EP to grant Poland EUR 12 mln to mitigate storm damage

It was the northern, north-central and western Polish provinces that were most affected. Photo: PAP/Artur Reszko

Today, the European Parliament (EP) is expected to give the green light to EUR 12 mln of aid to Poland, intended to help it deal with extensive damage caused by violent storms this summer.

It was the northern, north-central and western Polish provinces that were most affected.

This year’s weather phenomena were extremely cruel not only for Poland but also for Greece, Lithuania and Bulgaria which also will receive financial help to alleviate the damage caused by fires, storms and other natural phenomena.

All the above-mentioned states will receive a total of EUR 34 mln from the EU Solidarity Fund. The agreement to have financial help dispatched to the affected member states has been expressed by the MEPs of the EP’s budgetary commission, which accepted the report from the former EU budget commissioner and Polish MEP Janusz Lewandowski.

“There were no controversies in the Parliament. We want to accelerate the distribution of these monies. They should come as a single tranche,” Mr Lewandowski told Polish Radio.

“It’s good that even when disagreements between member states grow larger, a link of understanding prevails,” said the Law and Justice MEP Zbigniew Kuźmiuk.

The money may be used for rebuilding works or to cover the costs of emergency services, temporary accommodation, clean-up works and the protection of national heritage. The EU funds are expected to lessen the financial burden of dealing with damage following natural disasters which would normally rest on state authorities.

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