European money for Romania following floods
Romania could receive money from the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) and the Community Civil Protection Mechanism to cope with the recent floods.
The floods have killed several people, destroyed crops, homes, roads and bridges in half of the country. The government announced the simplification of emergency aid for those affected. USR MEP Vlad Gheorghe points out that Romania could also receive European money to counter the effects of the floods.
“We have asked EU Commissioner for Budget Johannes Hahn to make sure that there is enough money to provide assistance to Romania. For the Solidarity Fund, we voted for an allocation of more than 525 million euros. More than 480 million has already been dispersed following the natural disasters in France and Greece. In addition, they also contributed in the fight against Covid19. We have proposed to Commissioner Hahn to make a budgetary transfer to make sure that the necessary financial funds are available. We will then be able to allocate money both to Romania and to other EU countries recently affected by extreme weather events, such as France and Belgium”, explains Gheorghe.
“Thousands of hectares have been flooded, hundreds of households have been affected, people have died. And that’s just the toll so far, and the weather warnings continue. Romania is entitled and must receive European money for the disaster caused by the floods, just like any other Member State in a similar situation”, stresses the USR MEP.
The European Union Solidarity Fund
The European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) is the EU’s main instrument for dealing with major natural disasters and showing solidarity with disaster-stricken regions in Europe. The Fund was created in response to the devastating floods that hit central Europe in the summer of 2002. Since then, it has been used for 80 disasters of various kinds: floods, forest fires, earthquakes, storms, droughts. To date, 24 different European countries have been supported, with a total amount allocated exceeding €5 billion. In the context of COVID-19, the scope of the EUSF has been extended to include major public health emergencies.
The Union Civil Protection Mechanism coordinates the response to natural and man-made disasters. Created in 2001, it was reformed in 2013 to focus on disaster prevention and preparedness.