EU Solidarity Fund: Commission provides financial support to Croatia after the earthquake

Today, the Commission announces the first disbursement of financial assistance to Croatia in the amount of 88.9 million euros under the EU Solidarity Fund (FSEU) after the devastating earthquake that hit the city of Zagreb and its surroundings on March 22, 2020. This supports Croatia in its efforts to provide assistance to the population and re-establish the most important infrastructure and services.
Cohesion and Reform Commissioner Elisa Ferreira said: Croatia and its capital have suffered one of the worst natural disasters in over a hundred years, causing great damage and disruption. And it hit at a time when the population already had to deal with a coronavirus pandemic and restriction of movement. Today's decision seeks to alleviate the heavy burden that the country carries and once again show EU solidarity in such difficult times.
In the coming days, Croatia will receive an advance, the highest ever paid from the FSEU. In the meantime, the Commission is finalizing an analysis of the Croatian authorities' requests and will propose a final amount of assistance, to be approved by the European Parliament and the Council.
Context
A severe earthquake hit Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, and its surroundings on March 22, 2020. Immediately afterwards, the EU Civil Protection Mechanism was activated to respond urgently to the situation: tents, beds, heaters and sleeping bags from Slovenia, Hungary, Austria and Italy were quickly dispatched to the affected areas. The Commission has also provided support in rescue and damage assessment operations through the EU's Copernicus crisis management services. Croatia then submitted a full request for assistance from the EU Solidarity Fund on 11 June 2020, within the prescribed deadline of 12 weeks after the disaster.
The FSEU provides financial support to Member States and acceding countries following severe natural disasters. Since its inception in 2002, the fund has been used for 88 disasters of various natures, such as floods, forest fires, earthquakes, storms and droughts. So far, 24 countries (23 Member States and one acceding country) have received support, some of them several times, totaling 5.5 billion euros. As part of the EU's response to the coronavirus pandemic and the associated public health crisis, the FSEU has recently been applied to severe public health crises, with the maximum amount of advances increased from EUR 30 million to EUR 100 million.
More information
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List of all interventions within the FSEU (by the end of 2019)

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