In a letter, she said the Commission may not be able to pay flood aid to Germany because it fears there are no more reserves to provide. The European Commission funds for aid after natural disasters have probably been almost completely depleted this year, making the disbursement unlikely.
The European Commission had promised aid to Germany after a devastating flood in July that hit the region.
Storms with unusually heavy rainfall are responsible for the catastrophic summer flooding, which devastated areas under the effects of colossal amounts of water.
One area particularly affected by the circumstances was the Ahr Valley, which killed at least 134 people.
However, according to a letter from the Commission President to Green MEP Rasmus Andresen, it seems unlikely that the promised financial aid will be delivered.
This suggests that it may not be possible to disburse the financial aid – which would be worth millions – in a timely manner, as reserves have been allocated elsewhere.
Ms Von Der Leyen replied that the European Commission has already allocated almost all of the funds available to help projects after other natural disasters in the last 12 months.
He specifies that almost all of the funds available in 2021 have already been allocated to provide assistance following the consequences of other natural disasters.
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According to the letter, the head of the Commission promised to examine all possibilities and other avenues to help the countries affected by the floods.
Rasmus Andresen, Greens / EFA budget spokesperson, said in response to the oversight: “It is an indefensible situation that populations and regions affected by summer floods cannot wait for financial assistance from the ‘European Union. The EU must be set up financially in such a way that it can provide sufficient and unbureaucratic aid in the event of disasters and crises.