Austria, Italy, Romania to receive almost €300m under EUSF

The assistance has to be now approved by the European Parliament and Council

European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu 

The European Commission has proposed on Wednesday €293.5m to Austria, Italy and Romania to help with extensive repairs in each country following a series of natural disasters that occurred last year that left each with extensive damage in certain regions, European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu announced on 16 May.

During a press briefing, Cretu presented the Commission’s decision to grant the Italian government most of the amount, or €277.2m because lat year the country experienced some of the most deadly floods in recent years that caused extensive damage throughout the country. Neighbouring Austria will, on the other hand receive €8.1m for the Alpine regions on the Italian border that suffered the same meteorological events. The remaining €8.2m would be given to Romania to help compensate its citizens in the North East region for damage caused to households and local agriculture, some of which will be handed over to the Romanian government to rebuild heavily damaged infrastructure. 

“The Commission now requests the approval of the funds,” said Cretu, adding that as soon as the Member States and the European Parliament give the green light, “the Commission will handle the amounts in full” to the affected countries.

The assistence is granted under the EU Solidarity Fund. Created after the severe floods in Central Europe in the summer of 2002. EUSF have since intervened following 84 disasters covering a range of different catastrophic events including floods, forest fires, earthquakes, storms and drought. 24 different European countries have been supported so far with a total amount of more than €5.2bn.

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