Members of the European Parliament approve €31.5m in EU Solidarity Fund to Repair Flood Damage in Germany

Created on Monday, 05 December 2016

On 2 December, Members of the European Parliament approved €31.5 million in EU aid to repair flood damage in Bavaria in a plenary vote on Thursday.

The report drafted by Monika Hohlmeier (EPP, DE) was approved by 592 votes to 9, with 43 abstentions. The corresponding draft amending budget No. 6/2016, by rapporteur José Manuel Fernandes (EPP, PT) was approved by 590 votes to 25, with 29 abstentions.

This decision comes as a response to the May and June 2016 floods which resulted in the deaths of seven people and affected more than 47,000 people in Germany. Over 2,000 were still unable to return to their homes two months later. The aid will be provided from the EU Solidarity Fund (EUSF).

In May and June 2016, the region of Niederbayern (Lower Bavaria) in Germany suffered heavy rainfall causing rivers to burst their banks and flooding in several villages. The disaster resulted in damage to public infrastructure and buildings, private homes, businesses and farmland. The total amount of direct damage is estimated by the German authorities to be €1,259 million.

The EUSF aid of €31.5 million is intended to help restore essential infrastructure, reimburse the cost of emergency measures and cover the costs of some of the clean-up operations.

The Council approved the aid on 15 November. With the European Parliament's green light, the funds will be available within weeks.

The EUSF was set up in 2002 in response to the disastrous flooding that affected central Europe in the summer of that year. Since then, 24 EU Member States have received the fund for more than 70 disasters — including floods, forest fires, earthquakes, storms and drought —which accounts for more than €3.7 billion.

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