Investment Funds for 2014-2020 plan for necessary investments in this area.

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