Solidarity Fund: Commission proposes €18 million for flood damage in Liguria and Tuscany
Brussels, 15 March 2012 – The European Commission has today proposed to allocate an amount of EUR 18.06 million from the EU Solidarity Fund (EUSF) to Italy following the severe flooding in Liguria and Tuscany in October 2011. This funding will contribute towards the costs borne by public authorities in response to the emergency, in particular for restoring essential infrastructure, like reconnecting water, gas and electricity supplies.
Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn, responsible for the EU Solidarity Fund, said: "I was able to see first hand the magnitude of the damage done and the importance of an EU intervention when visiting the affected sites in January. Our priority is to restore as quickly as possible normal living conditions for the citizens of these regions, as well as the speedy recovery of economic activity, such as tourism."