EU Commission 'Should Adopt New Approach' to Disasters, Emergency - MEP

Bulgaria in EU | October 21, 2014, Tuesday // 07:37|  views

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The European Commission needs a more comprehensive and coordinated approach to disaster and emergency response, MEP Iliana Iotova has said.

"Damage of [this year's] floods in Bulgaria is estimated at over EUR 300 M. People from Mizia, from the Black Sea region, from Central Bulgaria are still waiting for the money the EU Commission is to grant them. Out of these EUR 300 M we are to have only 10 M and they will only come through the Solidarity Fund," the Bulgarian National Radio quotes Iotova as saying in Brussels.

Administrative procedures preventing the timely allocation of aid to those affected should also be reviewed, Iotova has added, reminding even the EUR 10 M that will not reach Bulgarians before mid-2015.

She believes that, given the insufficiency of the EU's Solidarity Fund, other tools should also be used.

This year Bulgaria and Southeast Europe as a whole were hit by deadly floods that took tens of lives and left hundreds of buildings damaged or completely destroyed.


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Tags: Iliana Iotova, disaster, emergency, Mizia, floods, Black Sea, EU Commission, Solidarity Fund


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