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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

Solidarnostni sklad Evropske unije je namenjen pomoči pri večjih naravnih nesrečah ter izraža solidarnost EU s prizadetimi območji v Evropi. Sklad so ustanovili po hudih poplavah v Srednji Evropi poleti leta 2002. Do danes je priskočil na pomoč ob 56 hudih naravnih nesrečah, kot so poplave, gozdni požari, potresi, nevihte in suše. Sredstva v skupnem znesku več kot 3.6 milijarde EUR je prejelo 23 evropskih držav. Seznam vseh pomoči PDF en

Kako zaprositi za pomoč

Vlogo za pomoč je treba Evropski komisiji poslati v 12 tednih od prvega nastanka škode zaradi naravne nesreče.

Organom, odgovornim za pripravo vloge, priporočamo, da takoj navežejo neposreden stik s pristojno službo pri Generalnem direktoratu za regionalno politiko, ki lahko ustrezno svetuje in pospeši celoten postopek.

Stran redno posodabljamo – naložite zadnjo različico obrazca za vlogo.

  • Obrazec vloge za pomoč (Zadnja sprememba: 11-07-2014) Word en
  • Smernice za pripravo vloge Word en
  • Mejne vrednosti v primeru velikih nesreč PDF en
  • Mejne vrednosti v primeru regionalnih nesreč PDF en
  • Kako določiti mejno vrednost za nesreče, ki prizadenejo več regij (na podlagi tehtanega povprečja BDP) xls en

Komisija vlogo oceni in – če jo sprejme – Evropskemu parlamentu in Svetu predlaga znesek pomoči. Evropski parlament in Svet morata pred izplačilom pomoči njen znesek odobriti. Ko so odobrena proračunska sredstva na voljo v proračunu EU, Komisija sprejme sklep o dodelitvi pomoči prizadeti državi, na podlagi katerega se pomoč izplača takoj in v enkratnem znesku. Po izplačilu pomoči je prizadeta država odgovorna za upravljanje s sredstvi pomoči, vključno z izbiro ustreznih ukrepov ter izvedbo revizije in nadzora. Nujni ukrepi se lahko financirajo za nazaj, in sicer od prvega dne naravne nesreče.

Treba je poudariti, da Solidarnostni sklad Evropske unije ni instrument za hitro ukrepanje ob večjih naravnih nesrečah. Država prosilka lahko finančno pomoč prejme samo po uspešni rešitvi njene prošnje in končani določitvi sredstev, kar lahko traja več mesecev.

Kontakt

Evropska komisija
Generalni direktorat za regionalno in mestno politiko
Enota E1/EUSF
B-1049 Bruselj
Belgija
Johannes Wachter
Tel: +32 2 296 65 15
Andrea Lamprecht
Tel: +32 2 298 10 68

Več informacij English >

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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