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Tuesday, 26 November 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

EU response to extreme meteorological events and their impacts: how to protect European urban areas and their cultural heritage (debate)

  Andrey Novakov (PPE). – Madam President, I would like to start my address by expressing my condolences to all the families of the loved ones who lost their lives in today’s earthquake in Albania. Unfortunately, a few weeks ago, Venice made it into the headlines following massive floods and, unfortunately, this is yet another disaster which we have to address.

I hereby call on the Commission for a speedy procedure in order to trigger the Solidarity Fund and targeted ERDF support. I believe that, in order to prevent such things, we should invest in prevention more than recovering from such disasters. I believe that the European Union should have relations just like in a marriage so it should be there in good and bad times. When somebody falls to the ground, there should be a hand to pick him up. These hands will be the European Commission and the European Parliament for Italy.

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