Zovko: 683 million euros should help to heal some wounds caused by the earthquake in Croatia

Brussels, 23 November 2020

Today, the European Parliament gave its green light for European financial assistance to Croatia in response to the devastating earthquakes that affected the city of Zagreb and the counties of Zagreb and Krapina-Zagorje in March earlier this year. Croatia will receive 683,7 million euros from the European Union Solidarity Fund.

Željana Zovko welcomed the decision. „This example of European solidarity to Croatia will allow the country to recover from the impact of the earthquake while addressing at the same time the consequences of the unprecedented health situation,“ she stated. In an immediate reaction after the earthquakes, Zovko called on Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management, to make Croatia a priority in the distribution of aid, including related to the covid-19 pandemic. Zovko has been closely involved in the legislative work to improve the European Unions’s disaster risk management to better protect its citizens.

The European Commission has already paid an advance of 88.9 million euros in aid in August this year, which was the largest advance payment in the history of the European Union Solidarity Fund. The fund aims to provide financial support to Member States and enlargement countries as a response to severe natural disasters. So far, it has been used for 88 disasters in 24 countries, amounting to 5.5 billion euros. In addition to the assistance to Croatia, the European Parliament also approved support to Poland, after being affected by floods, and to several Member States in mitigating the effects of the Covid-19 virus.

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