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Parliamentary questions
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13 September 2017
Question for written answer P-005687-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Julia Pitera (PPE) , Barbara Kudrycka (PPE) , Elżbieta Katarzyna Łukacijewska (PPE)

 Subject:  Assistance for Poland from the European Solidarity Fund
 Answer in writing 

One of the objectives behind the creation of the European Solidarity Fund was to help alleviate the impact of natural disasters. It has been used on a number of occasions to support communities affected by disasters of that kind.

In August 2017, torrential rain swept across Poland, causing serious destruction. Thousands of hectares of forest were destroyed. Hundreds of families lost their homes and everything they owned. Some people even lost their lives.

Repairing the damage will cost a huge amount, and these costs will far exceed what the victims and local authorities can afford to pay.

1. Has the Commission been informed by the Polish Government about the scale of the damage?2. Has the Polish Government contacted the Commission asking for financial assistance from the European Solidarity Fund to help alleviate the effects of the natural disaster? If so, when was this request sent?3. Can the Commission grant this assistance, and if so, how much and in what form?

Original language of question: PL 
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