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Revised EU Solidarity Fund Regulation in force

The revised EU Solidarity Fund Regulation entered into force on 28 June and simplifies the existing rules so that aid can be paid out more rapidly than before. The use of advance payments will be become possible for the first time for Member States from 2015.

Key reforms:

  • To clarify the scope of the Solidarity Fund limiting it to natural disasters and extending it to drought.
  • Clearer rules on eligibility for regional disasters, introducing one single damage threshold for aid - 1.5% of regional GDP at NUTS2 level
  • Special threshold for outermost regions: 1% of regional GDP
  • Possibility of advance payments for the first time: 10% of anticipated contribution, capped at €30 million
  • Shorter administrative procedure by merging two stages of approval and implementation into one agreement
  • Introduction of measures to encourage disaster risk prevention strategies: reporting requirements and possible conditions for aid.

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EU Solidarity Fund: Commission welcomes Parliament’s approval of a faster and simpler response to disasters

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

Euroopan unionin solidaarisuusrahaston avulla EU voi reagoida vakaviin luonnonkatastrofeihin ja osoittaa solidaarisuutta katastrofeista kärsiville Euroopan alueille. Rahaston perustamispäätökseen vaikuttivat Keski-Eurooppaa kesällä 2002 koetelleet ankarat tulvat. Sittemmin rahastosta on myönnetty tukea 60 katastrofin jälkihoitoon. Katastrofit ovat olleet tulvia, metsäpaloja, maanjäristyksiä, myrskyjä ja kuivuutta. Tukea on tähän mennessä saanut kaikkiaan 23 Euroopan maata, ja myönnetyn tuen määrä on yhteensä yli 3.6 miljardia euroa. Avustushankkeiden luettelo PDF en

Miten tukea haetaan?

Hakemus on toimitettava Euroopan komissiolle 12 viikon kuluessa ensimmäisistä luonnonkatastrofin aiheuttamista vahingoista.

Hakijaorganisaation on syytä ottaa mahdollisimman aikaisessa vaiheessa yhteyttä tukihakemuksista vastaavaan komission aluepolitiikan pääosaston yksikköön. Yksikkö voi antaa hakijalle neuvoja, joita noudattamalla hakemuksen käsittely nopeutuu.

Tätä sivua päivitetään säännöllisesti. Lataa hakemuslomakkeen tuorein versio.

  • Hakemuslomake ( 11-07-2014) Word en
  • Ohjeita hakijalle Word en
  • Suurkatastrofien kynnysarvot PDF en
  • Alueellisten katastrofien kynnysarvot PDF en
  • Kynnysarvon määrittäminen useita alueita koskevien katastrofien yhteydessä (keskimääräisen painotetun BKT:n perusteella) xls en

Komissio arvioi hakemuksen. Jos hakemus hyväksytään, komissio tekee ehdotuksen sopivasta avustussummasta, joka on ennen maksuunpanoa vielä hyväksytettävä Euroopan parlamentilla ja neuvostolla. Varojen tultua käytettäviksi EU:n talousarviossa tuki maksetaan tuensaajavaltiolle välittömästi kertasuorituksena sen jälkeen, kun komissio on tehnyt päätöksen tuen myöntämisestä. Kun tuki on maksettu, vastuu tukitoimien valinnasta, tarkastuksista, valvonnasta ja muusta toimeenpanosta on tuensaajavaltiolla. Varoja voi käyttää hätätoimien kulujen kattamiseen myös taannehtivasti.

On syytä huomata, että Euroopan unionin solidaarisuusrahasto ei ole nopean rahoituksen instrumentti. Tukea voidaan myöntää hakijamaalle vain hakemuksesta, ja sen käsittely talousarviomenettelyssä saattaa kestää useita kuukausia.

Yhteystiedot – Euroopan komission aluepolitiikan pääosasto:

Euroopan komissio
DG Alue- ja kaupunkipolitiikan pääosasto
Unit E1/EUSF
B-1049 Brussels
Johannes Wachter
puh.: +32 2 296 65 15
Andrea Lamprecht
puh.: +32 2 298 10 68

Lisätietoa English >

In what cases does the EUSF assist?


The EUSF can provide financial aid to Member States and countries engaged in accession negotiations in the event of a major natural disaster if total direct damage caused by the disaster exceeds €3 billion at 2011 prices or 0.6% of the country's gross national income, whichever is the lower. A neighbouring Member State or accession country that is affected by the same disaster as an eligible country for which a major disaster has been recognised can also receive aid, even if the amount of damage does not reach the threshold.

The Fund can also be mobilised in the event of a regional disaster.

With what budget?

Solidarity Fund aid can be mobilised up to a maximum annual total of € 500 million (in 2011 prices) plus the unspent allocation from the preceding year which is raised over and above the normal EU budget. Individual grants have to be approved by the European Parliament and the Council following a proposal from the Commission. One quarter of this amount must remain available on 1 October of every year to meet possible needs through to the end of the year. In exceptional cases and if the resources remaining for the rest of the year are insufficient, the shortfall may be met out of the next year's budget.

For what actions?


The EUSF supplements Member States' public expenditure for the following essential emergency operations:

  • Immediate restoration to working order of infrastructure and plant in the fields of energy, drinking water, waste water, transport, telecommunications, health and education
  • Providing temporary accommodation and emergency services to meet the immediate needs of the population;
  • Immediate securing of prevention infrastructures and measures to protect the cultural heritage;
  • Cleaning up of disaster-stricken areas, including natural zones.

The EUSF was not set up with the aim of meeting all the costs linked to natural disasters. The Fund is limited in principle to non-insurable damage and does not compensate for private losses. Long-term action – such as lasting reconstruction, economic redevelopment and prevention – are not eligible for EUSF aid. It could, however, qualify for aid under other instruments, most notably the Structural Funds and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.


Austria - Flooding of August 2005 (regional disaster)

In August 2005, heavy flooding occurred in parts of two Austrian Länder Vorarlberg and Tyrol. The flooding caused severe damage to the agricultural sector, to tourism, residential properties and businesses, to the transport network and other infrastructure. The total direct damage was estimated at EUR 591.94 million which represents approximately 0.27 % of Austria's GNI. Since the figure is lower than the applicable threshold for mobilising the Solidarity Fund for major disasters (0.6 % of Austria's GNI, i.e. EUR 1.3363 billion), the application was therefore examined under exceptional criteria for so-called extraordinary regional disasters. The Commission came to the conclusion that the application provided sufficient evidence to allow exceptionally mobilising the Solidarity Fund and to grant financial aid amounting to EUR 14.79 million. The aid was used for:

  1. the immediate restoration to working order of infrastructure, in particular in restoration of state roads. Total EUSF contribution: EUR 9.86 million.
  2. the immediate securing of preventive infrastructures, in particular of restoration of damaged embankments of water courses, including the removal of trees and rubble, damming, stabilisation and restoration of river beds. Total EUSF contribution: EUR 4.93 million.





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