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MEPs on the Budgets Committee voted by 36 in favour to 1 against, with 0 abstentions to release €1,196,797,579 from the EU Solidarity Fund (EUSF) to repair the damage caused by earthquakes in Central Italy in 2016 and 2017.
The earthquakes ranged from 5.9 to 6.5 on the Richter scale, followed by a multitude of aftershocks, affected vast areas of the Apennines chain in Central Italy, in particular the regions of Abruzzo, Lazio, Marche and Umbria. 333 people lost their lives and over 30.000 people were displaced and in need of assistance.
Rapporteur Giovanni La Via (EPP, IT) said: “The EU promised to help Italy face this tragedy; I am proud to say we are delivering on this. €1.2 billion is the biggest ever use of the EU Solidarity Fund, which will be used to help the people of Umbria, Lazio, Marche and Abruzzo, dramatically affected by the earthquakes, to plan a new future. It will help the reconstruction undertaken by our Government and local authorities.”