According to the European Commissioner for Crisis Management and Humanitarian Aid Janez Lenarčič, the EU has at its disposal "a number of instruments to support the member states." We are talking, in particular, about the EU Solidarity Fund.
"After a request from a member country and an assessment by the European Commission, the Solidarity Fund can cover part of the costs incurred by the authorities during operations (to overcome the emergency) and reconstruction," the EU Commissioner said.
The funds can be transferred to the restoration of infrastructure, the cost of cleaning work, as well as the protection of important cultural property.
Janez Lenarčič clarified that Germany did not ask the EU for assistance within the framework of the so-called "civil protection mechanism". He added that the European Commission is also offering many information initiatives and programs to help the community member countries improve protection against natural disasters.
Meanwhile, a new wave of the coronavirus pandemic, natural disasters in China and Germany and a cyberattack on key South African ports threaten global supply chains, the flow of raw materials, parts and consumer goods.