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This study provides an analysis and assessment of EU tools to respond to natural disasters. Particular attention is paid to the European Union Solidarity Fund and the potential synergies and overlaps with other EU instruments including the Emergency Aid Reserve, the EU Civil Protection Mechanism as well as Cohesion Policy. Also, the recent modifications to the EUSF including the extension to address major public health emergencies as well as the modifications linked to the 2021-2027 programming period ...

European Union Solidarity Fund

Briefing 03-09-2021

Established in 2002 to support disaster-stricken regions, the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) complements the efforts of public authorities by helping to fund vital emergency and recovery operations in areas affected by catastrophes such as flooding, earthquakes and forest fires. EUSF funding is granted following an application from a Member State or candidate country, and may be used to finance measures including restoring infrastructure to working order, providing temporary accommodation ...

Draft Amending Budget No 2/2021 (DAB 2/2021) aims to finance actions for prevention and the response to the coronavirus pandemic, in particular preparatory work for the 'digital green certificate' and genetic sequencing. It also introduces technical adjustments following the adoption of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021-2027, and secures part of the financing for mobilisation of the EU Solidarity Fund (EUSF) – for which a decision is submitted simultaneously. The proposed EUSF mobilisation ...

Draft Amending Budget N°9/2020 (DAB 9/2020) accompanies the proposal to mobilise the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) for a total of €823.5 million to provide assistance to Croatia and Poland in relation to natural disasters, and advance payments to seven Member States relating to a public health emergency. DAB 9/2020 proposes to enter in the 2020 general budget a total of €734.6 million in commitments and payments, after deducting the advance already paid to Croatia. The European Parliament ...

Der Vorschlag zur Inanspruchnahme des Solidaritätsfonds der Europäischen Union in Höhe von 279 Mio. EUR zwecks Hilfeleistung für Portugal, Spanien, Italien und Österreich nach Naturkatastrophen, die im Laufe des Jahres 2019 in diesen Mitgliedstaaten eingetreten sind, wird vom Entwurf des Berichtigungshaushaltsplans Nr. 4/2020 (EBH Nr. 4/2020) begleitet. In dem Entwurf wird vorgeschlagen, dass die erforderlichen Mittel sowohl für Verpflichtungen als auch für Zahlungen nach Abzug des bereits ausgezahlten ...

The need to observe strict sanitary measures, in view of the COVID-19 contagion, requires a flexible response from everyone. Consequently, the European Parliament organised and conducted its March II plenary session with new precautionary measures, allowing it to act rapidly to carry out its essential legislative function during the crisis. Parliament's Bureau put in place an alternative voting procedure for the 26 March extraordinary plenary session. The new procedure meant that all Members – with ...

In the words of Parliament’s President, David Sassoli, the 'European Parliament must remain open, because a virus cannot bring down democracy'. Ways have therefore had to be found to enable Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to exercise their public duties should it become impossible for them to attend committees or plenary sessions in person. The need to keep parliaments functioning in emergency situations has been on Member States' agendas too. The European Parliament’s Bureau has taken ...

With much of Europe in the grip of the novel coronavirus, the European Commission announced a series of measures on 13 March 2020 to help countries cope with the socio-economic impact of the crisis. As part of this package, the Commission proposes extending the scope of the EU Solidarity Fund to include major public health emergencies, providing valuable additional support. The proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council is due to be voted during the extraordinary plenary ...

The European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) provides EU Member States struck by natural disasters with financial assistance to contribute to a rapid return to normal conditions. A vote on a budgetary proposal to mobilise the EUSF in order to help Romania, Italy and Austria deal with damage caused by flooding and extreme weather events is scheduled for the September plenary session. The proposed amount to be allocated is €293 551 794.

The European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) supports EU Member States struck by natural disasters, through providing financial assistance to contribute to a rapid return to normal conditions. A budgetary proposal to mobilise the EUSF in order to have advance payments available for affected countries in the 2019 budget, is scheduled to be voted during the December plenary session, together with the 2019 EU general budget. The proposed amount to be mobilised is €50 million.