The EU Solidarity Fund was set up in 2002 to respond to major natural disasters like wildfires, floods and earthquakes. It has responded to 76 disasters in 24 European countries with over €5 billion in aid.
No matter how prepared we are natural disasters strike violently, Damaging homes, schools and roads. Life gets turned upside down. Businesses shut, transport stops. It's critical to respond fast. But some damage is costly and takes time to repair. The EU Solidarity Fund was set up in 2002 to respond to major natural disasters: wildfires, floods, earthquakes. All Member States and regions can apply within 3 months of an event. The Commission evaluates applications, the European Parliament and Council approve payments, and states implement them. Since it was created the Fund has responded to 76 disasters with €5 billion in aid to 24 countries. Rebuilding roads, schools, houses. Rebuilding lives.