“Heavy rains across Central Europe have turned vast regions into lakes and have flooded historic city centres claiming several lives and forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands. On behalf of the EPP Group, I send my sincere condolences to the families of the victims. I express my solidarity to all the citizens affected by the floods and wish strength to all of those who are bravely fighting to protect their homes", said Joseph Daul, Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament.
Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and Hungary have been hit hard over the past few days by heavy rains. A state of emergency has been declared in many areas.
"I find it exemplary how citizens and authorities are fighting closely together to keep the rivers behind the dykes to mitigate the damages. I pay homage to their bravery and endurance", said Joseph Daul.
“It will be vital to apply the EU's Solidarity Fund to provide tangible support in such disastrous situations. We call on the European Commission to provide support for the areas affected by the economic and social impact of the disasters in the swiftest possible manner. The EPP Group wants to see that the Commission, following the submission by national and regional authorities of their respective reconstruction plans, immediately takes steps to ensure that the financial resources required are disbursed as swiftly, effectively and flexibly as possible. The European Union should also consider reviewing its strategy for cross-border flood protection. Cross-border disasters need cross-border prevention and reaction", concluded the Chairman of the largest political Group in the European Parliament.
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The EPP Group is by far the largest political group in the European Parliament with 269 Members and 3 Croatian Observer Members.
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