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SOLIDARITY FUND AID TO EMILIA-ROMAGNA.

The European Commission has proposed to allocate 670 million to the region of Emilia-Romagna under the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF). The support is the highest ever amount allocated by the EUSF since its creation in 2002. The aid follows two severe consecutive earthquakes and hundreds of aftershocks in the region during May and June 2012 (27 people killed). The Italian authorities reported direct damage amounting to 13.3 billion, ie 3 billion more than the record damage caused by the L'Aquila earthquake in the Abruzzo region in 2009. Like any aid from the EUSF, it will mainly help cover the huge costs of restoring essential infrastructure, providing shelter and rescue services. The Commission's proposal will now need to be approved by the member states' finance ministers and the European Parliament.

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Publication:European Report
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Geographic Code:4E
Date:Sep 20, 2012
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