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Document selected : O-000059/2021

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O-000059/2021 (B9-0035/2021)

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Parliamentary questions
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7 September 2021
Question for oral answer  O-000059/2021
to the Commission
Rule 136
Younous Omarjee
on behalf of the Committee on Regional Development
 Answer in plenary 
 Subject: Natural disasters in summer 2021

In July, devastating floods hit several regions in Belgium and Germany hard, while less intensively in some regions in the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Austria, Italy, France and Romania. Many people died and many were displaced, damage to property was severe, and the images of landslides, devastated villages and cities, and completely destroyed houses were very shocking. Economic activity and agricultural resources are badly affected.

Severe fires also took place in many regions in Europe, especially in Greece and Italy. The fires were made worse by very high abnormal temperatures. Essential forests have been destroyed, many people were displaced, and the cost of the damage was very great.

As stated in a recent Parliament report on the EU Solidarity Fund, the risk of natural disaster has now became permanent and endemic. Natural disasters are growing in number and intensity and will continue in the coming decades. The EU must strengthen its solidarity instruments to address this problem.

1. Has the Commission taken all the necessary measures to swiftly assess and mobilise support to help all those national and regional authorities involved in relief efforts in the wake of the disasters?

2. How was the EU Civil Protection Mechanism mobilised? Is our European Emergency Response adapted to the reality of very sudden disasters?

3. What lessons should be drawn from these floods for the future? Do we have a European mapping of sectors and territories which will be affected by climate change? Does the Commission see a need to introduce a new fund addressing the impacts of climate change?

4. As the 2021 budget line has already been fully mobilised, how does the Commission plan to provide the necessary budgetary resources for the EU Solidarity Fund? How could we guarantee that adequate funding is always available in the future?

Submitted: 7.9.2021

Lapses: 8.12.2021

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