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Programme: European Union Solidarity Fund

European Union Solidarity Fund
Acronym EUSF
Type of Fund Action programme
Description of programme
"European Union Solidarity Fund"

At the request of a Member State or country involved in accession negotiations with the European Union, assistance from this fund may be mobilised when a major natural disaster with serious repercussions on living conditions, the natural environment or the economy occurs.

These general principles apply:

  • In the event of a major disaster, there is only one single eligibility criterion - damage in excess of a threshold, specific for each country
  • The EUSF can also intervene for smaller so-called 'extraordinary regional disasters' where the majority of the population of a region is affected, and if it is deemed that the disaster will have serious and lasting effects on its economic stability and living conditions
  • The EUSF works primarily as a refinancing instrument for emergency operations following a disaster. Once the grant is paid out, it can re-finance certain types of emergency measures from day one of the disaster.
Link Link to Programme
Thematic Focus Disaster Prevention, Security
EU Macro-Regions
Danube Region, Adriatic and Ionian Region, Alpine Region, Baltic Sea Region
Funding area EU Member States
Candidate Countries
Origin of Applicant EU Member States
Candidate Countries
Eligible applicants National Government
Type of Funding Grant
Contact Details European Commission 
DG Regional and Urban Policy 
Unit E1/EUSF 
B-1049 Brussels 

Johannes Wachter 
Tel.: +32 2 296 65 15 

Nyla Cruz
phone: +32 2 295 36 09 

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