The European Parliament on Tuesday approved EU assistance of 823m euros to repair the aftermath of earthquakes in Croatia, floods in Poland and corona crises in several member states. Assistance in the amount of EUR 823 million from the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) will be distributed as follows:
• More than € 132.7 million goes to advance payments to Croatia, Germany, Ireland, Greece, Hungary, Spain and Portugal to address the public health consequences of the COVID-19 virus at the beginning of the year.
• A total of EUR 683.7 million has been approved for Croatia to repair the consequences of the devastating earthquake in Zagreb. An advance of 88.9m euros has already been paid in August, with the rest to follow.
• More than € 7 million goes to Poland to support reconstruction projects following the major floods that hit the Podkarpackie Voivodeship in June.
Amendments to the Solidarity Fund rules to address the consequences of a pandemic As part of the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative, the rules of the EU Solidarity Fund have been amended this year to extend the scope of the EU Solidarity Principle, so that the Union - in response to natural disasters - can help address the state of emergency. scale in the field of public health. A total of 19 EU Member States (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and Spain) and three candidate countries for membership (Albania, Montenegro and Serbia) requested assistance in combating the consequences of the corona crisis. The seven countries mentioned above requested an advance payment, which was approved by Parliament by a vote.