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to wind up the debate on the statements by the Council and the Commission

pursuant to Rule 110(2) of the Rules of Procedure

on the floods in central European countries, in Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia (2013/2683(RSP))

Oldřich Vlasák, Tomasz Piotr Poręba, Ryszard Czarnecki, Lajos Bokros, Paweł Robert Kowal on behalf of the ECR Group

European Parliament resolution on the floods in central European countries, in Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia (2013/2683(RSP))  

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to Article 3 of the Treaty on European Union and Articles 191 and 349 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–   having regard to the Commission proposal for a regulation establishing a European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) (COM(2005)0108) and to Parliament’s position thereon of 18 May 2006(1),

–   having regard to its resolutions of 5 September 2002 on floods in Europe(2), of 8 September 2005 on natural disasters (fires and floods) in Europe(3), of 18 May 2006 on natural disasters (forest fires, droughts and floods) – agricultural aspects, regional development aspects and environmental aspects(4) – of 7 September 2006 on forest fires and floods(5), and of 16 June 2010 on the floods in central European countries, in particular Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary(6),

–   having regard to the Commission White Paper entitled ‘Adapting to climate change: Towards a European framework for action’ (COM(2009)0147) and to the Commission Communication on a Community approach on the prevention of natural and man-made disasters (COM(2009)0082),

–   having regard to the Commission Staff Working Document entitled ‘Regions 2020 - an assessment of future challenges for EU regions’ (SEC(2008)2868),

–   having regard to Rule 110(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A. whereas a major natural disaster has occurred in the form of flooding in various European Union Member States such as Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia;

B.  whereas tens of people fell victim to rivers bursting their banks, with thousands being forced to leave their homes and properties;

C. whereas the floods caused serious damage to cities, towns and municipalities, to infrastructure, businesses, to agriculture and to rural areas (for example, in the Czech Republic alone, about 700 municipalities were flooded and in Poland more than 100 000 farms and 600 000 hectares of agricultural land were flooded);

D. whereas due to floods and storms, some European capitals, such as Prague and Warsaw, as well as other European cities and towns, were seriously affected and paralysed with flood water trapping people in their homes and cars, and suspending public transport services;

E.  whereas sustainable reconstruction of the areas destroyed or damaged by the disasters must be undertaken in order to remedy their economic and social losses;

1.  Expresses its empathy and solidarity with the inhabitants of the Central European countries, regions and municipalities affected by the disaster; takes due note of the possible serious economic effects;

2.  Appreciates the relentless efforts made by the safety and defence units, and by rescue teams to save lives and minimise damage in the areas affected;

3.  Applauds the actions of the Member States and regions that provided assistance to the areas affected, as European solidarity is exemplified by mutual assistance in adverse situations;

4.  Expresses its conviction that actions taken under emergency policy and disaster prevention policy over recent years has helped to mitigate the impact of the flooding; acknowledges the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism in helping the Member State to cooperate and minimise the effects of exceptional force; calls on the Commission and the Member States to further simplify the rules and procedures for activation of the Mechanism;

5.  Calls for an increase in the capacity of flood-control and drainage infrastructure in order to limit the damage caused by extreme weather impact, namely in the border regions where there is great potential for implementing an enhanced joint emergency response to enable coordination between these regions;

6.  Stresses that flood prevention programmes need to be implemented by the national governments of Member States through comprehensive and preventive strategies; emphasises that emergency policy, including emergency prevention and emergency response, requires the closer involvement of regions, cities and local communities, which should be motivated to include emergency policy in their strategies;

7.  Highlights that investment in flood prevention under the relevant national operational programmes requires adequate financial resources, as it is an important tool in enabling the governments of the Member States to develop flood prevention infrastructure to protect people, and natural and cultural heritage from floods;

8.  Calls on the Commission – as soon as it receives all necessary applications from the Member States – to make all necessary efforts to provide for rapid and as high a level as possible of financing from the EUSF;

9.  Calls on the Commission to draft a new, simplified EUSF regulation which would enable the countries affected to have the funds for their emergency operations released shortly after a disaster;

10. Expresses the view that the consequences of disasters have negative a impact on drawing on EU funds; calls for maximum flexibility with regard to reprogramming in the Member States in support of the reconstruction of the areas affected and selection of the most suitable projects; calls for a relaxing of the decommitment rules in the areas affected;

11. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the governments of the Member States, and regional and local authorities in the areas affected.


OJ C 297 E, 7.12.2006, p. 331.


OJ C 272 E, 13.11.2003, p. 471.


OJ C 193 E, 17.8.2006, p. 322.


OJ C 297 E, 7.12.2006, pp. 363, 369 and 375.


OJ C 305 E, 14.12.2006, p. 240.


OJ C 236 E, 12.8.2011, p. 128.

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