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Disasters in the EU: Georgieva wants to speed up the release of funds

(Credit: European Commission)

(BRUSSELS2) The European Commissioner for Civil Protection, the Bulgarian Kristalina Georgieva, would like the aid provided within the European Union to have the same effectiveness as that provided outside. She confirmed this during her press conference on August 18, devoted mainly to Pakistan. “ It's a little abnormal — she explained, responding to a question posed by a colleague from Polish television — I have the option of triggering financial assistance within 24 hours up to a limit of 3 million euros when there is an accident in a country that does not belong to the European Union (Moldova or Ukraine) within the framework of the Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) (1). But for Poland or Romania I can't. And the funds from the Solidarity Fund take several long months to be released (a budgetary procedure is required with the agreement of the 27 Member States and the European Parliament for each financing).

The Commissioner therefore wants to evolve this device because this creates frustrations for our populations ". " I would like to propose an identical system inside the EU. I am going to propose for the Member States to have a payment in advance, fast, which will demonstrate our solidarity. » This should be part of the proposals that it will put on the table in the communication, which it will present in the autumn (text presented to the Commission in October, adopted in November).

(1) The EC effectively formalized, at the beginning of the 1990s, a specific procedure for humanitarian aid allowing funds to be released as quickly as possible. First emergency aid can thus be released, upon simple signature of the “highest ranking person in the house” (the commissioner if he is there, the general director or the duty director), up to an amount of 3 million. Beyond that, the Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid received delegation from the Commission to take decisions up to 10 million euros (lasting crisis) or 30 million euros (emergency crisis), after an initial assessment .

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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  • the secret! it is still and always the creation of a modular European or even Euro-Mediterranean rapid intervention force. A real ministry of civil protection, a budget allocated like the FSUE but available, and a real reserve force. There is no shortage of projects!

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