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EU Grants and Loans

Volume 472: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to receive advice from the EU on what the grant from the Solidarity Fund can be used for; and if she will make a statement. (190999)

The scope of operations eligible under the EU Solidarity Fund are set out in Council Regulation (EC) No. 201/2002. This explains the aim of the Fund which is to complement the efforts of the states concerned and cover a share of their public expenditure in order to help them carry out the following essential emergency operations:

(a) immediate restoration to working order of infrastructure and plant in the fields of energy, water and waste water, telecommunications, transport, health and education;

(b) providing temporary accommodation and funding rescue services to meet the immediate needs of the population concerned;

(c) immediate securing of preventive infrastructures and measures of immediate protection of the cultural heritage;

(d) immediate cleaning up of disaster-stricken areas, including natural zones.

Payments from the Fund are limited to finance works alleviating non insurable damages incurred by public bodies.