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Parliamentary questions
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13 November 2019
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Silvio Berlusconi, Massimiliano Salini, Fulvio Martusciello, Giuseppe Milazzo, Antonio Tajani, Aldo Patriciello, Herbert Dorfmann
 Subject: Solidarity fund for the floods in Italy

The European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) is intended to provide financial support to Member States in the event of major natural disasters. The fund was set up to intervene in areas seriously affected by floods, forest fires, earthquakes, storms and drought.

At the moment, serious flooding is occurring in Italy, with severe economic consequences. In view of the morphological fragility of the area, this emergency is particularly affecting Venice’s lagoon, which is a UNESCO world heritage site.

Unfortunately, serious damage has already been done to universally famous monuments such as St Mark’s Basilica and La Fenice Theatre.

In view of this, can the Commission answer the following questions:

Has the Italian Government applied for EU aid from the EUSF?

What does the Commission intend to do to support citizens, businesses, traders and the local and regional governments in the disaster-stricken areas?

Does the Commission intend to take extraordinary steps to safeguard the artistic and cultural heritage?

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