Commission proposes EU Solidarity Fund assistance for Cyprus and Portugal

Created on Friday, 27 January 2017

On 24 January, the European Commission, proposed an aid worth over €11 million from the EU Solidarity Fund (EUSF) for Cyprus and Portugal. In 2016 Cyprus was faced with drought which caused forest fires and scarcity of water for the population. Cyprus will receive nearly €7.3 million from the EUSF to alleviate the financial burden of the damage.
The Portuguese Island of Madeira was affected by wildfires in August 2016. Almost €4 million from the EUSF will cover the costs of emergency measures, clean-up operations and the restoration of public infrastructure.
Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu underlined that: "Our thoughts are still with the people of Cyprus and Madeira; these tragedies showed once again how important EU solidarity is in times of need. Today we are moving from words to action with financial assistance to help affected communities, revitalise economic activity and support reconstruction efforts."
The financial assistance package needs to be approved by the European Parliament and the Council.
In November 2016, both Cyprus and Portugal received a first disbursement of aid worth €730 000 and €392 500 respectively.

The full press release is available here: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-17-112_en.htm