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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

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

Het Solidariteitsfonds van de Europese Unie (SFEU) is opgericht om op natuurrampen te kunnen reageren en te laten zien dat Europa solidair is met de getroffen regio's. Het fonds kwam er als reactie op de ernstige overstromingen in de zomer van 2002 in Midden-Europa. Sindsdien is het al ingezet bij 60 rampen, waaronder overstromingen, bosbranden, aardbevingen, stormen en droogtes. Tot nu toe hebben 23 Europese landen steun gekregen, voor een bedrag van meer dan 3.6 miljard euro. Het fonds is ingezet in deze gevallen: PDF en

Hoe kunt u steun aanvragen?

De Commissie moet alle aanvragen binnen 12 weken na de eerste schade ontvangen.

Om de procedure zo vlot mogelijk te laten verlopen wordt ten zeerste aanbevolen bij het opstellen van de aanvraag rechtstreeks contact op te nemen met DG Regionaal beleid.

Deze pagina wordt regelmatig bijgewerkt, zorg dat u de meest recente versie van het aanvraagformulier downloadt voordat u begint.

  • Aanvraagformulier (Laatste bijwerking: 11-07-2014) Word en
  • Toelichting Word en
  • Drempels voor grote rampen PDF en
  • Drempels voor regionale rampen PDF en
  • Bepaling van de drempelwaarde voor rampen die verschillende regio's treffen (op basis van het gewogen gemiddelde van het bnp) xls en

De Commissie beoordeelt de aanvraag en stelt, indien de aanvraag wordt geaccepteerd, een steunbedrag voor aan het Europees Parlement en de Raad, die het bedrag moeten goedkeuren voordat het kan worden uitgekeerd. Zodra de kredieten beschikbaar worden gemaakt binnen de EU-begroting, keurt de Commissie een besluit goed op grond waarvan de steun wordt toegekend aan de desbetreffende lidstaat. Vervolgens wordt de steun direct uitgekeerd in een enkele termijn. Zodra de steun is uitgekeerd, is de desbetreffende lidstaat verantwoordelijk voor de uitvoering, met inbegrip van de selectie van activiteiten en de audit en controle daarvan. Noodmaatregelen kunnen met terugwerkende kracht vanaf de eerste dag na de ramp worden gefinancierd.

Het fonds is niet bedoeld voor noodhulp of om de onmiddellijke gevolgen van een natuurramp op te vangen. De steun kan pas worden verleend na een aanvraag- en begrotingsprocedure die enkele maanden in beslag kan nemen.

Contactpersonen

Europese Commissie
DG Regionaal beleid en Stadsontwikkeling
Eenheid E1/EUSF
B-1049 Brussel
België
Johannes Wachter
tel.: + 32 2 296 65 15
Andrea Lamprecht
tel.: +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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