How can EU respond to natural disasters?
On 10 May, Dr. Stefan Hochrainer-Stigler from International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) made a presentation of the study “EU tools to respond to natural disasters”.
The European Union has special tools and mechanisms to respond to natural disasters and for enhancing resilience. These include the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF), the Emergency Aid Reserve (EAR), the Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM) as well as the Cohesion Policy.
Under the new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021-2027, European Union Solidarity Fund and the Emergency Aid Reserve were merged into one complex tool Solidarity and Emergency Aid Reserve (SEAR).
The presented study pays particular attention to the European Union Solidarity Fund and the potential synergies and overlaps with other EU tools. It assess its recent modifications related to the Covid-19 pandemics and to the implementation of the new MFF. It also provides the information on recent use of the EUSF in the Member States. The study provides recommendations regarding potential future improvements of the described tools.
At the end of the presentation, the Chair of the REGI-committee, Younous Omarjee, thanked the author of the study and underlined the study’s importance for the work of the REGI Committee.
If you want to learn more about the conclusions and recommendations of the study, have a look at the block below.
Watch video of the event (with multilingual interpretation):
Further reading: EU tools to respond to natural disasters