On 27 April 2020, the European Commission received its first preliminary application - from Italy - for financial support from the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF), to address the coronavirus outbreak and its effects. The EUSF was created in 2002 to respond to major natural disasters. During 2002-2019 it provided over €5.5 billion to assist 24 countries in the aftermath of 88 natural disasters, including floods, forest fires, earthquakes, storms and drought. From 1 April 2020, the scope of the EUSF was extended to encompass major public health emergencies, as part of a package of measures (the “Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative”) aimed at quickly directing €37 billion of European public investment to address the impacts of the Coronavirus crisis.
For 2020, the EUSF has €800 million at its disposal to provide the EU countries worst affected by the Coronavirus crisis, with financial aid for immediate response measures, such as provision of medical assistance and purchase of medical equipment, support to vulnerable groups, measures to contain the spreading of the disease, strengthening preparedness, and more. The European Commission will collect all Coronavirus-related applications until 24 June 2020, and assess them in a package in order to ensure an equitable treatment of all cases. It will then submit a proposal for financial aid to the European Parliament and the Council.
This news item is based on a press release of the European Commission on 27 April 2020 (see web-link below).
European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC)
CAPTION FOR FIGURE: [ The European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) operates in complementarity with other EU instruments addressing disaster risk management (DRM), especially the European Structural and Investment Funds, and the DRM policies driven by the Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO). © European Commission. ]