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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 Website

Eiropas Savienības Solidaritātes fonds (ESSF) izveidots, lai reaģētu lielu dabas katastrofu gadījumā un izrādītu solidaritāti katastrofās cietušajiem Eiropas reģioniem. Fondu izveidoja pēc plašiem plūdiem, ko Viduseiropas valstis piedzīvoja 2002. gada vasarā. Kopš fonda izveidošanas tā līdzekļi izmantoti, lai novērstu 56 dažādu dabas katastrofu sekas, tostarp tādas, ko izraisījuši plūdi, mežu ugunsgrēki, zemestrīces, vētras un sausums. Līdz šim palīdzība sniegta 23 Eiropas valstīm, un tās kopējais apjoms ir vairāk nekā 3.6 miljardi eiro. Ja gribat redzēt visu to gadījumu sarakstu, kad sniegta palīdzība, noklikšķiniet te: PDF en

Kā pieteikties?

Palīdzības lūdzējiem jāgādā, lai Komisija pieteikumu būtu saņēmusi 12 nedēļu laikā no brīža, kad radies pirmais katastrofas izraisītais kaitējums.

Iestādei, kas gatavo pieteikumu, ļoti ieteicams laicīgi sazināties ar attiecīgo Reģionu politikas ģenerāldirektorāta dienestu, kas var sniegt dažādus padomus, kuri palīdzēs cik vien iespējams paātrināt palīdzības lūgšanas procedūru.

Šī lapa tiek regulāri atjaunināta. Lūdzu, lejupielādējiet pieteikuma veidlapas visjaunāko versiju!

  • Pieteikuma veidlapa (Pēdējā atjaunināšana: 11-07-2014) Word en
  • Norādījumi Word en
  • Lielām katastrofām piemērojamie sliekšņi PDF en
  • Reģionālām katastrofām piemērojamie sliekšņi PDF en
  • Kā noteikt vairākus reģionus ietekmējošu katastrofu slieksni (pamatojoties uz vidējo svērto IKP) xls en

Komisija izvērtē iesniegumu un, ja iesniegums tiek pieņemts, tā ierosinās palīdzības summu Eiropas Parlamentam un Padomei, kam tā jāapstiprina, pirms to var izmaksāt. Tiklīdz piešķirtie līdzekļi kļūst pieejami ES budžetā, Komisija pieņem lēmumu piešķirt palīdzību ietekmētajai Valstij un palīdzība pēc tam tiek izmaksāta nekavējoties un vienā maksājumā. Kad palīdzība ir izmaksāta, ietekmētā Valsts ir atbildīga par īstenošanu, tai skaitā darbību izvēli un to auditu un kontroli. Ārkārtas pasākumus var finansēt atpakaļejoši jau no pirmās katastrofas dienas.

Ņemiet vērā, ka ESSF nav ātras reaģēšanas instruments, ko varētu izmantot dabas katastrofu seku novēršanai. Valstij, kas lūdz finansiālu palīdzību, to var piešķirt tikai pēc tam, kad pabeigta pieteikuma iesniegšanas un budžeta procedūra, kas var aizņemt vairākus mēnešus.

Kontaktpersonas

Eiropas Komisija
Reģionālās politikas un pilsētpolitikas ģenerāldirektorāts
Unit E1/EUSF
B-1049 Brussels
Belgium
Johannes Wachter
Tālr.: + 32 2 296 65 15
Andrea Lamprecht
Tālr.: +32 2 298 10 68

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In what cases does the EUSF assist?

The EUSF

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

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.

Examples

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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