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EU Solidarity Fund: Commission proposes €14.6 million to support Slovenia, Croatia and Austria after floods disaster

(30/04/2013)

EU Solidarity Fund: Commission proposes €14.6 million to support Slovenia, Croatia and Austria after floods disaster

European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn has today announced an aid package from the EU Solidarity Fund (EUSF) of over €14.6 million in response to serious flooding in Slovenia in October and November 2012. Neighbouring countries Austria and Croatia also suffered lesser damages as a direct result of the floods and will benefit from the grant in order to fund their emergency operations in the aftermath of the disaster.

Commissioner Hahn, who is also responsible for the EUSF, commented: "Today’s proposal is an expression of the Union’s solidarity with Slovenia as well as with the parts of Croatia and Austria which were affected. The amount of funding proposed will help to offset the financial burden that they have incurred in restoring infrastructure and in taking emergency measures. It will help these affected regions to get back on their feet. The Commission is proposing an amending budget so that the Council and Parliament can make the resources available to reduce the negative effects on the Slovenian economy and its neighbours.

In line with the rules of the Solidarity Fund, the Commission proposes a total of €14.6m to be granted to the three countries, of which €14.08m for Slovenia, €286,587 for Croatia and €240,000 for Austria.

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