The Commission announces today a first disbursement of financial aid worth €88.9 million under the EU Solidarity Fund (EUSF) to Croatia, following the devastating earthquake that hit the city of Zagreb and its surroundings on 22 March 2020. This comes as a contribution to the country’s efforts to assist the population, restore essential infrastructures and services.
Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira, said: “Croatia and its capital city have suffered one of the most severe natural disasters in more than a century, causing heavy damage and disruption. In addition, it happened at a moment when the population was already suffering from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown. Today’s decision aims at alleviating the heavy burden this has had on the country and shows once again the EU solidarity in such difficult times.”
Croatia will receive the advance payment, which is the highest ever paid out under the EUSF, within the next days. In the meantime the Commission is completing its analysis of the request submitted by the Croatian authorities and will propose a final amount of aid, to be approved by the European Parliament and the Council.